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California State Railroad Museum

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Address: 111 I St, Sacramento, CA 95814-2204
Phone Number: 916-323-9280
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10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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North America's largest railroad museum draws more than 500,000 train...

North America's largest railroad museum draws more than 500,000 train enthusiasts annually.

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We stopped into the museum with family. We had a mixed group of 4 adults and 2 children (14 and 10). We all really enjoyed the exhibits. Very interesting place and all of the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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Castro Valley, California
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Castro Valley, California
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7 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

We stopped into the museum with family. We had a mixed group of 4 adults and 2 children (14 and 10). We all really enjoyed the exhibits. Very interesting place and all of the volunteers were very friendly and informative.

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Orangevale, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I took my 4.5 year old grandson to the museum and we had an absolutely fantastic time. The engines and information were very well presented. The size of some of the locomotives is, to say the very least, impressive. Don't miss this place.

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Austin, Texas, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Outstanding train history, restorations, and related exhibits. The introductory film is very good but only shown on the hour so plan accordingly.

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Xiamen, China
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Even if you are not a huge train fan this is an excellent museum run by the California Parks Dept. Huge trains on display that rotate throughout the year to keep things fresh. Knowledgeable volunteers who know their trains! Spent 4 hours here. Also a large collection of new and antique toy trains of all kinds on display. You can... More 

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Vancouver, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We were on a road trip and decided to spend a few days in Sacramento. Someone suggested visiting the railroad museum and this turned out to be one of the highlights of our trip. The admission price is reasonable and the volunteers are very knowledgeable and helpful. The displays are outstanding and they appeal to all ages, Two of the... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The CSRM is a nice place to bring kids, with dozens of actual railway engines and many cars. Some of the trains are very old, including one of the originals (Tom Thumb). For small kids, there is a nice play area upstairs, with stuff to keep the kids occupied for some time.

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San Francisco, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Any child is going to love this museum. Its a wonderful collection of trains and train memorabilia and great for a day trip or part of a weekend getaway. Its in "Old Town" and is a gem and must for families with children

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Rochester, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Great way to begin our Amtrak journey through the mountains. Good look at the history in an interactive way which would appeal to children of every age.

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Sacramento, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

As a single lady who enjoys going places some times its hard to find places to go by your self. But when you go to the rail road museum in Sacramento I feel right at home. It has so many interesting things to see and whrn you start talking to other people you forget you are by yourself. It's a... More 

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St. Albans, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

For those who are rail enthusiasts this must be heaven because it is good for those with only a passing interest. You get to climb aboard some of the exhibits and understand a bit about the past era of travel. What has to be the best bit though is the toy train section in the third floor - so many... More 

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