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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.


Valerie Jackson

Friday, Aug. 10, 2018
You don't need to be a train buff to enjoy this and definitely plan to spend a few hours here. It's a self paced tour with guides along the way There's a short film and lots to see and learn. You get to walk through some of the cars and see the sleeping and dining/ kitchen areas. There's a mail car and also you can go in the big engine and see what it would be like to be the conductor and see how the steam was made. Upstairs they also have a great collection of toy trains.

Sonia Jovel

Saturday, June 30, 2018
We had a great time. Our kids really love coming here and enjoying the train ride. The trains are awesome and well kept. All the volunteers are amazingly helpful and passionate about the railroad and their history. They were very patience and answer all their questions. The train trip is awesome and you get to see part of the town. We are certainly visiting and taking a ride when we visit the town.

Stephanie Petrous

Saturday, July 28, 2018
This museum is amazing. There are actual trains to see and walk through. There are model trains and miniature trains for the children. A lot of history about the Pacific railway. It could easily take 3 or more hours to get through it. If you've seen Hell on Wheels you will be able to relate to the history.

Manli Chen

Wednesday, June 6, 2018
It was a great experience for us entire family! I read about this museum before our trip to Sacramento and it seemed a lot of people loved it. That was the first thing we did when we arrived at Sacramento and we were very impressed by the real-size train models, the detailed layout of the history, and the knowledgeable and enthusiastic guides in a couple of the train models who explained to us the history and how the high-speed train works. The inside was much more spacious than I thought and it was definitely a great learning experience for my whole family and a really fun place that you shouldn't miss when you visit Sacramento. The gift shop was really nice as well and we got a nice pink train T-shirt for our daughter as souvenir as well!

Josh Boggs

Thursday, Aug. 2, 2018
If you love trains, you gotta go here. If you're just a normal person, it's okay. There is some interesting stuff to see. The kids enjoyed it. The best part was the old guy who gave me a map, then sat in the back of the museum and played harmonica.

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