San Diego Model Railroad Museum

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Share your love for fun and adventure with visitors at the San Diego Model Railroad Museum! We offer training, flexible hours, and discounted tickets to special events at our museum.


Interested in one of the volunteer opportunites? Email Alyssa at to learn how you can join our volunteer team!


Centennial Railroad Garden Docent

The San Diego Model Railroad Museum is excited to announce an opportunity to join our Weekend Garden Docent program. The Centennial Railroad Garden is a highlight of the museum, combining a love for Balboa park, model railroading and gardening. We are looking for volunteers to help run the trains, tend to the garden and help ensure our guests enjoy their experience. As the 4th most visited museum in the park, we need volunteers to help keep this popular attraction open for the public.


Our Weekend Garden Docents are in charge of cleaning the wheels and tracks of our custom models, watering the garden and helping with any guest questions. This is a perfect opportunity for anyone with an interest in history, model trains or gardening.


The volunteer shift is 7 hours Saturday and Sunday, each weekend of the month. We can schedule you for as many or as few shifts as available.


No experience necessary, training provided.


The San Diego Model Railroad Museum is hosting the Ales, Rails, and Ugly Christmas Sweaters event on Friday, December 14th from 6pm to 9pm. This is a fundraising event with a serious aim to fund our unique exhibits, public programs, and the overall operations of our wonderful museum.


We are seeking volunteers to help assist us with the following positions during our annual fundraising event:


Check-in Volunteers

Entrance Usher Volunteers

Activity Volunteers

Raffle Volunteers

Food Table/Running Volunteers

Greeter/Floater Volunteers

Garden Railroad Exhibit Volunteers

Ales N' Rails

Volunteer at the San Diego Model Railroad Museum