Laboratory of Learning

This museum’s highest calling is to serve as a laboratory of learning. Since we opened in 1981, we have welcomed millions of students on field trips. It is common for members of our visiting community to recall fondly their first field trip to the museum. Over the last five years, the museum has worked hard to move from helping formal education, to directly providing it.

Students from California State University Sacramento have created exhibits as part of class projects. Student interns from local schools and universities have learned a variety of skills through hands-on learning. In the future, we look forward to continuing the tradition of field trips. We also look forward to turning the museum into a place of formal learning. Whether the lessons are how to care for artifacts, or how to run a museum, or career technical education through working on locomotives, the best museum is a teaching museum.

The exhibits here were all researched, designed, and produced by students.

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