Opens January 19th.
Most railroad lines were (and are) large enterprises requiring vast amounts of material and equipment to operate. One way of remembering this bygone era is through collecting railroad artifacts that have survived the years. Small items like lanterns, china, paper, and locks are well within the reach of individual collectors. Therefore, many people seek out such items -- often called "railroadiana"
In Loco for Locos you'll see many examples of the variety of items used to promote rail travel. So come visit us and get Loco for Locos.
Loco for LOCOS: January 19th - Summer 2016
Scales and Rails: Present- Summer
Centennial Railway Garden: Open Now through 2016
Mac's Kids Corner Tuesdays-Sundays
April 2, 11am-1pm Model Makers 3D Workshop
May 21, 7am-11am- Model RR SwapMeet
Centennial Garden Railway
SDMRM is excited to announce the opening of a new garden exhibit in Balboa Park!
We invite you to go back in time, to the Panama-California Exposition and visit an exciting scale model version of Balboa Park. Visitors will be able to operate Streetcars and have fun controlling our interactive garden features. Not only is this exhibit a new feature for Balboa Park, but it also adds a brand new outdoor G'Scale exhibit for the Model Railroad Museum!
If you have a special skill or just want to donate your time, we have a good number of volunteer opportunities.
We offer train tables, puzzles, books, toy trains, and a chalkboard wall.
Check out our fun-filled toddler hours below. All Finger Painting Friday and StoryTime Hour activities take place from 11:00 a.m.- 12:00 p.m.
Finger Painting Friday
Friday November 6th: Train Track Finger Painting
Train Wheel Pasta Prints- Friday November 13th
Tickets Please! Watercolor Art- Wednesday November 18th
Color-mixing Engine Fun- Wednesday November 25th
You can make project based donations or just donate for general support. Each dollar helps educational, exhibit, and outreach programs.
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Model Makers 3D Lab- Workshops Begin April 2
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In this exciting new workshop series participants will learn the skills and techniques that went into creating the 3D printed details for the Centennial Garden Railway.
Exhibit 3D designer, Clayton McIntyre will teach attendees basic design skills that can be applied to model building.
The first session "Intro to 3D Printing" is April 2 from 11am to 1pm.
Seating is limited. Registration Required.
Museum Mebers Free
Explorer Pass Members Free
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San Diego, CA 92101
The museum library has an extensive reference collection of books, magazines and photographs related to both prototype and model railroading. It also has a sizeable collection of railroad timetables and railroad promotional brochures dating from 1893. more info...