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California State Railroad Museum

111 I Street, Sacramento, CA 95814
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Ranked #1 of 70 Attractions in Sacramento
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: History Museums, Specialty Museums, Museums
Activities: Arts and crafts
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Owner description: North America's largest railroad museum draws more than 500,000 train enthusiasts annually.
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Rescue, Ca.
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65 reviews 65 reviews
55 attraction reviews
77 helpful votes 77 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2014 NEW

I've been to several different railroad museums throughout North America and this one is definitely one of the best. It's very well laid out and informative and has some fantastic locomotives and cars. It also has a great gift shop and resource center. Have lunch in Old Sac and visit this place. A must for train buffs.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2014 NEW

Located in Old Sacramento, the docents and the exhibits present how the railroad was build in America and the type of people, tools and equipment were used to make California what it is today.

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148 reviews 148 reviews
19 attraction reviews
448 helpful votes 448 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2014 NEW

If you like old trains at all, or just remember what taking the train meant years ago, you will really enjoy a visit to this museum. Railroads meant a great deal to California as it began to develop. This museum focuses on that important role. Lots of trains to climb into and explore. Docents who really know what they are... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2014 NEW

This railroad museum, is world class. It has on display every type of train, and rail car that you can imagine. I was impressed by the theater and film presentation. After the movie was over, the screen rolls up and you walk into what they called the Sierra scene, and from then on your on your tour. The volunteers answer... More

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Davis, CA
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204 reviews 204 reviews
17 attraction reviews
97 helpful votes 97 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2014 NEW

If you love trains this is the place. The railrod Museum has trains from many ages and you can actually go inside and explore. Kids would love it here especially the "big" kids.

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Folsom, California
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24 attraction reviews
108 helpful votes 108 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2014

The California State Railroad Museum attracts railroad enthusiasts from around the world. The museum focuses on the role played by railroads in California's history, including an outstanding visual recreation of the effort needed to construct the trans-continental railroad through the Sierra Nevada. There are full-sized steam-driven locomotives, Pullman cars, mail cars, restaurant cars and other displays which provide a unique... More

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Cupertino, California
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15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

Great visit day before Veterans day - While the history of the trains and the people that built the rail system was very interesting, the free guided tour and the volunteer guides were especially awesome. The perspective they brought by taking us back in time was memorable (some of them were a descendant or knew someone closely that worked on... More

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chicago, il
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2014

located right across from the Sacramento Amtrak station it's a train lovers delight. they have all types of railroad engines and cars that you can look at and some of them you can walk through or on. great opportunity to take pictures of some of the trains you have good angles but some of them are inside so the light... More

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Saraland, Alabama, United States
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69 reviews 69 reviews
18 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2014

I surprised my husband and took him here for one of our sight seeing places in Sacramento and we were both impressed and absolutely loved it. We even went back and watched the 20 minute film after we got started walking through and liked it also. There were a lot of different trains and some that you could walk through.... More

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Fremont, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2014

Having visited a number of railroad museums in the West, this is the BEST in the west. We enjoyed seeing the various trains. The exhibits are excellent and also explain a lot about railroad history. There are also train cars such as the dining car where one can see the kitchen and also the various "China" used by the trains.... More

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