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California State Railroad Museum

111 I Street, Sacramento, CA 95814
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Ranked #1 of 97 Attractions in Sacramento
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Specialty Museums, History Museums, Museums
Activities: Arts and crafts
Description: North America's largest railroad museum draws more than 500,000 train enthusiasts annually.
Useful Information: Activities for older children
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Maidstone, UK
19 reviews 19 reviews
9 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014 NEW

you get a good story about the history of central California and the speed that the railroads changed things - and a nice ride outside if you can!

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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30 reviews 30 reviews
17 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014 NEW

I thought this museum would be more aimed at kids, but there is a lot for adults to see and learn about too! I would recommend going on a guided tour (free) through the museum. The tour guide was very knowledgeable and funny, and he had a lot of interesting information that they normally don't tell you. Also, make sure... More

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Waco, Texas
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33 reviews 33 reviews
5 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

My daughter and I took her boys, 4 & 9, to this museum. The older one enjoyed the tour and going in and out of some of the real RR cars. The younger enjoyed looking at the toys and playing in the kids' play area. They also have a gift shop.

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Earth, Texas
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209 reviews 209 reviews
46 attraction reviews
133 helpful votes 133 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

This is a wonderful and amazing museum dedicated to the history of California and its railroads and definitely the number one attraction in Sacramento. We visited by surprise and even could join the free guided tour. I would highly recommend this museum to everyone interested in California history and trains. Therefore it is suitable for all ages and you could... More

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Oakland CA
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89 reviews 89 reviews
30 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

Great exhibits and tours. I do love good museum gift shops and I found plenty here to buy: postcards at a very good price, a wonderful cat ruler (3D), lots of railroad related stuff.

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Salt Lake City, UT
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387 reviews 387 reviews
106 attraction reviews
363 helpful votes 363 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

The railroad museum is a part of the California State Park system and is located on one end of Old Sacramento. There is metered street parking - 2 hours, or a parking lot very near by that was about $13 a day (as I recall). Our motel was less than a mile away, so we opted to walk. Sacramento has... More

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Suisun City, California
14 reviews 14 reviews
8 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

this is a great day to spend, at this railroad museum. expect to spend at lease 3 hours if you are a camera clicker. railroad buffs and kids will very happy at this location, enjoy, ed

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Sacramento, California
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24 reviews 24 reviews
4 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

All of the kids, big and little enjoyed the museum. Who doesn't love trains and their history. Parking can be a pain so we always use one of the garages.

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Indio, California
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26 reviews 26 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

I'm not all that into railroads but wow, this is one heck of a museum. The engines are immaculate and shine like crazy. If you're in the area you need to stop by and check it out.

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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62 reviews 62 reviews
34 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

even if you are not a train buff you must come here, it is a real find and it has all the history of the railways of the north west. take the tour Our tour leader was called Jack and what a fountain of knowledge, what I personally got from this 20 min tour was amazing, his wealth of knowledge... More

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