Charters & Facility Rentals

Looking for a location to host your next event?

The California State Railroad Museum offers a number of unique indoor and outdoor event spaces that are sure to make any occasion memorable. The Museum offers an unparalleled collection of restored locomotives, which makes it one of the most unique backdrops in all of Sacramento. Suitable for events such as corporate meetings, dinner receptions and outdoor festivals.

Let us be the site of your next special event or wedding! Working with your own caterer or one of our preferred vendors, our Facilities Rental staff can help ensure an unforgettable experience for you and your guests. Contact us to set up a free site tour with our venue coordinator.

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Indoor & Outdoor Facility Venues

Museum Roundhouse

Roundhouse 50Th2

Social Gatherings & Receptions – capacity 500 seated or 700 standing

The main Roundhouse area is surrounded by the Museum’s unparalleled collection of restored locomotives and cars. Costumed interpreters are available to enhance your guests’ experience.

Museum Sierra Scene

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Social Gatherings & Receptions – capacity 40 seated or 60 standing

The Sierra Scene features towering mountains depicting a railroad construction scene in the Sierra Nevada, with the Central Pacific Railroad No. 1 Governor Stanford locomotive as its centerpiece.

Railroad Museum Theater(s)

East Theater
Meetings & Presentations – capacity 135 each

Ideal for small presentations, the Museum’s two modern theaters each feature comfortable, tiered seating and a full-size screen for audio-visual presentations. Located side-by-side on the ground floor of the Museum.

The 1849 Scene

Facility Rentals 1849 Scene
Outdoor Space – capacity several thousand

Our large outdoor area is a preferred location for a variety of Old Sacramento’s numerous festivals and large public gatherings. Situated in the heart of Old Sacramento State Historic Park, the 1849 Scene is bordered by “I” and “J” Streets, Front Street and Commonwealth Alley. It is composed of a large, lawn area with a paved perimeter, surrounded by historic buildings.

Eagle Theatre

Facility Rentals Eagle Theater
Meetings & Presentations – capacity 150

Originally established in 1849 during the Gold Rush, the reconstructed Eagle Theatre replicates California’s first permanent performing arts theater. The Eagle Theatre features rustic bench seating and a stage suitable for performances and presentations, with modern lighting and sound capabilities.

Train Venues

Excursion Train

Social Gatherings & Receptions – capacity 225

The Museum’s Sacramento Southern Railroad operates along a three-mile route atop the Sacramento River levee from Old Sacramento to Baths (just south of the Miller Park Marina). Trains generally depart from the Central Pacific Railroad Freight Depot in Old Sacramento. A variety of passenger cars, from open-air gondolas with bench seating to comfortable enclosed coaches, are available.

Dinner in the Diner

Intimate Dining, Social Gatherings & Receptions

Available for stationary and moving rentals, our elegant dinner train consists of the Audubon dining car and the French Quarter. The Audubon is an elegant, authentic 1950s dining car. The French Quarter is a beautifully restored car inspired by New Orleans. The total capacity of both cars is 84, with 48 seats in the Audubon and 36 in the French Quarter. Intimate surrounds and proximity to the Sacramento River make for a truly unforgettable experience. Choose from our pre-qualified caterers to plan your memorable Dinner in the Diner meal experience.


Union Pacific Caboose

Kid’s birthday parties – Capacity 15 (at a time inside the caboose)

Fun for the kids, the Union Pacific Caboose is available for party rentals! Cabooses served to provide a sheltered vantage point for trainmen. Its name may have originated with a French or Dutch word, describing a deck cabin on a sailing ship. But in more than a century, the caboose acquired dozens of nicknames: cabin car, crummy, shack, way car, bobber, brainbox, shanty, hack and many others.

Caboose is located adjacent to the Central Pacific Railroad Passenger Station. The Caboose is ideal for children’s birthday parties and is available for stationary (non-moving) rentals only. The Caboose can accommodate 15 guests with nearby picnic tables available to assure that larger groups have ample room to celebrate.

Rental Information

The Union Pacific Caboose is available to be rented:
10 a.m. - 2 p.m. or 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.

A 4-hour rental (including prep and clean up time) is $300 and includes 10 tickets on our Excursion train ride (when operating, weekends April-September) or 10 Museum passes.

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