California State Railroad Museum


About the Museum:

First opened to the public in 1976, the California State Railroad Museum complex is one of Sacramento’s largest and most popular visitor destinations. Over 500,000 visit the Museum annually, with guests traveling from throughout the world to experience this world-renowned facility.

The California State Railroad Museum complex consists of six original, reconstructed, and new buildings completed at a cost of $30 million. The primary exhibit building, the Railroad History Museum, totals 100,000 square feet. Completed at a cost of $16.1 million, it opened in May 1981.

With over 225,000 square feet of total exhibit space, the buildings within the California State Railroad Museum complex use stimulating exhibits, enthusiastic and knowledgeable docents, and beautifully restored railroad cars and locomotives to illustrate railroad history in California and the West.

Throughout the main Railroad History Museum building, 21 meticulously restored locomotives and cars and numerous exhibits illustrate how railroads have shaped people’s lives, the economy, and the unique culture of California and the West. Included are a Pullman-style sleeping car, a dining car filled with railroad china, and a Railway Post Office that visitors can actually step aboard.


Sabrina Dutt

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Very interactive for all ages. Easily spent half a day in there with so many things to see. It really transports you back into time with realistic displays! The train cars walk through were a fun way and hands on way to learn!

Sandeep Paulraj

Sunday, Feb. 5, 2017

It was an amazing experience. The various engines are in immaculate condition. I was just amazed at the condition of the these old beauties. Visitors can enter some of the exhibits. The upper levels have a section on toy trains and another section on American railroad history. I am a member of the museum of fine arts in San Francisco, as a result of which i get reciprocal benefits which got me and my wife free admission to the museum.

Aaron Northum

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Amazing History and Fun if you like Trains! The employees know their stuff there. There is a couple of older ones there that know the stuff and history about the Chinese and tunneling system. The atmosphere is amazing. Trains from 1800's to 2000s, and what I like is the history of toy trains. Young and old love this place!

Patrick Christensen

Thursday, March 23, 2017

I loved this place! It's a very well run museum. There are staff and volunteers everywhere. Lots of hands on. A ton of content. If you have a little one into trains or if your into them this is a must in Sacramento.

Richard Dongses

Friday, March 3, 2017

My toddler son loves seeing and walking through real trains. So many exhibits to see. I can tell a lot of love and care was put in to the museum. The toy train exhibits upstairs is a nice addition, and the toy train play area is quite the popular place for the kiddos. Highly recommended!