California State Railroad Museum

#5 in Best Things To Do in Sacramento
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111 I Street

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2 hours to Half Day Time to Spend
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  • 4.0Facilities
  • 4.5Atmosphere

Situated at the northern edge of Old Sacramento, the California State Railroad Museum excites kids and history buffs alike. With more than 225,000 square feet of exhibition space, this museum hosts numerous restored trains, all with unique histories and interiors. But there is more to examine than locomotives. Educational exhibits show how railways expanded the West and chronicle their impact on commerce and traveling. Those yearning to revisit the old days can hop on the museum-operated Sacramento Southern Railroad train, which departs from the Central Pacific Railroad Freight Depot in Old Sacramento for a scenic excursion.

"The trains and displays were very impressive, tour guides were extremely passionate about California's history and knowledgeable of rail transportation. It was an enjoyable afternoon for all," said one TripAdvisor user.  

The museum is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $10 for adults, $5 for kids ages 6 to 17 and free for children 5 and younger. On the weekends during the summer, weather permitting, excursion trains run on the Sacramento Southern Railroad every hour between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. from April to September. Regular coach tickets cost $12 for adults, $6 for kids ages 6 to 17 and free for youth 5 and younger; they can be preordered online. For more information, check out the museum's website.

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