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. San Diego Model Railroad Museum is just one of the many highlights you can arrange to see using our world travel planner, San Diego Edition.
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  • The attention to detail in the O guage trains and, more impressive, in the construction effort that went in to making this very large display which fills two rooms of wall to wall train displays. What...  more »
  • There are lots of model trains to see and an activity room for kids. They seem to change some of the railroads around so the scenery might be different since the last visit.  more »
  • We take our children from 7 and 4 years, had fun watching trains and models having the Museum, good choice if you're in Balboa Park.
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  • I am not a big fan of Museums however I found this one to be spectacular. The detail and size of the sculptures and amazing cities/towns created was amazing. I spent 1.5 hrs at this museum admiring how many people and man hours that were dedicated to creating such a masterpiece of a display. They had multiple rooms and even if you are not a train / railroad enthusiast I would recommend going.
  • Really wonderful little museum. Great for children and adults alike. They're always adding more to it
  • I'm not a model train enthusiast, by any means, but I still enjoyed this place. The displays are massive and you can see the new stuff being built by hand upstairs. They had a ton of models running on beautifully crafted landscapes. Views could be a bit better, but I think this is a fun way to kill some time.
  • Excellent display - I loved it - but even my wife who initially was only mildly interested was fascinated by the beautiful dioramas and intricate details. She thought it was the best museum in the park. High praise indeed. :) Mary & Chris Colvin, British Columbia, Canada
  • An awesome, awesome place! Definitely a "museum" to check out if you have any interest in model trains. There's a "toy trains" section that's almost magical with all the trains and the incredible dioramas they've created.

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