California State Railroad Museum is the largest train museum in the country. Dedicated to accuracy and detail, the California ... More
California State Railroad Museum
California State Railroad Museum is the largest train museum in the country. Dedicated to accuracy and detail, the California State Railroad Museum, located in historic Old Sacramento, recreates the golden days of American railroading circa 1849. Adults and kids alike can wander for hours among restored locomotives, cars, bridges and railroad equipment. Indoor and outdoor displays bring to life rail travel during the Gold Rush Era.
This is an excellent museum that really showcases railroad history. The exhibits are all very well done and one can walk on to a steam locomotive, a luxury Pullman car, and a RPO car. The thing that really puts it over the top though are the staff members - all were VERY helpful and informative with an obvious passion for the place. Taking a guided tour from one of them adds a great deal and I'd advise doing so... Our guide - a wonderful gentlemen in a top hat and coat reminiscent of the early 1800's whose name I didn't get - was exceptional and added so much to my experience of the museum...
i was born in sacramento i now live in bakersfield i miss the museum and the people there are so nice i am a mother of four my children grew up going to this place often not only is it exstremly interesting it is also a fun way to spend and afternoon then when your done head over to the rocky mountain chocolate factory for some of the best chocolate on the planet or visit anyone of the charming places in old sacramento i cant wait to go back this july
This place is wonderful for children and adults. My 3 and 1 yr. old was in amazement at all the trains. There is even a wooden train activity table out for the kids to play with on the top floor. I loved seeing everything and the price is reasonable. If you want to walk Old Sac while there, it is right outside the door. There are certain months of the year that you can ride a train but even when it is not running it is great. The staff are ready to answer any questions you have about the trains and they are situated around all the displays, so they are easy to find.
My 7 yr old best buddy Micah & I (64) have been there 7 or 8 times and are headed back again. There is plenty for everyone, children, old foggies, historians etc. Every time we go we find something new, or reacquaint ourselves with what we've liked so much before. The trip to and from on Amtrak from Oakland is part of a very day special trip (9 AM to 5:30 PM)
This is easily one of the best museums, of any kind, that I have been to in the United States. The locomotive restorations are truly stunning.
The exhibits are fun and informative.
The museum is worth the time and money.
Fun for adults and children 12 and older.
We drove here from Fresno and I really had a great time. This was actually going to be included as a primary source for a topic in my history class for an annotated bibliography, and I'm so glad I chose it. They had a small exhibit on women working on the railroads during WWI while the men were away. Though most of the information could be found in our history text book was the same, it had many other pictures and antique items that were donated to the musem that added to the experience if your into viewing things form history. It was great. Tickets were only 8 dollars for adults and you can retain your ticket, leave for lunch or a spot on the town, and come back on the same ticket that same day. We had a great time. Once I came to the entrance it brought back memories of me in my elementary years when we went there. I remember all of us kids in our classes waiting for the buses and playing and rolling around in the grass area in the front. Great memories! Definately a great place to bring the kids to learn about the history of one of the most sucessful productive business in the United States.
I love the museum. I went there many times as a child and was mesmerized by everything there: the displays; the old trains; the videos.
I've been back as an adult and the trains still hold my attention.
I loved the place and it was very informative and nicely maintained. My daughter enjoyed every moment of it.
Thanks to the museum keepers, as they were very helpful.
They made it for the family and do not forget to take your kids.