Museum Hours: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tickets sold until 4:30 p.m.
Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Day
Train Operating Hours: Departures run April through September from the Central Pacific Passenger Station at Front & “K” Streets. Visit the Excursion Train Ride page for the up-to-date schedule.
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. The museum features restored locomotives and cars, some dating back to 1862. Immerse yourself in the 1860s construction of the Transcontinental Railroad high in the Sierra Nevada. Explore how railroads played a key role in the development of California and shaped people’s lives, the economy, and the unique culture of the West.
California State Railroad Museum Excursion Trains run from April through September and select dates from October through December. Climb aboard the Museum’s Sacramento Southern Railroad and enjoy a relaxing 50-minute roundtrip ride along the Sacramento River. Experience the sights, smells, and sounds of a historic steam or diesel locomotive as it pulls vintage passenger coaches and converted freight cars.
Excursion Trains depart from our reconstructed Central Pacific Passenger Station. Excursion train tickets are $15 adults, $8 youths (ages 6-17), ages 5 and under ride free. For the up-to-date schedule or for more information, please visit the California State Railroad Museum Foundation (CSRMF) Excursion Train Rides page.
Location and Parking
Events and Education
We offer special events at the California State Railroad Museum in coordination with our non-profit partner, the California State Railroad Museum Foundation (CSRMF). Numerous engaging interpretive programs are available. Please visit the CSRMF website to learn more about the Museum’s school programs, digital exhibits, podcasts, and more.
Summer and spring are warm; fall and winter can be cool. We advise layered clothing. The interior of the museum is climate-controlled, but exterior displays and excursion trains are subject to the weather.
We welcome photography for personal use and handheld flash is allowed.
Tripods and free-standing flash are not permitted for safety reasons.
Commercial photography is allowed on a case-by-case basis with advance arrangement. Visit www.film.ca.gov for more information.
C. P. Huntington, Southern Pacific Railroad Steam Locomotive No. 1,
at the California State Railroad Museum