We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

California State Railroad Museum

111 I St, Sacramento, CA 95814-2204
+1 916-323-9280
Review Highlights
Very Interesting

Went with good friend who’s husband used to work on the trains. His explanation and enthusiasm... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Temecula, California
via mobile
Great Place

We loved this place! We would have given it a perfect score but the admission is a little high... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Santee, CA
Read all 2,307 reviews
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
North America's largest railroad museum draws more than 500,000 train enthusiasts annually.
  • Excellent80%
  • Very good17%
  • Average2%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible0%
Travellers talk about
“toy trains” (120 reviews)
“dining car” (110 reviews)
“love trains” (83 reviews)
Closed Now
All hours
Hours Today: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
111 I St, Sacramento, CA 95814-2204
+1 916-323-9280
Write a ReviewReviews (2,307)
Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
  • More languages

1 - 10 of 2,189 reviews

Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Went with good friend who’s husband used to work on the trains. His explanation and enthusiasm really made this great place into something special. Well worth a visit.

1  Thank Jhs43079
Reviewed 2 days ago

We loved this place! We would have given it a perfect score but the admission is a little high. We brought our four kids (6 and under) and they enjoyed spending about three hours here. It cost us $42 for 3 adult tickets and one...More

1  Thank riceburnergrace
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Far exceeded expectations - spent all day here and it didn't feel like we had enough time to really enjoy everything..

1  Thank petetravel648
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Highly recommend. Things for the whole family. Old and new engines, different eras. The model train set ups are awesome. Lots of hands on toy trains for the little ones to play with.

1  Thank notesfromthemancave
Reviewed 4 days ago

It's not that big-- one can see everything in a couple of hours. The toy train area is a great place for kids to spend an hour. The city parking garage nearby on I street for $10 a day is a good deal.

1  Thank PMPNJ
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I've been to rail museums all across the country, this is by far the finest of them all. Not just a collection of old decayed machinery from a bygone era, the sets and displays of perfectly restored locomotives and stock take you back to the...More

1  Thank spookineer
Reviewed 1 week ago

We took advantage of the Free Museum Day on Feb. 3 to visit the Calif. State Railroad Museum. We really enjoyed the exhibits and the museum is filled with history going back to the beginnings of building the railroad. It was amazing to see the...More

1  Thank CJtravels2013
Reviewed 1 week ago

Really interesting to take a step back in time to see how people traveled. Train simulation was very cool. I also liked all the different table settings the trains had the china was beautiful.

1  Thank Denise F
Reviewed 1 week ago

Even if you are just a little interested in trains, this Museum is well worth a visit. I would allow a minimum of 3 hours to see everything.

1  Thank Dennis J
Reviewed 1 week ago

My family and I thoroughly enjoyed visiting this museum. We were lucky enough to be able to take the train ride and speak to the engineer. He was so enthusiastic about what was being done there. I loved seeing the old trains being renovated and...More

2  Thank B P
Nearby HotelsSee all 83 hotels in Sacramento
Vagabond Inn Executive Sacramento Old Town
959 reviews
.28 km away
Delta King
540 reviews
.32 km away
Holiday Inn Sacramento Downtown - Arena
430 reviews
.38 km away
Kimpton Sawyer Hotel
50 reviews
.56 km away
Nearby Restaurants
Ten 22
466 reviews
.26 km away
Fat City Bar & Cafe
353 reviews
.20 km away
Fanny Ann's Saloon
159 reviews
.27 km away
Danny's Mini Donuts
46 reviews
.10 km away
Nearby Attractions
Old Sacramento
2,591 reviews
.31 km away
River Walk Park
13 reviews
.53 km away
Sacramento History Museum
124 reviews
.11 km away
Ask a question
Questions & Answers
Maria N
28 December 2017|
AnswerShow all 9 answers
Response from texasmccoy | Reviewed this property |
Yes this museum is massive and all indoors. The area where the actual trains are is kind of like a huge garage/warehouse type of structure, but again it is all enclosed. I have visited more than once in the winter and don't... More
24 June 2017|
AnswerShow all 5 answers
Response from Sharon M | Reviewed this property |
I walked through it with my 5 year old grandson. He went through parts of it twice. We also watched the short movie and shopped in the gift store. It took about 2 hours, but you might not love it as much as we did! But, you... More
Pam J
3 May 2017|
AnswerShow all 9 answers
Response from Angelica T | Reviewed this property |
No, this museum is not a working railroad. However, the Amtrak to the bay is located about 1/2 mile from the Museum...and that will get you to/from SF in one day. Uber/Lyft from museum to Amtrak is only $7!