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California State Railroad Museum

111 I Street, Sacramento, CA 95814
916-323-9280
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Ranked #1 of 96 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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Sacramento, California
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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

Recently visited the California State Railroad Museum for the third time. Although I initially went because of my son, I realized that this is just an amazing museum for all ages. It provides an interesting background of the history of the railroads in California. There are guided tours (though I haven't been able to participate as I have a toddler... More

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Fountain Hills, Arizona
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31 reviews 31 reviews
3 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

A must stop if in area.. Spent several hours in what turned out to be more than a couple cabooses and a locomotive. The museum is rich in history beyond just the trains alone.... enjoyable for all ages.. Be sure and take the time to walk through the dining cars..great display of the kitchens.. All aboard!

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Madison, Wisconsin
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12 reviews 12 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

At present, the Railroad Museum is TripAdvisor's #1 attraction in Sacramento, and I believe this rating is totally justified. If you are only going to pay for one attraction in Sacramento, this is the place. Lots of historic trains from various periods, all lovingly and painstaking restored and cleaned up. You don't fully appreciate the significance of trains in the... More

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Plano, Texas
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70 attraction reviews
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 NEW

If you have any nostalgia for train travel or enjoy old railroad cars, this is the place to be. Everyone will enjoy the visit and give yourself about an hour to really enjoy it. There are model trains on the upper level and real ones down below. Some you can climb on or walk through. There are rail cars from... More

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32 reviews 32 reviews
16 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014 NEW

As a family, we arrived about 75-80 minutes before closing. I was afraid that we would not have enough time to see the museum, but fortunately, we were able to see the majority of the exhibits. One of the best exhibits was on the transcontinental railroad. The transcontinental railroad could arguably be considered one of the greatest capital ventures in... More

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Diamond Bar CA
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9 reviews 9 reviews
6 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014 NEW

If you do not know a Cab Forward from an EMD F-7; if you have no use of the profound impact railroads had on California history; if you want to really be impressed by the thoughtful display of historic artifacts, the California State Railroad Museum should be on your "must-do" list when visiting Sacramento. The collection is world-class and the... More

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Powell River, Canada
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42 reviews 42 reviews
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14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

we really liked this museum it is a lot of fun. Take the time to watch the free movies first they explain a lot of what you will see in this massive museum.

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Sacramento
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49 reviews 49 reviews
17 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

I'm not exactly a train buff but I have to admit that this place is pretty awesome! I love the train set they have set up. It makes me want to set up my own! It's really cool that they let you walk around inside of the train cars. The employees are really nice and are very passionate about their... More

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Midpines, California
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4 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

I am a train buff from way back and have Soren other train exhibits, but nothing compares with this! It is huge so there is a lot of walking involved but it's totally worth it, and definitely worth the admission price! We even met a worker who had worked on the one steel train when it was still operating wonderful,... More

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West Sacramento California
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

This is a great museum for the family or even if you are alone. You do not have to be a railroad buff to visit. It is located in Old Sacramento, close to many good restaurants. It is a very impressive museum with a great collection.

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