TINXTEN: A Century of Tinplate Trains -Extended to November 20th!
A Century of Tinplate chronicles the history of tinplate toy trains through the 20th century. Starting in the 1890’s, tinplate trains became popular toys for the children of Europe and the United States.
Prized for their colorful and detailed lithographed cars, tinplate trains captured the imagination of youth and adults alike; laying the foundation for the hobby of model railroading. The museum’s collection of early 20th century tinplate toy trains will be on display to intrigue audiences of the 21st century just as they did over 100 years ago.
You can make project based donations or just donate for general support. Each dollar helps educational, exhibit, and outreach programs.
Mac's Kid's Corner Open Every Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday.
Current -July 20 TINXTEN: Tinplate Train Exhibition
Z-scale exhibit July 4th-6th
Summer Camp Schedule
Week Grade Spots Still Available
July 7 – 11 3rd – 4th 3
July 14 – 18 5th – 8th 3
July 21 – 25 1st – 2nd 5
July 28 – Aug 1 1st – 2nd 0 FULL
Aug 4 – 8 5th -8th 2
Aug 11 – 15 3rd – 4th 4
Circus Family Day August 9th 11am-3pm
Research for Railfans
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...
Your Opinion is important! SDMRM is planning upcoming events and educational exhibits. Please click here to take a short survey and let us know what you would like to see here at the museum.
After Completing the Survey you'll receive a link to receive $2.00 of Adult Admission. Present the coupon on your next visit.
SDMRM believes creating an interactive garden space in Balboa Park will only enhance the beauty and experience for visitors of our City's Crown Jewel.
You can support this amazing project by making a tax deductible donation by clicking here more info....
or call 619-696-0199 to learn more on how your dollars can support innovation at the Model Railroad Museum.
Due to Summer Camp Mac's Kids Corner has limited hours.
We apologize for the inconvenience. See Calendar for days and hours.
Motive Mac is Back!!! Check out the updated classroom and play area for kids.
We offer train tables, arts and crafts, games, books, operating toy trains, and a chalkboard wall. This is the perfect place for all junior train lovers to play.