California State Railroad Museum

Point of Interest

The California State Railroad Museum (CSRM) in Old Sacramento is the world-class tribute to the role of the "iron horse" in connecting California to the rest of the nation. Our museum features 21 lavishly restored locomotives and cars, some dating back to 1862. There is a full-scale diorama of an 1860s construction site high in the Sierra Nevada as well as a bridge elevated 24 feet above the museum floor.

Excursion Train

California State Railroad Museum Excursion Trains run from April through September, where you can take a ride behind an authentic locomotive in Old Sacramento. When you climb aboard the Museum’s Sacramento Southern Railroad you enjoy a relaxing 45-minute, 6-mile roundtrip ride along the levees of the Sacramento River. Experience the sights, smells, and sounds of a real, working locomotive as it pulls vintage passenger coaches and converted freight cars.

Excursion Trains depart Saturdays and Sundays, on-the-hour 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., from our reconstructed Central Pacific Freight Depot.  2013 is the 30th year the State Railroad Museum has operated our excursion trains.  Excursion train tickets are $10 adults, $5 youths (ages 6-17), ages 5 and under ride free. For more information call  (916) 323-9280.

Location and Parking:

California State Railroad Museum
The California State Railroad Museum is located in Old Sacramento at 125 "I" Street.  On-street, metered parking in Old Sacramento is for short durations only (90 minutes maximum) and the limited amount of spaces generally fill up early. Thus, we recommend instead that guests utilize the public parking garage located at the north ("I" Street) entrance to Old Sacramento.

Seasons/Climate/Recommended Clothing

Summer and spring are warm; fall and winter can be cool. Layered clothing is advised.

CP Huntington

C. P. Huntington, Southern Pacific Railroad Steam Locomotive No. 1,
at the California State Railroad Museum


We welcome photography for personal use.
Handheld flash is allowed; however tripods and free standing flash are not permitted for safety reasons.
Commercial photography is allowed on a case by case basis by advance arrangement. Visit for more information.
Trains & Tripods: A Morning for Photographers at the Museum is a special event offered at the California State Railroad Museum in coordination with its non-profit partner, the California State Railroad Museum Foundation. Tripods and handheld flash are allowed during this event. For more information visit

·Park Information

  • Hours of Operation:

    Museum Hours
    Open daily 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
    Tickets sold until 4:30 p.m.
    Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day

    * The California State Railroad Museum will be open every Thursday evening from May 29 - August 28 until 8:00 p.m. On Thursday, August 14, the Railroad Museum will not be open for extended hours, but we will be offering special evening excursion train rides.

    Train Operating Hours
    Sacramento Southern Railroad Trains depart from the Public Market in Old Sacramento located at Front & "K" Streets. Excursion trains run weekends April through September, departures on the hour 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

  • Park Office Telephone:

    (916) 445-7387

  • Region

    Gold Country



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Museum Admission:
Adults   $10
Youth    $5  (ages 6 to 17)
Children Free (5 and under)

Museum Office Telephone


TDD 916-324-2667

Accessibility Information

Museum Mailing Address

111 "I" Street
Sacramento, CA 95814-2265