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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 - 5:00 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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Train Wonderland

What a fun place for old, young and everyone! This museum is always a work in progress by various local railroad clubs sharing space in Balboa Park. The docents/conductors... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 27, 2015
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San Diego, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

What a fun place for old, young and everyone! This museum is always a work in progress by various local railroad clubs sharing space in Balboa Park. The docents/conductors operating the toy trains are always full of helpful information. Check out the new outdoor patio train that recreates a minature 1915 Panama-California Exposition in celebration of the centennial this year.... More 

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Ankleshwar, India
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015

This Museum has a huge collection of Model Rail road trains, Engines and other knick knacks. There is a big collection of working Models which makes it a delight for Young and old alike

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Torrance, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

So fab !!!! The cost is minimal. If you love model trains and lay outs do not miss this. It is in the same building as the History Center. Bathrooms lock up at 5 pm prompt. So go before or leave a little early, which is hard to do.

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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015

It is definitely one of the "Museums" you need to visit in Balboa Park. Obviously years and years have gone into construction and it is still not finished! My only criticism is that they should of had more trains running on all the different displays as there wasn't enough action for the public. The exception was the 3-rail display/model which... More 

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San Diego
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015

We are "lifetime" members, as I was always a fan of model trains and had a set as a young boy. Located right in the heart of "museum row" in Balboa Park, near the Prado Restaurant and downstairs from the Photographic Museum and San Diego History Museum, I highly recommend it. Tracing its history back to 1935, nowadays, local train... More 

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Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015

Brilliant model railway exhibit with a special night time town creation that is full of many little quirks and humour hidden in the display to find. Entry by donation.

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San Diego, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

A must see for kids and adults. If you like mini. train set up you'll be in for a real treat. Located under the San Diego History Museum it should be part of your Balboa Park experience.

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Iwakuni, Japan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

A great place to spend an afternoon! The detail of model railroads was really intriguing, and best of all, it's maintained by hobbyists who genuinely enjoy explaining their passion to visitors. My husband and I were surprised by how much we liked this place!

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kissimmee,fl
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

It is a nice museum with a large rail system which is a replica of the railroads in CA since the early days. This is quite a good attraction at Balboa Park for residents since it is FREE on specific Tuesdays. I may not have been so interested if we had to pay!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

Find trains of interest? Have an interest or memory of model rail trains and creative pathways formed? Do your self and those you know a favor and fine and enter the Model Railroad Museum. It is so worth your life connecting disconnect, that if you start the process of the entry, you will be sharing the joy with others for... More 

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