San Diego Model Railroad Museum

San Diego Model Railroad Museum SDMRM hosts 6 different model train exhibits in Balboa Park. OPEN Tuesday-Sunday 10-4!

The San Diego Model Railroad Museum will be open next Monday, 1/15/2024, for Martin Luther King Jr. Day. We hope to see ...
01/08/2024

The San Diego Model Railroad Museum will be open next Monday, 1/15/2024, for Martin Luther King Jr. Day. We hope to see you in then!

For all of January and February, SDMRM Members will be able to visit the Fleet Science Center for FREE when they show a ...
01/07/2024

For all of January and February, SDMRM Members will be able to visit the Fleet Science Center for FREE when they show a current SDMRM membership card. Not a member yet but want to take advantage of this offer? Head to https://www.sdmrm.org/membership

Do you have a birthday this year? Celebrate it at the San Diego Model Railroad Museum! Our parties are great for train l...
01/05/2024

Do you have a birthday this year? Celebrate it at the San Diego Model Railroad Museum! Our parties are great for train lovers of all ages and include:

🎂(2) hour party using the Pacific Beach Room
🎂Accommodation of up to (36) guests
🎂Guest access to the Pacific Beach Room as well all public exhibits within the museum
🎂Tables, chairs, and access to a projector, screen, and speakers

Head to the link our bio to inquire today!

01/04/2024

San Diego has the best weather(ing)!

Weathering is a process where modelers paint their model trains specifically to make them look more worn, aged, and well-traveled, like you see here.

Thanks to all our generous donors, SDMRM has raised $16,547 toward our goal to install new flooring in our main classroo...
01/03/2024

Thanks to all our generous donors, SDMRM has raised $16,547 toward our goal to install new flooring in our main classroom and event spaces. We are more than halfway to our goal! This project will ensure we can host educational programming, community events, conferences, and more in the coming years. Thank you to everyone who has contributed.

Happy New Year from the San Diego Model Railroad Museum! The museum will open from 10am-4pm on a special Monday today, s...
01/01/2024

Happy New Year from the San Diego Model Railroad Museum!

The museum will open from 10am-4pm on a special Monday today, so start you can start your year surrounded by model trains🚂

12/29/2023

A Santa Fe Super Chief rolls through the mountains of Northern San Diego on the Pacific Desert Lines.

There's still time to make a year-end gift for your 2023 taxes! Help the museum make a much-needed upgrade on our floori...
12/27/2023

There's still time to make a year-end gift for your 2023 taxes! Help the museum make a much-needed upgrade on our flooring in both the Pacific Beach room and the education classroom. These spaces are crucial for our educational programming, events, and more.

Head to https://www.sdmrm.org/donate to make your year-end donation today, and help SDMRM meet our goal of $30,000 in 2024

Merry Christmas from the San Diego Model Railroad Museum🎄The museum will be closed today but will be OPEN the next full ...
12/25/2023

Merry Christmas from the San Diego Model Railroad Museum🎄

The museum will be closed today but will be OPEN the next full week of 12/26-1/1.

12/23/2023

A close up of some mixed freight on the San Diego & Arizona Eastern🛤

12/21/2023

Discover unique, inspired holiday gifts for everyone on your list with our new Holiday Gift Guide. Shop local and support your favorite museum. Not sure what to get or need a last-minute gift? Museum memberships are the perfect choice. Download yours in the twinkling of an eye.

Looking for a unique, thoughtful, last minute Christmas gift? Give the gift of membership to the San Diego Model Railroa...
12/20/2023

Looking for a unique, thoughtful, last minute Christmas gift? Give the gift of membership to the San Diego Model Railroad Museum!

Museum members enjoy perks like Unlimited exhibit gallery admission*, 10% discount at the museum Gift Shop, discounted rates on rentals and summer camps, member-only events, and more!

Head to the link in our bio to give the gift of membership this year.

*Unlimited exhibit gallery admission is only valid on regular Museum operating hours, and is not valid for special ticketed events.

