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San Diego Model Railroad Museum

1649 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92101-1621
+1 619-696-0199
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A must for any Rail Enthusiast

This museum brought me back to my childhood. The exhibits are quite good and have rail buffs... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
ladybug5
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Fountain Valley
Lots of Layout, Not Much Activity

The clubs have done a very nice job with these layouts, but they need to make more of an effort to... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Douglas M
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The Villages, FL, United States
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One of the world's largest model railroad museums features a scale model railway that replicates San Diego's tracks.
  • Excellent63%
  • Very good28%
  • Average7%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“love trains” (21 reviews)
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“balboa park” (84 reviews)
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Hours Today: 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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1649 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92101-1621
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This museum brought me back to my childhood. The exhibits are quite good and have rail buffs operating them. The displays are extensive

Thank ladybug5
Reviewed 1 week ago

The clubs have done a very nice job with these layouts, but they need to make more of an effort to have things running. When I was there, the N guage layout had NOTHING running, the HO layout had two trains going, and the O...More

Thank Douglas M
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Authentic hard core large labor of love exhibits of RRs of the west. Beautifully detailed. Children will enjoy and those adults with even a remote interest in model trains. Others maybe less so. Different size qauge exhibits. Not your typical mall type holiday exhibit with...More

Thank mgauquie
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This museum was really boring. It took us less than 15 minutes to go through. Maybe I’m just not into trains, but all you did was walk down a couple halls and look through glass at some trains and villages. Boring!

2  Thank Rachel T
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This museum is great for all ages. Little kids are amazed at the toys trains. Adults remember playing with many of them decades ago. A great deal of effort was put into refurbishing and maintaining the tracks and trains. The outdoor garden part reflects on...More

Thank joe-chicago-23
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My grand son got bored at the N. Hist. museum He loved this place. Need I say more. Go on a Free Tuesday.. BUT IT IS CROWDED AND NOISY>>> exhausting for an old man.

Thank Patrick K
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Full disclosure up front; our family loves trains. If you aren't interested in trains, you may be bored. We loved the place. The seniors didn't want to leave and could have spent another day touring. The preschoolers were mesmerized but very frustrated by no viewing...More

Thank Dianne B
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The museum houses four separate model train layouts; 2 in HO, 1 in N scale, and 1 in 3-rail O gauge. Each is operated by a model railroad club and the members are always willing to talk with visitors. Sometimes it's hard to decide whether...More

Thank Dale A
Reviewed 27 October 2017

This was my first visit to their new location. Much larger, but much was still under construction. A bit boring, and too expensive for what was to be seen. The amount of work was remarkable, all model train gauges were represented, but the presentation seemed...More

Thank OldBigBob
Reviewed 26 October 2017

We went to visit but they were closing so they gave us discounted entrance. We visited because one of our friends is an enthusiast and I was pleasantly surprised, the scenes they have laid out are genius as well as funny. I really enjoyed my...More

Thank Jordan D
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