The mission of the San Diego Model Railroad Museum is to preserve the heritage of railroading through a series of miniature representations of California railroads, research and preserve the history of model railroading, and educate the public in the many different aspects of railroading.
The museum is a non-profit 501(c)(3) corporation recognized as a tax exempt educational institution by the state and federal governments. View our current Non-Profit Organization Disclosures: Form 990 and Form 990 Schedule. The museum was incorporated in 1980 and has four non-profit organizations as Principal Exhibitors: San Diego Model Railroad Club (Chartered in 1938 and incorporated in 1963); La Mesa Model Railroad Club (Incorporated in 1962); and the San Diego Society of N-Scale (Incorporated in 1983). The San Diego 3-Railers joined the museum in 1995 and have built a magnificent toy train display.
At 27,000 sq. ft., the museum is one the largest indoor model railroad displays in the world and the only accredited railroad themed musuem in USA. The individual HO and N scale layouts are among largest of their type. Construction of the model railroads is accomplished by volunteer club members (approximately. 320). Each club is responsible for the design, construction, funding, and operation of its exhibit. Criteria for membership in the individual clubs is determined by each club. Check Model Railroad Clubs for additional information.
Since its opening to the public in March of 1982, the museum is now approaching 3 million visitors. The museum has played host to numerous conventions, organizations, school groups, and community functions. If your organization would like to inquire about museum availability for social functions, the Pacific Beach Model Railroad Club Room is available for receptions, birthday parties and other gatherings. Proceed to the How To Contact Us. If you're planning to visit from out of town, be sure to check out The City Of San Diego's Web page. It provides information to help make your stay in America's Finest City more enjoyable.