San Diego Model Railroad Museum

The San Diego Model Railroad Museum is located in Balboa Park, inside the Casa de Balboa Building on the lower level.

The museum spans over 27,000-square-feet of trains, trestles, and tracks. Permanent exhibits include the Toy Train Gallery, the Centennial Railway Garden, Pacific Desert Lines, the Southern Pacific, the Cabrillo & Southwestern, and the San Diego & Arizona Eastern.

Their newest rotating exhibit (through June 2024), Tales of Thomas: Everyone’s Favorite Toy Train, looks at the history of how the TV series was created and showcases the trains Thomas and his friends were inspired by.

The museum also offers school programs, scout programs, camps, and special events scheduled throughout the year. Birthday party and event rentals also available.

Visit their Educational Resources for content and activities for kids.

Kids 12 and under get in free.



San Diego Model Railroad Museum
1649 El Prado
San Diego, CA 92101
(619) 696-0199