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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  • If you enjoy model trains this is the place to go. Make sure you take the kids!. Very large with very well done models of the Strain yards and the various places in the mountains where train traffic o...  more »
  • It took forever to find the Model Railroad Museum even using a map. It is in the basement of the Museum of Photographic Arts in Balboa Park in San Diego. It is a working model train display with layou...  more »
  • In the beautiful Balboa Park you will find next to large museums also this beautiful small model railroad museum! Really nice to spend a while and view. Especially if you have the attractiepas of Balbao Park.
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  • I love Trains! The museum in Balboa Park is a great place to get your full of model trains. On most days they are running and the operators are eager to share their knowledge. There is also a small interactive area for young children.
  • Way back when I was a teenager, my father and I were members of one of the clubs here. That was a long time ago and a lot of progress has been made since then. I haven't been down here in a while and it was really exciting to be back and see how much has changed and how much the clubs have grown over the years. We paid an admission fee I think it was around $11 per adult but it's a donation to the clubs to help pay for their overhead like the building space and keeping the lights on, etc. As I expected it was a great experience thanks to all the members who have contributed their time and resources over the years. They have really done a nice job and they take great pride in their hobby. So if you're down in Balboa Park for any reason, it's definitely worth stopping by. The kids will love it for sure!
  • Amazing model railways. There are multiple tracks at this venue of varying sizes and themes. This is a great place to take children and most parts of it are wheelchair and stroller friendly. Our favorite room was right at the back with a lovely frie dly gentleman who took the time to answer all our questions about the track. They have a great program where they let children in to learn how to run the trains etc.
  • Quaint museum with some of the most detailed model trains ever. A unique microcosm of americana. See scenes from the 50s to the 90s. Good place to take the kids, they have a play area with toys. Museum is large, be sure to see it all.
  • Quite an elaborate network of micro-sized railway network. Children and grownups enjoy the different parts. Most of the railroad junctions ports and tunnels mountain & hill ranges are also represented.
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