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California State Railroad Museum, Sacramento

(4.7/5 based on 1,900+ reviews on the web)
Dedicated to the "iron horse" that connected the Golden State to the rest of the country, California State Railroad Museum holds over 20 locomotives and railroad cars. Watch for the large-scale model of the Donner Pass that allowed trains to pass through the Sierra Nevada mountains--it prompts photos from many visitors. Other locomotives outside have been restored to gleaming chrome and dark iron. Book a tour through the railcars, given by costumed train enthusiasts, who explain the mechanics and the lifestyle on the tracks. Make California State Railroad Museum a centerpiece of your Sacramento vacation itinerary, and find what else is worth visiting using our Sacramento tourist route planner.
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  • This museum left me yearning to learn more about the trancontinental railroad. The movie and tour guide combination was a fun way to learn about this transformative period in American history.  more »
  • This is a wonderful museum of trains! You can walk through them and they are set up as they were back in their prime. Great place to wander and enjoy your surroundings of huge incredible trains. The h...  more »
  • I loved walking by and through the immaculate original trains. The history was fascinating and made me begin to fantasize about riding these trains during their hey day. The dining car and display of ...  more »
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  • First let me be honest... I love this place so much I have volunteered here, happily donating my time, sweat and money to keep this amazing museum going. CSRRM has a fantastic static collection, and is pretty good about moving new pieces in occasionally to keep it from being too stale. They also offer a lot for the kids, including morning story time and games every week - and also offer great train rides along the Sacramento River. If you are at all interested in rail, or have kids - this is a must visit attraction in Sac.
  • Lots to see and learn. The whole family had a great time on the guided tour and just walking around looking at the exhibits. We love going on the Polar Express train ride at Christmas time.
  • Took my sister (from out of state) to this museum. I wasn't sure if I would like it. I didn't. ... I loved it! Enjoyed seeing the huge engines. The tour is very informative and tells the historic story of the railroad as it connected in the middle.
  • Yesterday was my first time there and I loved it. They have some great exhibits, fascinating information and a wonderful staff. A few of the trains were staged on the inside to look the way they would have looked when they were personal and one even rocked like a real train would if it was running on the tracks. Definitely a place everyone should visit at least once. I will definitely go back again.
  • Had a great time looking at all of the meticulously restored trains. Definitely check out the sleeper and dining cars that are completely restored.