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 on the hour 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Excursion trains run weekends April through September. Sacramento Southern Railroad Trains depart from the Central Pacific Freight Depot in Old Sacramento located at Front & "K" Streets.
California State Railroad Museum Point of Interest
The COVID-19 pandemic continues to be dynamic and fluid. As such, information on this webpage may change. Prior to visiting us, please check this webpage again right before you visit the park to find out if new guidelines are in place.
As a reminder, Californians are encouraged to avoid road trips and stay close to home, maintain physical distancing, wear a face covering when a physical distance of six feet cannot be maintained from others, and avoid congregating. Everyone has the responsibility to slow down the spread of COVID-19. Visitors should also abide by their local county health orders.
Here are some additional guidelines for locals visiting California State Railroad Museum:
What is open now?
- Exterior grounds in Old Sacramento are open.
What is currently closed?
- The Railroad Museum is closed to the public.
Are there any new visitor guidelines?
Yes, please see below:
- Stay Safer at 6 Feet: No matter the recreational activity, maintain a physical distance of 6 feet or more. No more than three households in a group is permitted. Mixing between group gatherings, large gatherings or parties is not allowed. Visitors are being asked to leave if there are too many people to allow for the required physical distance.
- Stay Clean: Be prepared. Bring soap/sanitizer and pack out all trash. Restrooms will be temporarily closed in order to keep up with cleaning schedules.
- Stay Covered: The state requires you to wear a face covering when you cannot maintain physical distancing of six feet or more. For details, please visit www.covid19.ca.gov.
Statewide, California State Parks continues to work with locals on a phased and regionally-driven approach to increase access to state park units where compliance with state and local public health ordinances can be achieved. However, the situation remains fluid and park operations can change at any time. The need for Californians to slow the spread of COVID-19 in the outdoors remains critical.
For information on statewide current closures and available services, please visit parks.ca.gov/FlattenTheCurve.
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.
California State Railroad Museum Excursion Trains run from April through September (select dates October through December), 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 4 p.m., from our reconstructed Central Pacific Freight Depot. 2015 is the 32th year the State Railroad Museum has operated our excursion trains. Excursion train tickets are $12 adults, $6 youths (ages 6-17), ages 5 and under ride free. For more information call (916) 323-9280.
Location and Parking:
Summer and spring are warm; fall and winter can be cool. Layered clothing is advised.
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 www.film.ca.gov 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.