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San Diego Model Railroad Museum

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Neighborhood: Balboa Park
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Address: 1649 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92101-1621
Phone Number: 619 696 0199
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11:00 am - 4:00 pm
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Tue - Fri 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Sat - Sun 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Description: One of the world's largest model railroad museums features a scale model...
One of the world's largest model railroad museums features a scale model railway that replicates San Diego's tracks.
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Best model train experience in North America

I will make this short and sweet. If you like trains, history, miniatures, woodworking, handmade craftsmanship or just revel in being around people who have passions in life, this... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 27, 2015
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 88 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015 NEW via mobile

I will make this short and sweet. If you like trains, history, miniatures, woodworking, handmade craftsmanship or just revel in being around people who have passions in life, this is your place. The details (multiple layouts, different scales, layouts ranging from historic scale replicas to Lionel fantasies) only matter to hardcore model railroaders. To everyone else, it is just an... More 

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Winter Springs, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 122 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015 NEW

Even if you are not into model trains you can't help but get caught up in the wonderful details of the city, mountains, bridges, natural details, tiny people and vehicles of all kinds living among the trains of different gauges moving about constantly. There is so much to see that we definitely want to return. The smaller kids will have... More 

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San Diego, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015 NEW

Small, but fun place to spend hours if you have going kids who love trains. Also, fun for adults! It's fun to check out the small details!

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Missouri City, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015 NEW

Go in, walk around, it's cool, it's free. The owner is very happy to talk trains with you. You can give a donation at the end if you like, there was no pressure though. Beware the "free appetizer" card they might give you for Miguel's. The food over there wasn't worth the visit and the free appetizer wasn't very good.

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Orange, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

They have a number of very large dioramas here. They are built and run by local clubs. The quality of workmanship is outstanding on most of them.

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San Diego, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2015

I have no complaints about the San Diego Model Railroad Museum as I'm sure that young boys would find it fun. That said, I spent very little time there as it was shockingly small. I took a group of International students there, they glanced over it, then said, "Now what?" I guess that phrase pretty much sums it up!

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Palmer, Alaska
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2015

A friend wants to visit this museum. I wasn't so keen on the idea. But I ended up having a great time. The model railroad clubs have all set up their own exhibits. There are mountains, bridges, towns, railroad yards, and lots and lots of trains. They come in all shapes and sizes. The clubs have a sense of humor.... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2015

Its very inexpensive to go through this museum and really only take about 20 min. Its fun to see and, for many, may bring back some childhood memories. Cheap and quick, if your in Balboa Park then make the quick trip.

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San Diego, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2015

One of my favorite places. Numerous displays of model railroads in several scale sizes. Lots of fun to watch the little towns, s entry, and mini people.

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Mexico City, Mexico
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2015

We really enjoyed seeing the railroad museum. It was free and reminded us of our childhood when so many had train sets. Thanks to the family that donated it.

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Additional Information about San Diego Model Railroad Museum

Address: 1649 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92101-1621
Phone Number: 619 696 0199
Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Diego>  > Balboa Park
Open Hours:
Sunday 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tuesday 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Wednesday 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Thursday 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Friday 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Saturday 11:00 am - 5:00 pm

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