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San Diego Model Railroad Museum

Address: 1649 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92101-1621 (Balboa Park)
Phone Number: 619 696 0199
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Ranked #45 of 499 things to do in San Diego
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Specialty museums, Museums
Owner description: One of the world's largest model railroad museums features a scale...
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Type: Specialty museums, Museums
Hours:
Tue - Fri 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Sat - Sun 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Owner 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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Rocklin, California
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111 reviews 111 reviews
27 attraction reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015 NEW

I have been to the railroad museum in Old Town Sacramento so I was eager to visit this one. I was not disappointed and saw a few things that Sacramento didn't have. The staff is very helpful, friendly and you can tell they really love their jobs.

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San Diego
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7 reviews 7 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015 NEW

Lots of trains for a young grandchild, especially when they love trains. The employees are very interactive with the kids and adults alike. Miles and miles of trains of all sizes.

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Boston, MA
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

This was a not-too-expensive and very impressive area. The volunteers are really into their work, the layouts are great and there's none of the 'pay more for the really cool stuff once you're inside' that some of the Balboa Park museums (like Air and Space) have.

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Berkeley
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21 reviews 21 reviews
9 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

This is my youngest son's most liked place to visit in the world. Exotic exhibits using all varieties of model guages. A really great place to visit for the model train, or full size train, inthusiast.

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San Diego, California
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102 reviews 102 reviews
55 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

I like trains, prototype and models. This operating museum is one of the best operations I've seen anywhere. It hosts operating N, HO and O gauge layouts. Memberships are available in any of the clubs. For me it is worth at least a two hour visit. It is kid friendly and the volunteers are a friendly lot.

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Fountain Valley
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17 reviews 17 reviews
5 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Great fun for our train loving grandson - ran through the place following the "rails" like a train and had a wonderful time

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New York
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84 reviews 84 reviews
31 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2015 via mobile

We went to San Diego Model Railroad Museum and it was awesome. We saw trains from small to large new to old. There were exhibits and 7 train displays. They were all based on a place. One of them was the Grand Canyon. This place is really cool!

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Tijuana, Mexico
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56 reviews 56 reviews
15 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2015

Great place. You will see all kinds of trains and assume train track layouts. Great for the kids. You will want to set up a track at home. Get ideas for a garden set up.

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27 reviews 27 reviews
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18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2015 via mobile

2 adults 9 year old. In my opinion every train builders dream come true and any person that loves trains. I did not know what to expect till I saw the first 2 layouts on either side of me as I entered the entrance. Wow! Large! I wanted to bring some hot wheels and play along on the roads as... More 

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michigan
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7 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015

The museum felt much more like it was set up for the volunteers than for the visitors. Everything was behind glass. Most of the exhibits were at the right height for the men running them, but children wouldn't be able to see them. Nothing was interactive. Exhibits were so deep that much of them weren't visible to anyone. Volunteers ran... More 

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