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California State Railroad Museum

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Address: 111 I Street, Sacramento, CA 95814
Phone Number: 916-323-9280
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10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Activities: Arts and crafts
Description: 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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Informative and fun

I did not expect to enjoy this as much as I did. We waited for the docent to give us the tour, which helped us appreciate what we saw even more. Then, the fun part--exploring... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 29, 2015
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Sacramento, California
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Sacramento, California
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11 reviews 11 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015 NEW

I did not expect to enjoy this as much as I did. We waited for the docent to give us the tour, which helped us appreciate what we saw even more. Then, the fun part--exploring all the different locomotives and cars. We looked at the different steam engines and diesel engines, dining cars, mail cars, etc. Great for adults, kids,... More 

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Thousand Oaks, California
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23 reviews 23 reviews
6 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015 NEW via mobile

Cannot wait to return. This place surpassed every expectation I had when I needed a few hours to kill with my small child. We were blown away! So much to see and do here. Worth every penny and kept us entertained. We could have stayed longer but they close early (5pm). Thank you for such an amazing visit!

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Lacey, Washington
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40 reviews 40 reviews
4 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015 NEW

Stumbled across this during a visit to Old Sac and I'm glad I have it a try. Was very interesting and the Toy Train collection was a bonus attraction.

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28 reviews 28 reviews
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015 NEW

I loved this place...especially the area with the moving toy trains.... I would go again if I travel to California again...it's at a reasonable price

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Mission Viejo
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64 reviews 64 reviews
16 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015 NEW

Great Museum ... lots of interesting items , plan plenty of time - our group was rushed and we never got upstairs ..

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015 NEW

I always enjoy visiting the museum when I am in town. A lot of trains to look at and history of the railroad. This place is fun for all ages.

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Seattle, Washington
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015 NEW

If you like trains, this is the spot for you. We visited at my husband's request and I enjoyed the visit as well. Lots of history and some cool toy trains on the 2nd floor.

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Pomona, California
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16 reviews 16 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015 NEW

Great layout and wonderful display of Railroad Americana but compromised by politically correct tour history and unapologetic stereotyping and demeaning of the Irish contribution to the building of the West. Sad that such a tour spiel had to denigrate one group of loyal Americans to uplift another. Ruined an otherwise interesting afternoon.

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Swindon
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124 helpful votes 124 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015 NEW

I am a fan of railways (UK) or railroads (USA) so I've been looking at getting a chance to visit this one as the reviews have been extremely positive. I have to say I was surprised at how good this museum is given I've visited a few in the US and they are not always equal to those in the... More 

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Sacramento
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52 reviews 52 reviews
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16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015 NEW

I have lived in Sacramento since 1980 and had never thought to visit the museum before my nephews and niece visited us for the holidays. We LOvEd this museum. The kids were thrilled as they were from out of state and learned so much about CA and railroads that they shared their visit with their school mates and teachers when... More 

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