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San Diego Model Railroad Museum, San Diego

(4.3/5 based on 380+ reviews on the web)
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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TripAdvisor
  • If you've ever been intrigued by model trains, this is a place not to miss. They have trains of several different gauges and sizes running at most times on layouts so big, you need to walk 20 or 30 fe...  more »
  • This is our second visit to this museum, and we love going here. It claims to be one of the best in the world, and we would agree. The layouts are expansive, including N Scale, O, HO and even a small ...  more »
  • A really a wonderful job of laying out an O gauge running display. It's really quite large with tons of scenes and detail. The man and woman running it are very friendly and easy to talk with. You can...  more »
Google
  • Great place for kids and adults. Cheap way to spend 3-4 hours looking at some amazing models. Will be back next time in the area. Great visit! Thanks to the crew and volunteers.
  • We usually come here during the Christmas on the Prado celebration. They have some amazing model trains and landscapes. It is so cool how they have the east county landscape looking so authentic.
  • An amazing little gem hidden in a basement of Balboa Park. Very fun, especially for young children and train enthusiasms. Incredibly knowledgeable staff. Definitely worth a visit.
  • Went here with our son on a Saturday since he loves trains. Entrance was $10 for adults and $4 for our son. They had tons of trains and the conductors even spent time telling is the history behind the trains and what they carried. We went into the garden train area and my son had a 20 minute conversation with the gentleman there. I will definitely be coming back here.
  • One of the best railroad museums. Working scale models. Fun for kids too.