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San Diego Model Railroad Museum

1649 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92101-1621 (Balboa Park)
619 696 0199
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Ranked #28 of 236 Attractions in San Diego
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Type: Specialty Museums
Description: One of the world's largest model railroad museums features a scale model railway that replicates San Diego's tracks.
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lanex
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257 reviews 257 reviews
140 attraction reviews
108 helpful votes 108 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014 NEW

I am not an aficionado but this would blow away anyone who had trains as a kid. Numerous layouts and the club members who are there are very enthusiastic about answering your questions and telling you about the layouts that they have great pride. O gauge, HO gauge, N gauge and some displays of other gauges and the history of... More

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San Diego, California
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014

great for little people and train lovers of any age. a little unknown fact - the museum runs a fabulous train club for young people to learn how to run their model trains on the museum track. a thomas the tank engine play room for little ones.

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San Marcos, California
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53 attraction reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014

Anyone who loves trains or model train has to see this museum. The replica of the Tehachapi Loop, will make you want to see the real thing. The exhibits are very well done and easy to view. The staff was very informative and we learned a lot about the various gauges of model trains.

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Fremont, California
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954 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2014

I enjoyed seeing the San Diego Model Railroad Museum. It is the world's largest such model railroad museum. They have various exhibits and also movies to watch. The best however is the three major model railroad layouts to see. The trains were running; the model railroad buildings and landscape were outstanding. There was even one that they had "redecorated" for... More

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Gold Coast, Australia
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30 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2014

As I have an interest in model railroads, this was a place I could not pass up. Needless to say I was not disappointed. All of the exhibits were very well done and I would look forward to seeing the museum expand.

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Niagara Falls, Canada
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21 attraction reviews
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014

Didn't know what to expect from this museum, but thought it was very good. The size and detail of the displays were impressive. The the biggest museum, but certainly worth the trip. About $8 entry.

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Chicago, Illinois
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014

This museum would be amazing for model railroad buffs, but for anyone else it's a little bit boring. We expected my 3 year old to be blown away, since he loves trains. It held his interest for a while but maybe he was just a year or two too young for it. There's barely any interactive stuff (except for a... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

When in there to check it out and fell in love with it especially since I love railroads I wanted to stay there cause everything was amazing

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Naples, Florida
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9 attraction reviews
62 helpful votes 62 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014

While in Balboa Park we decided to visit this museum and were not disappointed. It occupies many rooms and offers quite a spectacular scope of railroading in So. Cal. Enjoyable for both children and adults.

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sf bay area, ca
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15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014

My brother and I took our 3 boys (5, 4, and 3) there one afternoon in August. It is interesting that they charge (too much) for adults and let kids in free. Nonetheless, the boys had a blast. The dark "3 rail room" in the back had lots of cool sets that the boys just couldn't get enough of. The... More

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