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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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Tue - Fri 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Sat - Sun 11:00 am - 5:00 pm

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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San Diego Model Train/Railroad Museum

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

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
Patti W
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

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

Thank Patti W
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW 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 

Thank Gary C
San Diego, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Always something new here. Lots of historical recreations and modern renditions. See the old Trellis out in Ocatilla Wells area in N Scale.

Thank Elizabeth B
Key West, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

My nephew and I visited the train museum and spent lots and lots of time looking at all of the incredible detail in the layouts. We saw log stackers, barrel loaders, an overturned chicken truck with the little chickens running around, a drag race with a policeman waiting under a bridge at the other end, scale people, cars, houses, the... More 

Thank lorireidkw
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Our son loves trains, he has hundreds of toy trains and thousands of parts to make tracks. This is something being done at a much larger scale than what he has ever done with his train toys. People working there are trying to ensure kids get the best of this experience and fall in love with trains.

Thank Jagmeet G
East Amherst, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The San Diego Model Railroad Museum was very impressive! The museum was much larger than I thought it would be. There were many model trains, and tracks ran through the entire building. The exhibits were very neat. You could tell the collectors spent a lot of time setting up their trains and background setting around the track. The collectors that... More 

Thank trevman8550
Detroit, Michigan
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We enjoyed this with our boys who love trains. This is not as nice as the one in Dayton OH but still very good. You can tell the people who build this love it and put in a lot of time. I would not go again but I am glad we went.

Thank julio6925
San Diego, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

They have a deal in which you can go to one different museum on Tuesdays for free! They should be able to give you a schedule for what museum has no charge to visit for each Tuesday. If there are five Tuesdays in a month, then you can't get in free on the fifth Tuesday, but it resets to four... More 

Thank howiecricket52
Livonia, Michigan
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This was such a great place to visit! There are huge models set up in various scales with incredible detail. We had so much fun looking at all the moving parts, campy scenes, and detailed landscape. In the back, there's a fun game for kids to go around and find "Waldo" and other icons in the display. My teenagers even... More 

Thank Amy F
Fallbrook, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This model railroad museum is fairly small and tucked away in Balboa Park, but once inside you forget about that. The track setup is large, expansive, and realistic. There are several scale trains running.

Thank Frank O

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