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!
The San Diego Model Railroad Museum is one of the liveliest places in Balboa Park, taking you through four massive operating scale modeled layouts that depict the great and historic railroads of the Southwest. Here’s a glimpse of the unique displays in store for you at this railroad-haven:
The San Diego Model Railroad Museum preserves the heritage of railroading through a series of miniature representations. On your visit to SDMRM you will also learn about prominent women in the railroad industry, and how their often-overlooked contributions have made this mode of transport what it is today.
This museum isn’t just for train aficionados. Anyone can enjoy the nostalgia and thought-provoking models that will take you back to the time of the American railroad!
Tuesday-Friday, 11:00 am-4:00 pm
Saturday-Sunday, 11:00 am-5:00 pm