The San Diego Model Railroad Museum will be adjusting our hours for the holidays as following:🌟Sunday, 12/24, Christmas ...
12/19/2023

The San Diego Model Railroad Museum will be adjusting our hours for the holidays as following:

🌟Sunday, 12/24, Christmas Eve
OPEN 10:00am-3:00pm (Early Close)
🌟Monday, 12/25, Christmas Day
CLOSED
🌟12/26 - 1230
OPEN 10:00am-4:00pm
🌟Sunday, 12/31, New Year’s Eve
OPEN 10:00am-3:00pm (Early Close)
🌟Monday, 1/1, 2024, New Year’s Day
OPEN 10:00am-4:00pm

We thank you for understanding and hope to see you when we are open!

On Friday, December 1, SDMRM's Marketing and Community Engagement Coordinator was on Drew Schlosberg's Spotlight on the ...
12/19/2023

On Friday, December 1, SDMRM's Marketing and Community Engagement Coordinator was on Drew Schlosberg's Spotlight on the Community podcast. To hear about Ales N' Rails and other ways to support the museum, listen here:

Patty McEvoy, Marketing and Community Engagement Coordinator for the San Diego Model Railroad Museum, talks about the museum's "Ales 'N Rails" beer tasting fundraiser, slated for Saturday, December 16 from 6:00-9:30 p.m. McEvoy discusses their 2024 campaign to redo the flooring of their event space....

SDMRM is excited to announce our next exhibit: Tales of Thomas! This 6-month exhibit will focus on everyone's favorite t...
12/18/2023

SDMRM is excited to announce our next exhibit: Tales of Thomas! This 6-month exhibit will focus on everyone's favorite toy train – from the books, the train he was based on, friends, and more!

🗓Opens January 9
🎟Included in museum admission
👩‍👧‍👦Fun for the whole family

Today's the day! We have less than 10 tickets left for day of purchase, but if you can't make it, you can still help us ...
12/16/2023

Today's the day! We have less than 10 tickets left for day of purchase, but if you can't make it, you can still help us reach our goal and support our resident model rail associations:
Head to https://www.sdmrm.org/alesnrails to help us raise $10,000 to support the preservation of our permanent exhibits.

12/14/2023

Steam or Diesel? Vote in the comments 👇

We have a few tickets left for Ales N' Rails! This event is expected to sell out, so don't miss your chance to support t...
12/13/2023

We have a few tickets left for Ales N' Rails! This event is expected to sell out, so don't miss your chance to support the model railroad museum while enjoying local San Diego Beer🍺

🎟$40 for non-members
🎟$30 for museum members

Head to https://www.sdmrm.org/alesnrails to get your tickets.

Last week, SDMRM had the privilege of hosting Make a Wish San Diego and Lloyd's Layouts to make a 10-year-old boy's wish...
12/12/2023

Last week, SDMRM had the privilege of hosting Make a Wish San Diego and Lloyd's Layouts to make a 10-year-old boy's wish come true! Beau visited the museum expecting a tour and was surprised when our very own Shotgun Tom Kelly presented Beau with his own model train layout. Read more about it here: https://www.nbcsandiego.com/news/local/shotgun-tom-kelly-helps-unveil-model-train-for-san-diego-make-a-wish-kid/3375212/?fbclid=IwAR1gbT9O-A--MDrAPW2xgrdRVJPa-8EV_kTBWTaGPZ-3it5_bU8Txf50I8E

A spontaneous trip to the San Diego Model Railroad Museum turned into a wish come true for a boy named Beau, a 10-year-old train lover and Make-A-Wish kid.

Thinking of year-end donations? SDMRM needs help updating our main event spaces, the Pacific Beach Room Gallery and SDMR...
12/10/2023

Thinking of year-end donations?

SDMRM needs help updating our main event spaces, the Pacific Beach Room Gallery and SDMRM’s Education Classroom. Both are crucial for delivering public programming, workshops, conferences, and events year-round. Each has also suffered wear and tear from years of foot traffic, use as loading and unloading zones, and flooding damage from storms.

So far, you've helped us get 1/3 of the way to our $30,000 goal, with our current total at $11,105. SDMRM would like to say thank you to everyone who has donated so far.

