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California State Railroad Museum

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Address: 111 I St, Sacramento, CA 95814-2204
Phone Number: +1 916-323-9280
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10:00 - 17:00
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Sun - Sat 10:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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North America's largest railroad museum draws more than 500,000 train...

North America's largest railroad museum draws more than 500,000 train enthusiasts annually.

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Kids old and young will like this place

Great history lessons and you get to climb on and touch actual trains. Weekends they have train rides available for purchase.

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 6 days ago
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Seattle, Washington
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Seattle, Washington
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Great history lessons and you get to climb on and touch actual trains. Weekends they have train rides available for purchase.

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Toronto, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Large & excellent museum; thought i did not care at all about the development of the railroad, but i was very interested. There is a short guided tour and then you wander on your own. Allow about 2 hours [or all day for the train buff!]

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Pasadena, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I've been coming here since I was a kid! See the movie upstairs first (slightly dated and maybe boring for littler ones), but then tour all of the trains. The real trains are set up to tour and walk through. It's super cool. My kids loved the high speed simulator, the model trains to push a button and run, and... More 

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Victorville, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I had been to Old Town Sacramento every year for the last 10 years and never visited this museum! It is quite expensive but I am glad I finally went. I spent about two and a half hours there. The best exhibit in my opinion is the golden spike in a case.

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El Paso, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We so enjoyed the presentation of the early 1900's trains, to the Locomotive Steam Engines, then there was the riding car with the beds made up for the overnight stays, along with a Great DINING ROOM CAR. It showed us the front and back views of the small kitchen, which served a place setting fit for a king or queen.... More 

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Hugo, Minnesota
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We decided to visit this museum because my husband is a rail fan and because we had a rainy day on our vacation. This place was great! Lots of nice steam and diesel locomotives, rolling stock, passenger cars. The upper level has a nice collection of model trains.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A very interactive museum. Museum tour highlights the history and importance of railroads. Technology simulator and STEM experience in 2nd floor makes the trip enjoyable for everyone

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Salt Lake City, Utah
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

There are all types of trains and displays which will take you back in time to see how trains moved people and products across the country. The museum is indoors so the weather isn't a concern. The museum is laid out well and can easily be done in an afternoon.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We have taken many guests here and they always have a great time. The number of things to see is awesome and it is a good value when sight-seeing. Check on schedules in advance, though, because something we wanted to tour was not available and it was the middle of the day.

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Vista, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a must see if you are in Sacramento. The train displays are great and the ability to climb on a variety of locomotives is a big plus. We recommend the train ride (additional cost) and a free docent guided tour. We have been twice, and always spend a solid half day.

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