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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 #27 of 235 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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Chicago, Illinois
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15 reviews 15 reviews
3 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 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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79 reviews 79 reviews
5 attraction reviews
57 helpful votes 57 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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24 reviews 24 reviews
11 attraction reviews
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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19 reviews 19 reviews
5 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

This is not a hand on, interactive place so if you hope to get to put a layout together and run the trains you will be disappointed. That said, if you are interested in model trains and layouts then it is a good place to visit. The layouts are extensive and detailed. The museum is actually a place where members... More

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Auckland
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85 reviews 85 reviews
24 attraction reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

I want to be a model railway driver or engineer. This place rocks! Don't try to rush it as there are several levels and lots of detail to take in.

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Sydney, Australia
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39 reviews 39 reviews
9 attraction reviews
79 helpful votes 79 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2014

The model railway Museum is very good and a worth while visit if you are into model trains. Adult entry fee is $8 each and I consider it worth the money. A couple of large layouts will keep you amused for an hour or two. The kids will love this place. The Model Railway Museum is located in Balboa park,... More

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Orange, Virginia
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133 reviews 133 reviews
36 attraction reviews
85 helpful votes 85 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014

Of course it helps if you love model trains, but really, one would have to be a curmudgeon not to enjoy this little museum. It is well worth the admission. Most of the layouts are based on real California railroads and the level of detail is mind boggling. In one there are little tiny people flying little tiny kites. These... More

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Richmond, Texas
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78 reviews 78 reviews
21 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

Fantastic setup of trains sets. Very well done - very detailed and scaled to landscape of area for each setting. Folks running trains were very friendly. They let our g-kids (age 9 & 12) go behind the scenes to show how everything is set-up and how things work. Spend about 20 minutes showing them the details of the various trains/buildings... More

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Roeland Park, KS, a KC suburb
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54 reviews 54 reviews
8 attraction reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

The variety of layouts here are great- and some are still a work in progress. There are folks there working on the layouts that were very informative when we asked about various items. The attention to details in all of the scenes is absolutely amazing!! They have obviously spent hundreds of thousands of hours on these layouts. If you look... More

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