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San Diego Model Railroad Museum, San Diego

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One of the largest venues of its kind in the world, San Diego Model Railroad Museum features a number of scale model railorads and layouts. The four clubs that created and maintain these exhibits are the San Diego Model Railroad Association, La Mesa Model Railroad Club, San Diego Society of N-Scale, and San Diego 3-Railers. Children adore the hands-on "Lionel type" layouts at the museum's toy train gallery. Since opening in 1982, almost 3 million visitors have spent time learning and playing at this interactive and informative museum. Choose to start, finish, or center your holiday on a trip to San Diego Model Railroad Museum by using our San Diego itinerary planner.
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  • Went with children and grandchildren and everyone enjoyed it. Doesn't take too long to go through it so you can do other things the same day. The display is amazing!  more »
  • A big layout with a number of scenes and multiple trains. Well laid out with enthusiastic volunteers. Enjoyed my visit.  more »
  • Such a tucked away little surprise of a museum! My kids LOVED it, they still talk about it. Well worth the cheap admission.  more »
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  • Great layout. Different sections for different sized model trains. They have children friendly events and a separate room for toddlers to play with wooden railroads. They are constantly expanding different sections with new tracks and scenery. Many hobbyists operating trains and love sharing tips. Very friendly environment. Note: they open from 11 to 5 on weekends.
  • Wonderful exhibits. Friendly staff, amazing layouts. My fav was the toy train exhibit. Reminds me of my childhood at Christmas. The smell of the train smoke was intoxicating. Highly recommend for any and all train lovers.
  • Abhorrent views of amazing track sets. The distance the public is kept from the exhibits as well as the height above the floor make viewing more than half of the exhibits almost impossible. I love models and I Love Trains but save your money it's not worth the $10 admission.
  • A very cool museum with a large amount of model trains. When visiting Balboa Park, one should stop by here at least once to see what the museum has to offer.
  • If you like model railroads this places has the best ones i have seen.