San Diego Model Railroad Museum

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  • On the lower level of the Casa De Balboa on the Prado in Balboa Park, you will find the San Diego Model Railroad Museum. At 27,000 square feet, it is the largest indoor model railroad display in the world and the only accredited railroad themed museum in the entire United States.

    It took over 320 volunteers from the San Diego Model Railroad Club, La Mesa Model Railroad Club, San Diego Society of N-Scale, and the San Diego 3-Railers to construct the intricate displays presented in this historic museum.
    Since opening its door in March of 1982, The San Diego Model Railroad Museum has had over 3 million visitors. This museum hopes to provide each and every one of these visitors not only a fantastic time, but with an education of the history of model railroading and the many different aspects of model railroading.
    With the intention on preserving the heritage of railroading, this museum exhibits a series of miniature representations of California railroads and the history behind these railroads. For a sneak peek on how the volunteers make these model trains and railroads come to life, stop by on a Tuesday or Friday night to see them in action. Visitors may enter with no charge on these nights, but usually all that can be seen is the construction on the exhibits. This is a great opportunity for those interested in how displays of this magnitude are constructed and physically put together.
    Children under 14 are free and Adult admission is only $8! Discounts for students, military and seniors are available. Don’t forget, San Diego County residents get into all museums in Balboa Park FREE on the first Tuesday of every month. Picture ID required.
    By: Krista Kosmicki

  • Address: 1649 El Prado #4
    San Diego
    United States
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