Model Railroad Museum
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Model Railroad Museum

A $9.00 value - Included with your Go San Diego Card!

Includes these Extra(s)

  • Complimentary souvenir magnet with the Go San Diego Card, (subject to availability).

The San Diego Model Railroad Museum presents the largest model railroad display in the world at 27,000 feet. Its lively mix of history and models will turn anyone into a train enthusiast!

The railroad played a prominent role in westward expansion and in making the United States a land of opportunity. It’s only fitting that you visit a museum that pays tribute to this American institution—the railroad—on your trip out West.

The San Diego Model Railroad Museum also hosts a Thomas the Tank Engine activity room, an interactive toy train gallery, and a relief map of San Diego County featuring a hands-on computer display. The various educational displays contain a centralized traffic control machine, a working semaphore, and a crossing signal, encouraging both children and adults to feel like a part of the world of model trains. You’ll also get a free souvenir with admission!

Redemption Instructions

Present your Go San Diego Card at the admissions counter.


Mondays. May be closed major U.S. holidays.

Phone: 619-696-0199


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[4 of 4 customers found this review helpful]

fun and interesting for all ages
By KK from Seattle, WA on
Great gift shop, Great displays, Friendly engineers
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Everyone enjoyed this one,
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Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Smart Destinations Model Railroad Museum:

The kids and the grandparents had a great time.

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Tuesday–Friday, 11:00 am–4:00 pm
Saturday–Sunday, 11:00 am–5:00 pm.
Please note, Go San Diego Card holders may enter this attraction until closing or 5:30, whichever comes first.

Driving Directions

Located on the lower level of the Casa de Balboa. Contact the attractionfor directions.


1649 El Prado
Balboa Park
San Diego, CA 92101

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1649 El Prado
Balboa Park
San Diego, CA 92101

Phone: 619-696-0199


Adult Gate PriceChild Gate Price
$9.00 $2.00