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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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Fun and informative

This is worth the trip to Old Sacramento - it gives you a good idea about this terminus of the railroads but also about the larger history of rails in the US. As good as the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 23, 2015
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Sacramento, California, United States
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Cotati, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015 NEW

i had never been on a train and got to go and experience how it feels had a great time My husband had been on trains since the 1940's so he was thrilled to see my reaction as a first time rider.

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Sacramento, California, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015 NEW

This is worth the trip to Old Sacramento - it gives you a good idea about this terminus of the railroads but also about the larger history of rails in the US. As good as the comparable museum in Aguascalientes, Mexico.

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Great Falls, Montana
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19 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015 NEW

This is a huge interactive museum with large displays, train cars that you can enter, and great historical value. It's plain fun and the brief tour is worth the time. You can see why kids and seniors both love it. It's just cool. Not so huge or overwhelming that your eyes glaze over. It's just right. Administered by State Park... More 

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Lowell, MI
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015 NEW

Loved that this was very interactive, including a moving sleeping car. This is a hands-on railroad museum with one-of-a-kind pieces of equipment. I highly recommend this!

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Sacramento, California, Usa
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289 reviews 289 reviews
64 attraction reviews
81 helpful votes 81 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015

The history and artifacts from the museum are collected throughout the original railroad. Located in Old Sacramento. We visited the museum not long ago. Amazed by the number of trains. Old locomotives that have since long been decommissioned. Plenty of exhibits. Lots of chile exhibits. Enough to spend a whole day. Staff around the facility are helpful and easy to... More 

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El Dorado Hills, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015

Been here several time and t is an excellent museum. Well kept , good docents, lots to see. There is a a large number of trains and especially some one of a kind ones. The displays are awesome and kept up. There is an upstairs area for kids to take a break . Dont miss this one!

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Santa Clara, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015

Just visited today with our 3 yr old. - plan for 3-4hrs, including the video they show - small but very good selection of trains and train cars showing post office, freezer cars, business car, building tracks, diner car etc. - they also have a big Roy train section upstairs if u like. This includes several small tracks for little... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015

This is one of my favorite museums. the trains are jewels of restoration. I highly recommend the movie and the tour (both included with the price of admissions). then you will need about another hour or two to wander around and through the trains. I'd allow a half day minimum to the museum, more if you want to ride the... More 

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Orange County, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2015 via mobile

Made a stop here during our road trip on a recommendation from a friend. What a fantastic museum. My husband, 7 and a half and 2 and a half year olds LOVED IT. It has everut huh ing for every age group. History of the engineering and railroad expansion, exploring the various cars and engines on display (the sleeping car... More 

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Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015

I went to the museum with my grown-up children and my toddler grandchild. We all loved it! The little one loved climbing in and out of the trains and seeing all kinds of new stuff, and afterwards he enjoyed playing with the wooden building sets upstairs in the children's area. Many of the docents had actually worked on the trains... More 

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