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Railroad Museum to present special trivia contest

As a highlight to the popular Thursday Night at the Museums program being offered by the California State Railroad Museum and the Sacramento History Museum during the summer months, the Railroad Museum will offer a special trivia contest on a Hot August Night on Thursday, Aug. 20. On this special evening, interested museum guests will […]

‘Good Day’ to celebrate 20th anniversary at Railroad Museum

Celebrating two decades on-the-air in the Sacramento/Stockton/Modesto market, KMAX-TV plans to broadcast its 20th anniversary “Good Day” program from the California State Railroad Museum. The live broadcast is set for Friday, Aug. 14 from 7-10 a.m. Emblematic of the region and surrounded by an impressive collection of historic locomotives, railroad-related exhibits and prized artifacts, a […]

August is Toy Train Month at Railroad Museum

California State Parks and the California State Railroad Museum are proud to recognize August 2015 as Toy Train Month, an annual celebration that focuses on the crowd-favorite Thomas W. Sefton Gallery and “Small Wonders: The Magic of Toy Trains” exhibit. In recognition of Toy Train month in August, an entirely new selection of Buddy “L” […]

All aboard for fun time

To the delight of children of all ages, it’s all aboard for a special story time with KCRA news anchor Edie Lambert on Monday, July 20. With the help of Lambert reading the illustrated children’s book “The Little Engine that Could” at 11 a.m. and 11:30 a.m., parents are encouraged to let trains and railroading […]

Railroad Museum to debut interactive experience

California State Parks and the California State Railroad Museum are proud to debut an interactive and new STEM Learning Experience titled “A Shift in Power: Railroad History Meets Changing Technology” on Friday, June 26. Funded by a National Science Foundation grant, the hands-on learning experience is part of a joint effort with five other history […]

Museum to debut exhibit

California State Parks and the California State Railroad Museum are proud to debut a new exhibit titled “A City Divided: Sacramento and the Pullman Strike of 1894” on Friday, June 5. The new exhibit will enable museum visitors to revisit the dramatic and volatile two months during the summer of 1894 when America experienced a […]

Railroad Museum gets in the jazzy spirit

Coinciding with the 42nd annual Sacramento Music Festival happening over Memorial Day weekend in Old Sacramento, California State Parks and the California State Railroad Museum will celebrate the holiday by offering jazz music inside the Railroad Museum and popular train rides behind a vintage steam locomotive. Festival badge holders will receive complimentary admission to the […]

Amtrak Train Days at Railroad Museum

In a partnership with Amtrak, California State Parks and the California State Railroad Museum are proud to present a special Amtrak Train Days event at the Railroad Museum which includes free admission on Saturday and Sunday, June 6 and 7. Taking the place of National Train Day, this expanded and free two-day event is one of […]

Fun nights at museums

Back by popular demand, California State Parks, the California State Railroad Museum and the Sacramento History Museum are proud to announce extended summer hours for the two museums on Thursday evenings as part of a special “Thursday Night at the Museums” program running from May 28 through Sept. 3. Both museums located in Old Sacramento State […]

Celebrity story time at Railroad Museum

To the delight of children of all ages, it’s all aboard for a special story time with popular KOVR weather caster Dave Bender on Monday, April 20. With the help of Bender reading a children’s book at 11 and 11:30 a.m., parents are encouraged to let trains and railroading introduce and foster the love of […]

All aboard for the steam train rides

Soon after the opening weekend of the 32nd consecutive season of excursion train rides on the Sacramento Southern Railroad, California State Parks and the California State Railroad Museum are pleased to announce vintage steam locomotive Granite Rock No. 10 will return to service on Saturday, April 11. First introduced in May 1997 by the California […]

Railroad Museum to show award-winning photos

In a new exhibit that debuts on Friday, March 20, California State Parks and the California State Railroad Museum are proud to showcase the impressive award-winning photographs from the prestigious Center for Railroad Photography and Art’s 2014 John E. Gruber Creative Photography Awards Program. With a “Lasting Impressions” theme this year, nearly 400 modern-day railroading […]

Exhibit highlights two celebrations

California State Parks and the California State Railroad Museum will debut a new exhibit titled “Two Glorious Expositions, One Golden State: Celebrating the Panama Canal in 1915” on Friday, Feb. 27. The exhibit highlights California’s two large-scale celebrations commemorating the completion of the Panama Canal in 1915 — the Panama-Pacific International Exposition in San Francisco […]

Railroad Museum announces Tuesday train rides

As an expansion of the well-established weekday train ride program for local school groups, California State Parks and the California State Railroad Museum are once again offering excursion train rides to the general public on 14 pre-determined Tuesdays in Spring 2015. Tuesday Train Rides are available on the following dates: Feb. 3, 10, 17 and […]

Story time with Dick Cable

“All Aboard for Story Time” with former News10 anchor and legendary local newscaster Dick Cable is on the California Railroad Museum’s Dinotrain at 11 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 19. This popular reading program, introduced in 2013 by California State Parks and the California State Railroad Museum, is offered on the first and […]

