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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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One of the world's largest model railroad museums features a scale model railway that replicates San Diego's tracks.
  • Excellent62%
  • Very good29%
  • Average7%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“love trains” (21 reviews)
“balboa park” (90 reviews)
“train lovers” (14 reviews)
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1649 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92101-1621
Balboa Park
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"love trains"
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"balboa park"
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"train lovers"
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"toy train"
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"train layouts"
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"tehachapi loop"
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"train room"
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"all ages"
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"southern california"
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"great for kids"
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"any age"
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"two hours"
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"answer questions"
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Reviewed 11 April 2017

If you've ever been intrigued by model trains, this is a place not to miss. They have trains of several different gauges and sizes running at most times on layouts so big, you need to walk 20 or 30 feet to view them fully. Be...More

Thank Jack S
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Reviewed 3 April 2017

This is our second visit to this museum, and we love going here. It claims to be one of the best in the world, and we would agree. The layouts are expansive, including N Scale, O, HO and even a small nano scale train. Their...More

Thank Natickpal
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Reviewed 3 April 2017

A really a wonderful job of laying out an O gauge running display. It's really quite large with tons of scenes and detail. The man and woman running it are very friendly and easy to talk with. You can go from one area of it...More

Thank Alan Z
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Reviewed 25 March 2017

This place is a whole lot of fun for kids and the kid in you. The room where you control trains using buttons was most fascinating to the kids in our party.

Thank Dipraj N
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Reviewed 24 March 2017

This museum has a number of train displays including HO, O and N scale. There is a fun Lionel exhibit with many fun figurines, houses and stores including a drive in theater and characters from the movie Minions. Don't miss the tiny train. We spent...More

Thank Ryan M
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Reviewed 22 March 2017

The variety and expertise of these model train diorama's are amazing. We have visited a number of similar attractions in our travels, and this one is the best. The staff is hungry to share their commitment to the hobby, and their talent and creative drive...More

Thank AnnieB2304
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Reviewed 19 March 2017

Huge outstanding layouts staffed by knowledgeable volunteers await you at this museum. You can park for free and visit this museum and others in Balboa Park. O guage, HO guage, G guage and a wonderful model of the Tehachapi Loop. Do not miss this one...More

Thank califken
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Reviewed 17 March 2017 via mobile

This museum is unique. It is made up of four local railroad "clubs" that have very extensive models set up. Once inside, just keep wandering; there is more than you first think. The details put into each scene is incredible so take the time to...More

Thank Jennifer R
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Reviewed 17 March 2017

This museum is must for model railroad enthusiasts, parents with kids and anyone else looking for something to do. There are several layouts of different scale sizes. Club members will answer questions. More trains are being set up. The kids room has trains that kids...More

Thank runandbike
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Reviewed 16 March 2017

I'm a model railroader, and I often visit model railroad exhibits. This one in San Diego's Balboa Park is the best such I've ever seen. There are really about eight different exhibits therein, so plan on spending considerable time among them.

Thank David R
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Randy F
10 February 2018|
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Response from Niels N | Reviewed this property |
Not a lot. 5 or 6 dollars as I recall
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