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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 #25 of 192 Attractions 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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13 reviews 13 reviews
5 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

If you're into model trains this is the place to go. Enormous lay out. Great for kids. Its kind of hidden in the lower level.

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Florida
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191 helpful votes 191 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2014

Because my dad was a model train enthusiast 50 years ago, I find them interesting today. When I learned of the railroad museum in Balboa Park, I had to check it out. Unfortunately, they were closing early the day before Thanksgiving, so we had less than half an hour to explore when we arrived. Because of the limited time, they... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014 via mobile

I've never been a model train enthusiast but the trip I made today changed my view.... First of all admission....$5 for military / first responder..$9 general admission.... Well worth it. friendly staff, included retired Military and Police. Amazing detail in the trains... 3 huge scales... Great fun to see. Thanks all in all for a great time! Will definitely be... More 

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Tabernacle, New Jersey
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14 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2014

We arrived with only an hour until closing thinking that it can't possibly be that large of a facility...we were wrong! We were celebrating my son's 12th birthday (he's been a train lover his entire life) with a day at Balboa Park. One of the volunteers recognized my son's love of train and invited us to take a "behind the... More 

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San Diego, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

As a child I was obsessed with trains. When I was younger, my father would take me the museum once or twice a year and it was never disappointing. Great for the family, kids will love it and adults will be astounded by the sheer amount of detail that goes into constructing these models. If you're ever in San Diego... More 

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Brighton, United Kingdom
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15 reviews 15 reviews
8 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2014

Was pleasantly surprised with the amount to see here, they have obviously put in much time and effort. They are working on more exhibits which I think will be ready in 2015 so will be even better. My 18 month old girl loved the children's area although the stairs are quite steep to access it. There are some buttons to... More 

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San Diego, California
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26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014

The displays are wonderful. The venue more than adequate. The shop had enough railroad related items to keep the most avid shopper busy. The presentation is very kinder friendly. I've been many times over the past years and am never disapponted.

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lanex
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116 helpful votes 116 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014

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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16 reviews 16 reviews
7 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 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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67 attraction reviews
60 helpful votes 60 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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