Museum Hours: Closed
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
In an effort to prevent visitation surges and help stop the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19), State Parks has implemented the following safety measures to date:
- Closed some parks, meaning all trails and restrooms within these parks are closed.
- Closed vehicular access at remaining parks, including for off-highway vehicle riding.
- Closed all campgrounds, museums and visitor centers.
- Cancelled all events.
A list of closures is available online at parks.ca.gov/FlattenTheCurve. The list is dynamic and updated on a regular basis.
In an effort to protect public health and the safety of our visitors, volunteers and staff as the state responds to the continued threat of COVID-19, California State Parks is temporarily closing the California State Railroad Museum and its associated facilities within Old Sacramento State Historic Park. While we are not directly affected by COVID-19, we are monitoring the situation carefully and are committed to following California Governor’s updated policy on social gatherings to help slow the spread of COVID-19. We thank you for your patience, trust and continued support. We’d also like to thank our volunteers, partners, and staff for their commitment and dedication as public servants through these challenging circumstances. For the most up-to-date information, please follow our park webpage and social media channels.
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.