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California State Railroad Museum

111 I Street, Sacramento, CA 95814
916-323-9280
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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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New York
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151 reviews 151 reviews
16 attraction reviews
134 helpful votes 134 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014 NEW

This is an excellent museum with wonderful exhibits. There are videos, and most importantly, guides who tell you all about the exhibits, The most fun was going through the old sleeper car and the dining car. You will think you are really riding on the train with the motion. If you never saw the movie Some Like It Hot you... More

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Reno, Nevada
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4 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014 NEW

When we lived in Martinez, my son's class took the Amtrak up to the Railroad Museum for a field trip and I went as a chaperone. The museum was interesting to see how the railroad has changed in all the many years. My son was interested because his dad worked for Southern Pacific out of Los Angeles before he was... More

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Sacramento, California
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33 reviews 33 reviews
5 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

We love coming here and seeing all the different models . The kids love being able to climb around on them

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12 reviews 12 reviews
4 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

A lot of old trains in very nice settings. We found it quite interesting and there were loads of toy trains upstairs. It is not that well lighted so not so good for photography.

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Olympia, Washington
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76 reviews 76 reviews
6 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

I operated and worked on steam engines (maritime) for over 20 years. The one thing that missed the mark, for me, is not enough access to the engineers seats! It is fine ... if all you want to do is look. I was looking for more. Maybe some examples of the work it took to keep those big engines running?... More

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San Francisco, California
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12 reviews 12 reviews
6 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

If you are a railroad person. It is a must place to visit !! All the rail cars are wonderful to walk through and see how it all was back then. Makes you want to experience the past.

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Winchester, Oregon
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20 reviews 20 reviews
6 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

The unassuming brick exterior belies the multitude of treasures within this museum's walls! You can walk through yourself at your own pace and be amazed at how many huge and beautiful and historic trains are inside this building but I suggest you allow the entertaining and knowledgable docents to give you a guided tour so you don't miss out on... More

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Tacoma, Washington
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18 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014

This is the BEST museum I have ever been too. The exhibits are awesome, the tour guides are wonderful and there is tons to do! You can even walk through old train cars and wee what it was like back then. A definite must!! Upstairs they have a HUGE model train setup which is also really fun to see.

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Hillsdale, Michigan
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

I'm not really a history buff but have always been interested in the Western expansion. I'm a photographer and enjoyed the photography exhibit that's part of the museum and enjoyed going into many of the cars and engines on display. Definitely a great place to go to if you have interest in American history as well as trains!

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Seattle, Washington
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6 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

Even if you don't like trains, this museum will keep your interest. You can tour many trains and the set up is very easy to go from one locomotive to another. Take a lunch, a book, and sit and watch your little ones play with the Thomas train tracks. A good place to relax and have some "me" time while... More

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