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“Even nice for older children”

San Diego Model Railroad Museum
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$39.95*
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San Diego Tour: Hop-on Hop-off Trolley
Ranked #41 of 442 things to do in San Diego
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Owner description: One of the world's largest model railroad museums features a scale model railway that replicates San Diego's tracks.
Reviewed April 3, 2013

Our children 10 and 13 liked it very much, and so did I. There are several very large railroad displays, some historic, some more fun displays. The volunteers have a great time playing with the trains and explaining what is happening.

Thank Ben K
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Reviewed March 25, 2013

Balboa Park must have more museums grouped in one area that any one single other place in the world (even more than the Mall in D.C.). This was a totally serendipitous find. In fact we were in SD for a conference and just wanted a walk in the park (we know San Diego) when we came upon the Model Railroad Museum. It's terrific fun for young and old. You do have to look for it in the park. It doesn't just hit you in the face.

Thank nurealam
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Reviewed March 8, 2013

I used to be a bit of a model railway enthusiast when younger but grew out of any active involvement in my teens, merely visiting the occasional exhibition. This place was below our pre-visit radar so we more-or-less stumbled upon it and boy, are we glad we did. The layouts are so extensive and detailed that they completely outshine anything I have seen before. They would probably impress someone with a better knowledge of Californian geography and railway history even more. As Michelin guides say "worth the journey". I can offer no greater recommendation.

Thank CanalFan
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Reviewed February 23, 2013

Staffed by volunteer model railroad enthusiasts, who willingly answer questions and help one tour the facility, it was an awesome experience. One volunteer saw we were having trouble getting photos because of glare on the glass, and invited us into the exhibit. Another volunteer stopped a train on the intricate trestle, so that I could get the shot I wanted without movement blurring it. Each exhibit has historic significance, and they will tell you the places and times for each. One church was so exact that there was stained-glass and a preacher in the pulpit inside.
The film on the creators of Legos was interesting, and the exhibit with the buildings made of Legos intricate. Explore to the end in several directions, so you do not miss this highlight, as has happened to some visitors.

Thank orcasgal
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Reviewed February 15, 2013

It's always good to go out and explore about the town/city you live in. This was a sunny, fabulous day and it brought more knowledge.

Thank Michelle F
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