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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 237 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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Niagara Falls, Canada
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126 reviews 126 reviews
21 attraction reviews
55 helpful votes 55 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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81 reviews 81 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
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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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88 reviews 88 reviews
25 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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140 reviews 140 reviews
39 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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96 reviews 96 reviews
32 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 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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