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Railroad & Ferry Depot Museum

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Address: 1920 Paradise Dr, Tiburon, CA 94920-1954
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+1 415-435-1853
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
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Best Railroad Museum on the West Coast!

What a gem of a museum. Situated on a beautiful walking path easy to get to from the town of Tiburon (6 minute walk from Main Street), the Railroad Ferry and Depot Museum is a... read more

Reviewed 14 March 2017
Boston, Massachusetts
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Boston, Massachusetts
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Reviewed 14 March 2017

What a gem of a museum. Situated on a beautiful walking path easy to get to from the town of Tiburon (6 minute walk from Main Street), the Railroad Ferry and Depot Museum is a blast into the past when you walk in. A fabulous large model (of the town when the train ran through it to the Bay and... More 

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Tiburon, California
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Reviewed 14 March 2017

Tiburon is the most unlikely place to find a great railroad museum. But I was amazed to find it on the waterfront about five minutes walk from the Tiburon ferry. The museum is housed in the last remaining building of what was once a sprawling rail yard -- the largest in northern California from the1870's until the mid 1960's. The... More 

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Belvedere Tiburon
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4 reviews
Reviewed 24 February 2017

This is a delightful, authentic, local museum with volunteer docents that are passionate about sharing their love of local history. Scale model of Tiburon is Amazing!!!

Thank Piper B
United States
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Reviewed 22 September 2016 via mobile

I liked this place. Super nice and have great views. Perfect place to bring dog for walk too. Relaxing and enjoying the sun and beautiful views at the same time

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Swansea, United Kingdom
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22 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 September 2016

I recently reviewed the SFMOMO.This is tiny in comparison but better!At least it knows what its there for.If you visit Tiburon by ferry from SF for a day out this little museum is worth the time.Original artefacts and nice and well informed volunteer staff.Its free but I made a donation but no pressure to contribute if you don't want to.... More 

Thank Alan H
Newark, California
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Reviewed 12 September 2016

We spent a few hours at the wharf and the museum park. Tiburon is a really nice place to go visit. While you can see the San Francisco city skyline, it feels like a thousand miles away. There are nice shops and restaurants scattered through the city and everything is walkable. We had a good time visiting the city and... More 

Thank Michael P
Fair Oaks, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 110 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 August 2016

This is my favorite type of museum, in situ and with a docent who knows everything about everything in the museum, plus a model train setup of the actual location. Plus it overlooks the Bay! We showed up because after Angel Island, we noticed a small gray house and were intrigued. Come to find out it was the museum. It's... More 

Thank kcdenman
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Reviewed 9 June 2016

I was very impressed with this Tiburon Museum! I was worried my kids would not be as interested in the railroad museum, however they ended up really enjoying it. They were engaged as they examined the models and watched the tiny trains move through the small buildings. The history of Tiburon and Belvedere is fascinating and the Museum takes a... More 

Thank Laura C
Vancouver, Canada
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Reviewed 6 May 2016

My boys and I walked along the bike path and noticed the museum less than 200 yards from the ferry plaza. Real easy to access and we were delighted with what we saw. Personally, I was amazed at how much the sleepy rail town had grown into a beautiful destination point. The kids loved to watch the head docent move... More 

Thank Frenchpope101
Mazatlan, Mexico
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 January 2016

This little museum is like a time machine, transporting you into a time when Tiburon was the terminus for the Northwest Pacific Railroad. The highlight is the working scale model of the Town of Tiburon in the 1930s with working model trains. The level of detail and historical accuracy is amazing. Even as a resident of Tiburon, it pays to... More 

Thank Michael P

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