San Diego Model Railroad Museum, San Diego

4.4
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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  • Definitely a highlight of a recent trip to San Diego. Soooo much to see. Since the model train operators were right there, after a few minutes of conversation, I was invited behind the scenes which ma...  more »
  • If you ask the family, only nerdy old Dad would be interested in something like this. But we had the day pass for all the museums in Balboa Park, so I talked them in to giving it a quick run-through. ...  more »
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  • I loved this place! What a gem. A pleasant unexpected surprise! I could lose myself in that place, enjoying the incredible model railroad displays. So many of them, and incredibly detailed. Highly recommend!
  • The level of detail is incredible. Look for some comedic scenes! If you just focus on the trains you'll miss a lot of the fun. There were some members of the clubs that built the trains wandering around talking to guests and answering questions. They were extremely interesting and kind. Also, the woman who was in the gift shop today was so sweet and helpful. A great experience, and not just for kids!

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