Facility Rentals

California State Railroad Museum  |  California State Railroad Museum Library  |  Locomotive Collection


The California State Railroad Museum offers a number of unique indoor and outdoor event spaces that are sure to make any occasion memorable. The Museum offers an unparalleled collection of restored locomotives, which makes it one of the most unique backdrops in all of Sacramento. Suitable for events such as corporate meetings, dinner receptions and outdoor festivals.

Let us be the site of your next special event or wedding! Working with your own caterer or one of our preferred vendors, our Facilities Rental staff can help ensure an unforgettable experience for you and your guests. Contact us to set up a free site tour with our venue coordinator.

Please contact: Francesca Martella
Francesca.Martella@parks.ca.gov
(916) 893-3534

Facility Venues – Special Events

*Full Museum buyout – please call (916) 893-3534 for capacity and pricing*

Museum’s Roundhouse

Capacity: 500 seated or 700 standing

The main Roundhouse area is surrounded by the Museum’s unparalleled collection of restored locomotives and cars. Costumed interpreters are available to enhance your guests’ experience. A typical rental for the Roundhouse includes the entire first floor, additional areas in the museum can be available at an additional cost. CSRM is available to rent beginning at 5:00 p.m. and events generally must be fully cleaned up and vacated by 11:00 p.m. However, events may start earlier or go longer with prior approval.

Standing Capacity Seated Capacity Number of Tracks Cleared Basic Rental Fee*
Up to 250  Up to 125 None $2,500
250-400 125-225 1 Track Cleared $3,000
400-550 225-350 2 Tracks Cleared $3,500
550–700 350–500 3 Tracks Cleared $4,000

*All basic rental fees will have staff fees added
*Additional floors and locomotive exhibits can be available for an additional charge. Food and drink are allowed in designated areas only.

Museum’s Sierra Scene

Capacity: 40 seated or 60 standing

The Sierra Scene features towering mountains depicting a railroad construction scene in the Sierra Nevada, with the Central Pacific Railroad No. 1 Governor Stanford locomotive as its centerpiece. A typical rental for the Serra Scene is restricted to that space only, additional areas in the museum can be available at an additional cost. CSRM is available to rent beginning at 5:00 p.m. and events generally must be fully cleaned up and vacated by 11:00 p.m. However, events may start earlier or go longer with prior approval.

Standing Capacity Seated Capacity Basic Rental Fee*
Up to 60 guests Up to 40 guests $1,500

*All basic rental fees will have staff fees added
*Additional floors and locomotive exhibits can be available for an additional charge. Food and drink are allowed in designated areas only.

1849 Scene

Capacity: several thousand

Our large outdoor area is a preferred location for a variety of Old Sacramento’s numerous festivals and large public gatherings. Situated in the heart of Old Sacramento State Historic Park, the 1849 Scene is bordered by “I” and “J” Streets, Front Street and Commonwealth Alley. It is composed of a large, lawn area with a paved perimeter, surrounded by historic buildings.

Event Time Basic Rental Fee*
Up to 4 hours $1,000
4 to 8 hours $1,500
8 to 12 hours $2,500

*All basic rental fees will have staff fees added

Eagle Theater

Capacity: 150

Originally established in 1849 during the Gold Rush, the reconstructed Eagle Theatre replicates California’s first permanent performing arts theater. The Eagle Theatre features rustic bench seating and a stage suitable for performances, with modern lighting and sound capabilities.

Day Rate* (8am-5pm) After 5pm*
$500 $750

*Up to 6 hour rental
*Depending on scope of event, staff fees may be added

Facility Venues – Meetings & Presentations

 

Museum Theaters (2)

Capacity: 135

Ideal for small presentations, the Museum’s two modern theaters each feature comfortable, tiered seating and a full-size screen for audio-visual presentations. Located side-by-side on the ground floor of the Museum.

Day Rate* (8am-5pm) After 5pm*
$500 $750

*Up to 6 hour rental
*Depending on scope of event, staff fees may be added
*Rental price is for each theater ;

 

Stanford Gallery

Stanford Gallery event imageCapacity: 50

The Stanford Gallery offers the perfect space for classroom style presentations or company training space. Loaded with brand new audio-visual equipment and enough tables and chairs for 60 people.

Day Rate* (8am-5pm) After 5pm*
$450 $500

*Up to 9 hour rental
*Depending on scope of event, staff fees may be added

 

Train Rentals

Union Pacific Caboose

Capacity: 15 (at one time inside of Caboose)

Union Pacific Caboose, is located adjacent to the Central Pacific Railroad Passenger Station. The Caboose is ideal for children’s birthday parties and is available for stationary (non-moving) rentals only. The Caboose can accommodate 15 guests with nearby picnic tables available to assure that larger groups have ample room to celebrate. The cost of a 4-hour rental (including prep and clean up time) is $300 and also includes 10 tickets on our Excursion train ride (when operating, usually weekends April - September) or 10 Museum passes. The Union Pacific Caboose may be rented February - October.

Basic Rental Fee*
$300

*Available starting a 10am or 11am

 

 

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