I love visiting museums with my family, and thanks to Amtrack Train Days (free admission), I loaded up the family and headed down to the California State Railroad Museum in Downtown Sacramento.
We always love walking through the museum and seeing all the the trains through the decades. These are not miniatures that are in the museum, but full sized box cars and locomotives!
Amtrak had several displays including train safety and a fun photo booth. I was able to pick up a couple of free train themed postcards to send to my older daughter in boot camp.
Staff (I think many are volunteers) can be found strolling along the floor and are ready to answer any questions, or give some interesting train information. Mr. David was kind enough to pose for a picture with my younger daughter. One of the upper levels has a huge collection of toy and model trains, and a neat train themed play area for younger children. One more level up has even more train history, as well as a small movie theater that shows a short educational film.
No trip to a museum would be complete without a quick trip through a gift store. We wandered through looking at all the goodies and of course my daughter found the Pressed Penny Machine, so be sure to bring some shiny pennies and a few quarters.
The California State Railroad Museum is huge. You can plan on spending several hours there if you like to read everything, or you can break it up into smaller trips and see what new exhibits turn up. There are ample benches through out the museum if you need to take a break.
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