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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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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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Every time I go here (about once a year with my daughter) things have changed a little bit - a good thing!. Some of the displays are old but well kept up. If you have the time... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 6 days ago
Joel B
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San Diego, California
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San Diego, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Every time I go here (about once a year with my daughter) things have changed a little bit - a good thing!. Some of the displays are old but well kept up. If you have the time to REALLY look, you'll see how much time and detail they've put into these still-working displays over the years. Good for adults AND... More 

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Murrieta, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

A must see if you are in Balboa Park. We have visited many times in the past. The layouts are phenomenal, the work that goes into creating the representation of the SW California railroading is great. The trestles, mountains, canyons, cities all come to life. For the younger crowd there is steps, that one can stand on and be able... More 

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Thank SoCalOregonian
San Diego, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We had a family outing at this museum. Everyone from Grandpa to grandchildren enjoyed seeing the rooms of active model trains rambling through the model villages and towns.

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Thank Lynn W
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I'm not even into model railroads, yet this was pretty amazing. It's a setup of 1959, and includes city and country displays. There is a gentleman that will tell you all about it, and you find yourself enthralled. My only regret is that I didn't have children there to share the experience. It's quick, and donations are requested. Take the... More 

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Thank Christy D
Santa Cruz, California, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This museum has been around for a very long time. Meticulous work goes into making the trains and tracks look realistic. The volunteers who work at the museum are extremely dedicated and love trains.

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Boracay, PH
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I wouldn't classify it as a museum but nonetheless well worth a visit if you or your kids are into trains. Located downstairs of the photo museum, it's not the most obvious to find, but a nice treasure if you do. Numerous huge layouts behind glass/plastic screens; not too much interactivity, but plenty of eye candy. Check outside as well... More 

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Thank GeoffM
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We loved the railroad museum. My son and I got to go "behind the scenes" because he helped hold a window open for someone. All the people were very friendly and willing to spend time with us. I loved all the detail that was put into this.

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Thank Rodies5
San Diego, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2016

This is a fun museum! An amazing set up of all things trains! There are interactive displays and many examples of creative settings for model trains. Fun for the whole family! I especially loved the outdoor garden set ups!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2016

My family really enjoyed walking through this museum and seeing some of San Diego history by way of train.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2016 via mobile

This was the only one of the museums in Balboa park we added to our Go San Diego card and I'm so glad we did. I'll admit I'm the only one in the family who likes model railroads but even our hard to please teenagers were amazed by this place. The length of the layouts is amazing there had to... More 

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