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California State Railroad Museum

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Address: 111 I Street, Sacramento, CA 95814
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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Had researched this before we left Australia. My husband did not really want to come in with me but I persuaded him. We stayed for over 3 hours and he agreed it was the best... read more

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Had researched this before we left Australia. My husband did not really want to come in with me but I persuaded him. We stayed for over 3 hours and he agreed it was the best railway museum he had ever seen. We found it to be very informative and the displays are wonderful. To be able to walk through the... More 

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Highland Park, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Even if we hadn't visited on the hottest day of the year, it still would have been worth the $10 fee. Great for both young and old alike. We took the guided tour which lasted about a half hour and provided some interesting tidbits that you wouldn't have gotten without it. I appreciated that they had docents stationed through out... More 

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Sacramento, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Kids did not want to leave. We spent about 2 hours there and then walked around old sac and got some food.

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1 Thank Jeff W
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

The kids loved the room they got to play in. There was a train simulation that had a grumpy worker. Other than that it was nice! Much bigger than I thought.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I was at the California State Railroad Museum the first day it opened. I have been back many times and it continues to impress me. My favorite train is the sleeper car because it simulates the train moving and you can feel what it would actually be like to travel by train. The section of toy trains, including trains children... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The Transcontinental RR exhibit is well done with the actual Gov Stanford locomotive. The way the 3-dimensional snow shed blends into the background painting is remarkable. The Gold Spike is a must see. One wont be able to miss the huge "Cab-Forward steam locomotive. Toward the back of the main floor is a simulated train ride on a "pullman"- nicely... More 

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Sacramento, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I like to go to the railroad museum with my camera to practice with the different lighting and angles you can get here. It's a great place to take kids to learn a little about the history of the railroad in Sacramento and to see some of these large trains up close.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Visited with our three grandkids this summer and they loved the museum. It is well done, well laid out, and has really cool exhibits. Trains they can actually climb in, stories that appeal to the kids, a real train ride down the Sacramento river on weekends, and model trains they can run themselves. We had a hard time getting them... More 

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Sacramento, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Always a must if you are visiting Sacramento. Children love this place. They can clamber about on real trains, but they also can play with toy trains on tables fit for toddlers to younger children. Lots of interactive exhibits. This is not for just train buffs, but history buffs will enjoy it, too.

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Sacramento, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

this is such a worthwhile museum to visit. Not only do they have full sized machines, but the interiors, like the sleeping and dining cars, are preserved. Such a nostalgic look at how I traveled when I was young.

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