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San Diego Model Railroad Museum

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1649 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92101-1621
+1 619-696-0199
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One of the world's largest model railroad museums features a scale model railway that replicates San Diego's tracks.
  • Excellent64%
  • Very good27%
  • Average7%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“love trains” (20 reviews)
“train lovers” (16 reviews)
“balboa park” (79 reviews)
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1649 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92101-1621
Balboa Park
+1 619-696-0199
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Reviewed 1 week ago

My husband is a railroad engineer so he really enjoyed himself in here. Admission was donation so bonus! Quite intricate detail of the retro era cityscape for the model railway.

Thank Melanie Q
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

All ages but kids love it as some have never seen a model train. The exhibits are endless and complete with volunteer guides and context as they are models of California rail.

Thank Ed M
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Lots of people my age grew up with model trains somewhere among our toys and many of us never lost our love of these wonderful little electric trains. The model train museum is run by people who love what they do, are glad to have...More

Thank L6953YVpaull
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Located in Balboa Park, this museum is "North America's largest operating model railroad museum. It has over 28,000 sq.ft of scale model railroad layouts and an interactive toy train gallery." There is even a Mac's Kids Corner which is an educational area for stories, games...More

Thank Cheri W
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Although not a train buff we walked by this museum with some time to kill before leaving the park and decided to head in. The detail in the set ups is amazing and there were different scale models for viewing and they were all running,...More

Thank Sanbelle
Reviewed June 20, 2017

Most of the layout was not working, library was closed, not much to do or see for for an older kid. Playroom with trains is very dirty

Thank elena k
Reviewed June 16, 2017

They are always updating the exhibits. A great place to take the Children. Lots of color, moving trains, scenes. knowledgeable docents. Fun

Thank jillieca
Reviewed June 14, 2017

Went with children and grandchildren and everyone enjoyed it. Doesn't take too long to go through it so you can do other things the same day. The display is amazing!

Thank Eileentx
Reviewed June 9, 2017

A big layout with a number of scenes and multiple trains. Well laid out with enthusiastic volunteers. Enjoyed my visit.

Thank Claire R
Reviewed June 8, 2017

Such a tucked away little surprise of a museum! My kids LOVED it, they still talk about it. Well worth the cheap admission.

Thank LucyDesMom
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