Railroad Museum needs volunteers

Fascinated by railroading history? Interested in working on a train? Enjoy working with visitors, children and school groups? California State Parks, the California State Railroad Museum and Old Sacramento State Historic Park (SHP) are now recruiting adults (18 or older) who are interested in volunteering to help communicate the West’s fascinating heritage of railroading and […]

Railroad Museum to debut exhibit

California State Parks and the California State Railroad Museum are proud to debut a visually-exciting new exhibit titled “Sculpture With a RE-Purpose: The Found Art of Ray Carrington” on Friday, Dec. 19. This is a “part two” follow-up exhibit to one that was first introduced at the Railroad Museum in 2013, displaying other creative works […]

Railroad Museum offers free rides for vets

To honor their service and celebrate the patriotic holiday, California State Parks and the California State Railroad Museum are proud to offer veterans and active military personnel with complimentary excursion train rides on the Sacramento Southern Railroad plus complimentary museum admission on Tuesday, Nov. 11. With patriotic music playing aboard the trains, veterans and active […]

Ride the ‘Spookomotive’ trains in Sac

All aboard for Halloween fun. The California State Parks and the California State Railroad Museum will once again offer engaging and entertaining rides aboard its popular “Spookomotive” train this fall season. “Spookomotive” trains operate hourly from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 25 and 26. Train ride guests are encouraged to dress up to […]

Railroad Museum offers a fun ‘History Happy Hour’

Let history make you happy. As part of the Thursday Night at the Museums extended summer hours program, the California State Railroad Museum is offering a special “History Happy Hour” on Thursday evening, July 24. The happy hour is from 6-8 p.m. and the trivia game begins at 7 p.m. Interested museum guests will enjoy wine, beer, […]

Have fun at ‘History Happy Hour’

Let history make you happy. As part of the “Thursday Night at the Museums” extended summer hours program, the Sacramento History Museum is offering its first-ever “History Happy Hour” on Thursday evening, June 26. Interested museum guests will enjoy wine, beer, soft drinks and light snacks in a pub-like setting while participating in a history-related […]

Smithsonian exhibition travels to Sacramento

California State Parks and the California State Railroad Museum are proud to be the first institution in California to debut a Smithsonian traveling exhibition titled “Journey Stories” on Saturday, June 21. With the use of compelling photographs, visual display panels, narrative text and more, the “Journey Stories” exhibition highlights how transportation and migration helped build […]

Special ‘Diesel Days’ activities on Father’s Day

On Father’s Day weekend, June 15, California State Parks and the California State Railroad Museum are offering very special “Diesel Days” activities with train rides on the Sacramento Southern Railroad featuring visually-exciting and gracefully-styled diesel locomotives. On Father’s Day Sunday, the rarely seen Southern Pacific road switcher No. 5208 will be on special display for […]

Railroad Museum to showcase photographs

As part of a special exhibition now on display, California State Parks and the California State Railroad Museum are proud to showcase the impressive award-winning photographs from the prestigious Center for Railroad Photography and Art’s 2013 John E. Gruber Creative Photography Awards Program. Nearly 100 photographers from all over the world submitted entries for this […]

Volunteers wanted to help recount history

Fascinated by railroading history? Interested in working on a train? Enjoy working with visitors, children and school groups? California State Parks, the California State Railroad Museum and Old Sacramento State Historic Park are now recruiting adults 18 or older who are interested in volunteering to help communicate the West’s fascinating heritage of railroading and the […]

Railroad and history museums open Thursdays

California State Parks, the California State Railroad Museum and the Sacramento History Museum, 101 I St. in Old Sacramento, are proud to offer extended summer hours on Thursday evenings as part of a special “Thursday Night at the Museums” program from May 29 through Aug. 28. Both museums located in Old Sacramento State Historic Park will stay open […]

Celebrate railroading on National Train Day

California State Parks and the California State Railroad Museum proudly join more than 200 communities across the nation with special National Train Day events planned for Saturday, May 10. To celebrate the seventh annual event, the Railroad Museum will offer a spectacular array of eye-catching locomotives along with a variety of hands-on activities, live entertainment, […]

Photo opportunities at Railroad Museum

Lights, camera, action. Back by popular demand, the California State Railroad Museum is proud to host a unique “Trains and Tripods Photo Opportunity and Lighting Seminar” on Friday, May 2 and Saturday, May 3 from 5:30-8:30 p.m. on Friday (photography seminar) and on 7-9:30 a.m. on Saturday (shooting workshop). The two-part program includes an optional seminar on […]

Museum presents ‘Diesel Days’

California State Parks and the California State Railroad Museum are proud to offer special “Diesel Days” one weekend each month — April through September — by operating two visually exciting and gracefully styled diesel locomotives as part of the popular weekend excursion train rides on the museum’s Sacramento Southern Railroad. These brightly painted diesels, Western […]

‘Grand Central: An American Treasure’ to premiere

California State Parks and the California State Railroad Museum are proud to announce the West Coast premiere of a new film, “Grand Central: An American Treasure,” by award-winning producer Richard Luckin. There will be two special screenings of this documentary — introduced by Luckin and followed by a question and answer session — on Saturday, […]

