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San Diego Model Railroad Museum, San Diego

(4.3/5 based on 340+ 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
  • This is a must see. Inexpensive and many mini villages with trains of course. Lots of trains, tunnels, and lights. Everyone will enjoy this. 
  • My kids loved this place! So much for them to see. 6 model railroad clubs have built layouts. Many details to look at; if the kids get too excited they will miss details. 
  • My kids love this place and will sit for hours and watch the trains. It's a small museum but for kids that love trains this is a great place. Lots of very cool train set ups and some cool gift shop it...  more »
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  • 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.