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San Diego Model Railroad Museum

San Diego

Your (inner) four-year-old child will love this railroad museum; one of the largest indoor railroad museums in the world, it has some 27,000 sq ft of amazingly landscaped working models of actual Southern California railroads and stations, both historical and contemporary.

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The San Diego Historical Society operates this center, with permanent and temporary exhibitions on city history. Previous exhibitions have included the…

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