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Address: 270 1st Street West, Sonoma, CA
Phone Number: (707) 938-1762
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Interesting museum with railroad exhibit

I got a preview of the railroad exhibit and it is most interesting. It focuses on the railroads of Sonoma Valley. There were several railroads that ran through the valley, both... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed January 1, 2015
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Glen Ellen
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125 reviews 125 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2015

I got a preview of the railroad exhibit and it is most interesting. It focuses on the railroads of Sonoma Valley. There were several railroads that ran through the valley, both of freight (fruit turkeys, milk, nuts) and passengers who came from San Francisco to our resorts and hotels.

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Yountville, California
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32 attraction reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2014

Looking for the world like another hokey tourist trap, this is building is a replica of the original 'Train Station' where visitors could board real scheduled passenger/freight trains. Trains that were called "Puffer Bellies" or more simply "Choo-Choos". Disbelief, skepticism, wonder - hey look; there's a nice bike path. With pedestrians walking along it! Lots of them. And, wonder of... More 

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Berkeley
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2013

It's not the greatest local museum in California but they have done a great job giving you a feel for part of old Sonoma. It's a short easy walk from the Plaza and well worth the visit. Also kid friendly

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San Francisco, CA
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2013

Find out all about the early days of Sonoma. Great photos from when the plaza was still the parade grounds.

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Chesterfield
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21 reviews 21 reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2013

We were out bike riding (June 2013) when we stumbled upon this museum. When we saw it was closed for the day (Monday) we were turning away when the door opened and we were ushered in by a lady who was the museum director. 'I'm here anyway, so why not come in'!. Spent an enjoyable hour there. There is a... More 

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Livermore, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2013

This hidden gem is the local history guild's museum. Look beyond the Bocce Ball courts on the north end of the Sonoma SHP parking lot. It is marked by three or four rail cars. One end is devoted to the depot history and trains, the other end on Sonoma history. Glad I did not miss seeing this.

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Glen Ellen
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125 reviews 125 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2013

When I write this review, I am approaching it from the view of a long-time docent. The museum cites history from the time of the native Americans to the history of the famiy of Mariano Vallejo to the Bear Flag Republic(1846) to the turn of the century (1900s) to the story of the railroads which ran until around 1960. It... More 

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