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California State Railroad Museum

111 I Street, Sacramento, CA 95814
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Ranked #1 of 96 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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Lawrenceville, New Jersey
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39 reviews 39 reviews
26 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

There are actual trains on display! Somehow seems like the museum was built probably inside a platform coz we saw a lot of embedded train tracks here,which was a unique experience. The displays were really nice and impressive. There was a lot of information bout the California Gold Rush. The interior is all about trains and has a miniature display... More

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Stevens Point, Wisconsin
20 reviews 20 reviews
8 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

The California State Railroad Museum was amazing. There was lots of information about the California Gold Rush, and, of course, lots of trains.

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San Francisco, California
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29 reviews 29 reviews
11 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014

My kids played with Brio trains when they were kids and they would've enjoyed this place if we visited in their youth. Lots of large, REAL trains. Some still drive, I've been told and they move them around when they have events at the museum. Some have been restored so beautifully on the outside. We were able to walk inside... More

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Chippenham, England, United Kingdom
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153 reviews 153 reviews
62 attraction reviews
72 helpful votes 72 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014

There are a few absolutely HUGE old locos in here, together with some that wouldn't look out of place in a film or in a Western on TV. Good surrounding info & artefacts. A definite for railway fans.

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Top Contributor
57 reviews 57 reviews
10 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014

Original vintage locomotives and railroad cars. Great for the hobbyist, too. Even if trains aren't your thing, you have to be amazed at some of the steam engines.

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Senior Contributor
42 reviews 42 reviews
12 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

This museum is outstanding and has so much history on the area and railroads in general. Watch out for those statutes....some are real!

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Sacramento, CA
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35 reviews 35 reviews
22 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

When we have first time visitors to Sacramento, we always take them here (and to the State Capitol--see separate review). For anyone who even likes trains a little bit, this museum is fascinating. You can easily spend a day here if you want but 1-3 hours is a good plan. The staff is quite knowledgeable and can answer almost any... More

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407 reviews 407 reviews
238 attraction reviews
191 helpful votes 191 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

An impressive collection of everything to do with railways. Those engines are huge when you’re standing right up to them. Even the staff wear the period uniforms. Very detailed exhibits, very comprehensive, very much worth a visit.

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Estero, Florida
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22 reviews 22 reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

Fabulous display of one of the most unique train engines ever made: Southern Pacific's cab forward engine. This engine is so big, they built the museum around it! A wonderful place for kids and adult train enthusiasts. Also the most complete set of Lionel O-gage trains I have ever seen

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New York
4 reviews 4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

A fantastic museum. A step back in time. Made me want to board a train immediately. Actual period trains. Everybody friendly.

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