General Information

Home to 225,000 square-feet of exhibits and beautifully restored railroad cars and locomotives which illustrate railroad history in California and the West.

Hours

The Museum is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
(except Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day)

Admission

  • Adults$12*
  • Youths$6 (ages 6-17)*
  • ChildrenFree (ages 5 and under)

Cash, personal checks, travelers’ checks, Visa and Mastercard are accepted for payment. (Prices are subject to change without notice.)

Reciprocal Admission

The California State Railroad Museum is proud to offer reciprocal admission benefits to members of museums that participate in the North American Reciprocal Museum Association (NARM) program. Some restrictions may apply.

Location

111 I Street, Sacramento, California, 95814
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Parking

Short-term Parking

A small number of limited-term, metered parking spaces are available on the streets of the Old Sacramento Waterfront. Street parking is metered from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. However, these spaces are not suitable for guests visiting longer than 90 minutes.

Long-term Parking

All-day parking is available at two parking garages located at both ends of the Old Sacramento Waterfront:

  1. Old Sacramento Garage – Entrance at I Street between 3rd and 2nd St.
  2. Tower Bridge Garage – Entrance on Capitol Blvd. and Neasham Circle near the Tower Bridge.
Bus Parking

Free bus parking is available behind the museum. The signs will direct you from I Street to the gated lot behind the museum for easy passenger drop off.

For more information on parking, visit SacPark.org.



Driving Directions

From San Francisco/East Bay/Fairfield
Take Interstate Highway 80-East to West Sacramento. At the I-80/Business 80 split, follow Business 80 to Downtown Sacramento, then as the freeway climbs up over the Sacramento River, take the Interstate Highway 5-North exit. Exit at "J" Street (a one-way, eastbound street) and go two blocks to Fifth Street. Turn left, then turn left again at "I" Street. Follow the large overhead signs to "Old Sacramento/Railroad Museum."

From Modesto/Stockton/Lodi
Take Highway 99-North to Sacramento. Follow Highway 99 through two freeway intersections in Sacramento (Highway 99/Highway 50/Business 80, then Business 80/Highway 99/Interstate Highway 5). You will end up headed north on Interstate Highway 5/Highway 99 in downtown Sacramento. Exit at "J" Street (a one-way, eastbound street) and go two blocks to Fifth Street. Turn left, then turn left again at "I" Street. Follow the large overhead signs to "Old Sacramento/Railroad Museum."

From Reno/Auburn/Roseville
Take Interstate Highway 80-West to Interstate Highway 5-South. Follow I-5 south to downtown Sacramento. Exit at "J" Street (a one-way, eastbound stree t) and go two blocks to Fifth Street. Turn left, then turn left again at "I" Street. Follow the large overhead signs to "Old Sacramento/Railroad Museum."

From South Lake Tahoe/Placerville
Take Highway 50-West to Sacramento. Continue west on Highway 50/Business 80 to Interstate Highway 5-North and downtown Sacramento. Almost as soon as you join I-5, you will be exiting. Exit at "J" Street (a one-way, eastbound street) and go two blocks to Fifth Street. Turn left, then turn left again at "I" Street. Follow the large overhead signs to "Old Sacramento/Railroad Museum."

From Redding/Chico/Marysville
Head south on Highway 99 or Interstate Highway 5 to Sacramento. The two highways join together just a few miles north of Sacramento, near Sacramento International Airport. Continue south to downtown Sacramento. Exit at "J" Street (a one-way, eastbound street) and go two blocks to Fifth Street. Turn left, then turn left again at "I" Street. Follow the large overhead signs to "Old Sacramento/Railroad Museum."

By Amtrak

Coming from outside Sacramento? Take the Capitol Corridor train to the Sacramento Valley Amtrak Station, which is a short and easy walk to the California State Railroad Museum. Up to 30 trains a day serve the station – enjoy on board wi-fi, Café Car service, spacious seating, and beautiful views while you ride. For more info and to book, visit www.capitolcorridor.org.

Accessibility

The California State Railroad Museum is fully accessible to persons with disabilities. Wherever possible, access to exhibits are facilitated by wheelchair lifts with the assistance of our friendly staff. Certain exhibits and programs have limited accessibility, due to factors such as narrow, historic stairways and door openings on railroad passenger cars. For additional details, please contact us.

Guided Tours and Films

Guided tours and interpretive film screenings are offered daily.

Photography

  • We welcome photography for personal use.
  • Handheld flash is allowed; however, tripods and freestanding flash are not permitted for safety reasons.
  • Commercial photography is allowed on a case-by-case basis by advance arrangement. Click here for more information.

Dining

The Old Sacramento Waterfront and the surrounding streets offer countless options for dining – from casual to formal, from quick bites to feats of culinary flair. Located in the heart of the Farm-to-Fork Capital, Sacramento offers the breadth of quality and variety to satisfy every palate and meet any budget.

Lodging

There are numerous hotels within walking distance of the Old Sacramento Waterfront and the California State Railroad Museum. Visit Sacramento can recommend a number of hotels and attractions in the area, and will be happy to mail you a complete Sacramento Visitors Guide upon request. Click on the link or call (916) 808-7777, Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. PT.

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