San Diego Model Railroad Museum

San Diego Model Railroad Museum of California offers miniature representations of real California railroads. The exhibits teach the history of railroading including model railroading in an effort to educate the public. The museum is also using some of their nonprofit funds for research in order to bring more information to their visitors. They work to preserve models that might otherwise be torn down or thrown away. Model railroading takes skill and time to perfect since most railroads are designed to resemble historical moments, periods, or current railroad systems. The museum is housed in a 27,000 square foot building and considered one of the largest in the world, most specifically in the USA. It opened in March 1982 with roughly 3 million visitors total in the last 28 years.

Conventions, school groups, and individuals attend the museum to marvel at the displays or to hold functions. The Pacific Beach Model Railroad Club is provided for special functions including birthday parties. The San Diego Model Railroad Museum is open Tuesday through Friday 11am to 4pm, Saturday and Sunday 11am to 5pm. Admission is $7 per adult. Children under 15 are free to enter and enjoy the various wood, plastic, and other molded model railroads.

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