Help us improve the spaces we welcome you into and make your tax-deductible donation at https://www.sdmrm.org/donate

Can you still hear the bells? Polar Express Family Day is tomorrow! Visit the museum from 10am – 4pm for:🚂Two showings o...
12/08/2023

Can you still hear the bells? Polar Express Family Day is tomorrow! Visit the museum from 10am – 4pm for:

🚂Two showings of the Polar Express film at 10:30am and 1:30pm
🎅Visit with Santa from 12:15pm-1:30pm
❄Crafts around the museum
🎄Cookie Bags and Silver Bells and Polar Express tickets available for purchase

More information and general admission tickets can be found at https://www.sdmrm.org/polarexpress

Ales N' Rails is less than 2 weeks away! Don't miss the most fun fundraiser of the year, where your ticket includes:Craf...
12/06/2023

Ales N' Rails is less than 2 weeks away! Don't miss the most fun fundraiser of the year, where your ticket includes:

Craft Beer Tasting
Food
Live Music
Access to Our Raffle
Ugly Sweater contest with prizes
Model Train Exhibits

Head to https://www.sdmrm.org/alesnrails to get yours before they sell out!

12/05/2023

It’s beginning to look at a lot like Christmas in our 3-rail Toy Train Gallery! Visit the museum through the seasons to see this room all decked out in holiday decor🌟

Polar Express Family Day is one week away! Visit the museum on Saturday, December 9th for:❄Two showing of the classic Po...
12/02/2023

Polar Express Family Day is one week away! Visit the museum on Saturday, December 9th for:

❄Two showing of the classic Polar Express film at 10:30 AM and 1:30 PM
🎅A special appearance from Santa from 12:15-1:30 PM
🎄Holiday crafts like making your own holiday cards and ornaments

All included in museum admission!

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12/01/2023

Visit the Model Railroad Museum during December nights at no cost, and have the opportunity to take a picture with Santa! St. Nick will be in the Pacific Beach room from 5:30pm-8:30pm🎅

SDMRM will also be at the Family Fun Zone in the Municipal Gym. Come do an educational activity and win prizes!

We hope everyone has a safe and fun December Nights at Balboa Park.

SDMRM has beer cars in all scales, and tickets available for Ales 'N Rails!Head to https://www.sdmrm.org/alesnrails to g...
11/29/2023

SDMRM has beer cars in all scales, and tickets available for Ales 'N Rails!

Head to https://www.sdmrm.org/alesnrails to get your ticket which includes beer tasting from 7 local breweries, food, access to our raffle and ugly sweater contest, and of course, the joy of model trains!

11/28/2023

On this Giving Tuesday, the global day of unity and giving, help the San Diego Model Railroad Museum enhance its capacity for serving by supporting upgrades in key community connection spaces.

Right now, SDMRM has a goal of raising $30,000 to install new flooring in the Pacific Beach Room Gallery and SDMRM Education Classroom for 2024. Each space is crucial to delivering unique exhibitions, educational public programs, conferences, and events year-round. But flooring has suffered from wear and tear that impacts daily use and is in urgent need of replacement.

So far, we’ve raised over $4,700 but we can’t reach this goal without you!

To make your tax-deductible gift for , head to
https://www.sdmrm.org/donate

Today is Museum Store Sunday! Our gift shop is a pivotal part of our museum, running admissions and creating opportuniti...
11/26/2023

Today is Museum Store Sunday! Our gift shop is a pivotal part of our museum, running admissions and creating opportunities for people to show of their love of trains.

This Sunday, support SDMRM and our giftshop by shopping either in person or online at https://www.sdmrm.org/shop

Another great gift to consider this Sunday is a membership to the San Diego Model Railroad Museum. That way, they can enjoy access to the museum, among other perks, all year long. https://www.sdmrm.org/membership

Address

1649 El Prado
San Diego, CA
92101

Opening Hours

Tuesday 10am - 4pm
Wednesday 10am - 4pm
Thursday 10am - 4pm
Friday 10am - 4pm
Saturday 10am - 4pm
Sunday 10am - 4am

Telephone

+16196960199

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