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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  • September 13, 2017
    The volunteer at the museum explain to my 5 year old grandson that the models he was looking out had been created over a period of 45 years. Apparently local aficionados contribute their train sets th...  more »
  • September 13, 2017
    Started taking my children 20 years ago, now take my grandchildren - they have a blast. The variety of trains is amaizing, the lights sounds and movement is really an experience not to miss. Visit thi...  more »
  • September 3, 2017
    This museum was one of the participating museums in the Balboa Park Explorer multi-day pass that I purchased online before coming to Balboa Park. It's located in the same area as the Museum of Photogr...  more »
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  • July 5, 2017
    Beautiful museum. One can spend 2 hours here. They have different exhibits for different types of train tracks. My toddler loves Thomas and the friends exhibition. Staff was friendly and answered the questions. And museum visit is free for San Diego county residents on first Tuesday of the month.
  • July 3, 2017
    I never knew this place existed, took my two year old and he was absolutely fascinated! I enjoyed it as well. If you're into this kind of thing you could probably spend the whole day here. But a good way to kill an hour or two otherwise.
  • July 1, 2017
    The museum was clean and organized. All of the staff was friendly and happy to answer any question from kids or adults. The different types and styles of model trains were visible and on display. It was enjoyable for kids of all ages
  • July 1, 2017
    Fun filled place for young kids and train enthusiasts. Brings up good memories of younger days.
  • February 26, 2017
    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.

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