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“This is a MUST-VISIT for young people and train buffs as well.”

California State Railroad Museum
Ranked #1 of 170 things to do in Sacramento
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: North America's largest railroad museum draws more than 500,000 train enthusiasts annually.
Useful Information: Activities for older children
Reviewed October 20, 2013

Railroading is as American as "Mom's Apple Pie". This is one the Nations best Railroad Museums and is adjacent to Sacramento's Amtrak Station and Old Sacramento. This is a wonderful experience for the young people who never experienced the great days of rail travel, and is nostalgic for those of us who love to travel by train and remember the hey-day of rail travel. Very interesting displays, interactive things for kids, lots of historic train lore, and even films about railroading history. Very good historical information about the building of the Railroads through the Sierra Mountains in the 1800's.

I consider this an absolute must visit for everyone, young and old. You will really enjoy this one!

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Reviewed October 19, 2013

An abundance of docents all eager to talk enthusiastically about their areas made the visit come alive. I've visited this museum four or five times over the last 30 years, and am always eager to return for more. We spent two hours there, and needed four. We missed most of the extensive collection of toy trains on the upper level, an outstanding exhibit for the kid in all of us.

Thank WorldTraveler6548
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Reviewed October 15, 2013

This is an incredible museum. It is a gigantic building with actual locomotives (a lot of them) and train cars from the 1800's to present. Excellent restorations of the second locomotive ever used by the Southern Pacific railroad.

Thank Matthew G
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Reviewed October 15, 2013

It was great to see the evolution of trains and the way the railroads were built. I especially loved the gift shop. Got my own conductor's cap like an 8 year old!

Thank Tracey S
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Reviewed October 14, 2013

Aa a child, I was privileged to visit a Southern Pacific rail yard. This is definitely the next best thing! We took our grandchildren who were fascinated, but the adults found the outing just as exciting. It's a wonderful hands-on museum, so we all enjoyed climbing on engines to play engineer and walking through cars such as those for dining and sleeping. Does anyone but me remember the thrill of sleeping in a Pullman berth?

The museum is vast, and one should probably allow at least 90 minutes for a visit. It is possible to take a guided tour or to visit self-guided, with helpful docents stationed throughout.

Our family was not as excited about the toy train collection, but we do have a layout at home that may have dampened the enthusiasm. However, the models pale in comparison to all the full-sized, beautifully restored, cars and engines. There is a nice shop on the premises where once can purchase interesting books and posters, as well as train-related items.

Located in the tourist center of Old Sacramento, this museum is close to numerous reasonably priced family restaurants. You may also want to book an actual train excursion that leaves from a nearby location.

Thank Jean K
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