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California State Railroad Museum

111 I Street, Sacramento, CA 95814
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Ranked #1 of 100 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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Folsom, California
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192 reviews 192 reviews
24 attraction reviews
108 helpful votes 108 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2014 NEW

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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22 reviews 22 reviews
4 attraction reviews
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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45 reviews 45 reviews
11 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
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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1,693 reviews 1,693 reviews
1,063 attraction reviews
988 helpful votes 988 helpful votes
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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Sacramento, California
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2014

The ability to enter the cars and see the old locomotives. You can go for a ride on one of the trains. Great for family and adults.

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Council Bluffs, Iowa
11 reviews 11 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2014

If you love trains this is a must. Toy trains, real trains, and anything trains!!! Learn history of trains, history of California, and pretend you are even on a train. Inside displays and out side, also. You are also riverside with a few eating place to check out. There is also city parking within walking distance if you can not... More

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242 reviews 242 reviews
105 attraction reviews
147 helpful votes 147 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2014

We don't think of ourselves as railway buffs but we do like a BIG US train! There were lots here to please us! Very good displays & helpful guides. I loved the dining car set with china from each train company & we bought a plat as a memento. We were on a tour & our time was limited which... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

Even if you are not particularly into trains, this museum has impressive attractions for the entire family. It's easy to get through quickly if you are in a hurry, but one can also spend a couple of hours here if you want to learn more about trains.

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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

The railroad museum is very interesting! Great for the family. You learn a lot that you didn't know before. Just really cool to take a step back in time (:

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