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San Diego Model Railroad Museum

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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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If you enjoy history, or fine modeling, or just appreciate things executed at a world-class level, you need to see this astonishing place. It's not a kid's museum, although kids... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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Seattle, WA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

If you enjoy history, or fine modeling, or just appreciate things executed at a world-class level, you need to see this astonishing place. It's not a kid's museum, although kids certainly love it. There are multiple model railroads: two in HO scale, one N scale, one O scale, and a "tinplate" or Lionel room for traditional toy trains. All are... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This is a great museum to visit if you have an interest in model trains. It is located at Balboa Park so there are lots of other museums to see in the same area. It would be an excellent place to take your grand-kids if they have any interest in trains. They have multiple train layouts that are quite impressive.

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College Station, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Use Go City Card app to get bundled discounts. Bundled this stop in our package and was definitely NOT disappointed. We spent over 2 hours looking at the displays and watching the trains, but I know we missed some interesting stuff. There's so much going on. The train club volunteers on duty were very helpful and informative.

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Winchester, KY, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

If you are a model railroad buff, this museum has several large layouts in different gauges. Easy to see all the action. The hobbyists on site are friendly and helpful. Great location in Balboa Park on the Prado.

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British Columbia, Canada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Nice layouts, but lacked staff the day we visited hence the lack of trains operating. The few operators that were there that day were friendly and informative. Nice place to take a youngster or adult to get them interested in the hobby.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It's free but donations are realllly appreciated. These guys have it all set up to capture everyone's interest. What a massive display, goes on for rooms. They even have little steps for the little ones to get a good look.

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el cajon, ca
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This museum has GROWN thruogh the years. It is a "must do" for anyone that likes or "loves' trains. The volunteers runing it are so helpful and very informative. I have been here MANY times. It never gets old.

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Panama City, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I love looking at the model railroad layouts. I enjoyed all the details. It has multiple rooms of different model railroad clubs. Some are in progress which I like so you can really get an idea of the work and details that go into these layouts. Visited here with my older parent. It has nice easy access with nice gentle... More 

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Lakewood, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

If you have a love for trains, whether is be modeling or the real thing, this is for you. Incredible layouts by several model railroading clubs including several different gauges. This is a fantastic display. Don't miss it.

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Jefferson City, Missouri
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I was mostly underwhelmed by the museums at Balboa park. Particularly for the admission prices. But, this one was the exception. One of the cheaper museums and one that really brings out your inner kid. I'm not particularly a model train enthusiast, but I really geeked out at this museum and wish I could have had much more time to... More 

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