Living history at Railroad Museum

In celebration of President’s Day weekend, California State Parks and the California State Railroad Museum are proud to offer a special “Lincoln Living History Day” on Sunday, Feb. 16 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. To the delight of guests of all ages, a Living History character portraying President Abraham Lincoln — who signed the Pacific Railroad […]

Ride the rails on Tuesday

The California State Railroad Museum is now offering excursion train rides to the general public on 12 pre-determined Tuesdays in 2014. For 12 Tuesdays, weekday guests can delight in the sights, smells and sounds of an authentic, working locomotive as it rolls along the levees of the Sacramento River. Appealing to all ages, the experience […]

Railroad Museum calls out for volunteers

Fascinated by railroading history? Interested in working on a train? Enjoy working with visitors, children and school groups? California State Parks, the California State Railroad Museum and Old Sacramento State Historic Park (SHP) are now recruiting adults, 18 or older, who are interested in volunteering to help communicate the West’s fascinating heritage of railroading and […]

New exhibit at Railroad Museum

California State Parks and the California State Railroad Museum are proud to debut an all-new exhibit titled “California State Parks, 150 Years: A Gift from the People, to the People” on Saturday, Dec. 21. Timed to coincide with the 150th anniversary of California State Parks in 2014, the exhibit will feature compelling and diverse historic […]

Small trains ride into State Railroad Museum

California State Parks and the California State Railroad Museum have exciting plans to dazzle, delight and engage post-Thanksgiving visitors with a special “Small Train Holiday” on Friday, Nov. 29 and Saturday, Nov. 30. For this special two-day holiday extravaganza, the museum brings together a magical assortment of trains, hundreds of feet of track and an […]

Railroad Museum celebrates veterans

To honor their service and celebrate the patriotic holiday, California State Parks and the California State Railroad Museum are proud to offer veterans and active military personnel complimentary excursion train rides on the Sacramento Southern Railroad plus complimentary museum admission on Monday, Nov. 11. With patriotic music playing aboard the trains, veterans and active military […]

All aboard for ‘Ales on the Rails’

All aboard as California State Parks and the California State Railroad Museum celebrate the new fall season in rail-related style with a special, one-night-only “Ales on the Rails” brew sampling event. The second annual sunset train ride takes place on the Sacramento Southern Railroad on Saturday evening, Oct. 5, when adult passengers will have the […]

New exhibit showcases art at Railroad Museum

California State Parks and the California State Railroad Museum are proud to debut a powerful new exhibit titled “Double Exposure: Photography and the Transcontinental Railroad” on Saturday, Sept. 14. The exhibition examines the emergence of photography and the ways in which the Central Pacific and Union Pacific Railroads used the new medium during the construction […]

Railroad Museum to zoo shuttle rolls

Non-stop, roundtrip shuttle service is available to and from the California State Railroad Museum and the Sacramento Zoo now through August 25. Coordinated by the Sacramento Zoo, the 20-person bus will shuttle interested visitors back and forth between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays for an affordable $2 per person roundtrip. Children […]

Railroad Museum features diesels

California State Parks and the California State Railroad Museum are proud to present special “Diesel Days” one weekend each month — in July, August and September — by operating two visually-exciting and gracefully-styled diesel locomotives as part of the popular weekend excursion train rides on the Museum’s Sacramento Southern Railroad. These brightly painted diesels — […]

Ales on the Rails rolling into area

SACRAMENTO — All aboard as California State Parks and the California State Railroad Museum celebrate summer in rail-related style with a special, one-night-only “Ales on the Rails” brew sampling event. The second annual sunset train ride takes place on the Sacramento Southern Railroad on Saturday, June 8, when adult passengers will have the opportunity to […]

Military special at Railroad Museum

SACRAMENTO – The Sacramento History Museum announced its participation in Blue Star Museums, a collaboration among the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, the Department of Defense and more than 1,800 museums across America to offer free admission to all active duty military personnel and their families from Memorial Day through Labor Day. […]

Celebrate National Train Day

SACRAMENTO — On Saturday, May 11 Amtrak, California State Parks and the California State Railroad Museum will proudly celebrate the sixth annual National Train Day by offering free museum admission, tours of modern-day Amtrak California passenger cars and special rail-related activities inside and outside the museum. To add to the celebration and extend the fun, […]

Photographers invited to seminar

Back by popular demand, the California State Railroad Museum is proud to host a unique “Trains and Tripods Photo Opportunity and Lighting Seminar.” The two-part program includes an optional seminar on existing light photography and a photographers-only photo session inside the visually-enticing museum before it opens to the public for the day. Amateur photographers of […]

Railroad Museum debuts final phase of fruit crate art

SACRAMENTO — The California State Railroad Museum will debut the third and final phase of fruit crate art as part of a visually-powerful exhibit titled “Pick Me! A Bumper Crop from the Pacific Coast.” After focusing exclusively on California crate labels for the first two years, the third phase of this popular exhibit includes selections […]

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