California State Railroad Museum, Sacramento

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Dedicated to the "iron horse" that connected the Golden State to the rest of the country, California State Railroad Museum holds over 20 locomotives and railroad cars. Watch for the large-scale model of the Donner Pass that allowed trains to pass through the Sierra Nevada mountains--it prompts photos from many visitors. Other locomotives outside have been restored to gleaming chrome and dark iron. Book a tour through the railcars, given by costumed train enthusiasts, who explain the mechanics and the lifestyle on the tracks. PutCalifornia State Railroad Museum into our Sacramento tour planning website and find out what's close by, where to stay, and where to head next.
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  • What a great place to visit. The displays were excellent and we learned so much about railroad history in Sacramento and California. Many knowledgeable volunteers throughout the museum. Great for...  more »
  • Very impressed with the number of number of exhibits. The staff was very knowledgeable and willing to answer any questions. I would encourage anyone who has an interest in trains and their part in.....  more »
  • One of the best places to go with a family! I highly recommend purchasing the membership package (as low as $50 per year) and provides unlimited museum access for your family for the whole year as well as annual credit for the train rides too. They have a winter polar express themed ride that we look forward to and of course the museum itself is the main attraction. With dozens of engines and cars to look at and walk through, this museum can provide hours and hours of entertainment and inspiration for all ages. For the little kids, don’t forget to enjoy taking them to the model train area where they get to play with other kids too.
  • If you enjoy trains, this is a must visit museum in Sacramento. Tons of information spread out over three floors. Multiple different train cars that are open for you to walk through with museum staff there to answer any questions. Kids will love this museum as well as they have a kids play area on the top floor with toy trains and a small play set. There isn't any parking at the museum, but there are multiple public parking lots around Old Sac.

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