Art Musems and Educational Exhibitions in LA, at Fairplex Pomona

Do your kids love to learn? The Pomona Fairplex, home of the LA County Fair, is home base to numerous educational and fun museum attractions for kids of all ages in Southern California. Rail Giants Train Museum: This exciting attraction is open almost every day the public, and features roarin steam machines! These locomotives are nothing to ignore, the biggest being the “Big Boy 4014”, weighing at a whopping 1,200,00,000 pounds! These Big Boy steam locomotives are are piece of history, having a huge part in World War II transporting essential military equipment all over the country. Dig up the past by visiting the Train and Locomotive Historical Society, the oldest in all North America, founded way back in 1921. The Garden Rail Road: Spanning 10,000 square feet, this miniature landscape is nothing to balk at. The majority of these operating little trains were built by high school students, showing off their ultimate craftsmanship skill. Besides being a model for trains and the railroad system, this display also has landscape that models California from the 1850s, perfect for California history buffs. Millard Sheets Art Center: The Millard Sheets Art Center is an educational treasure trove for young minds in need of cultural development. This local art center brings an understanding and appreciation to the community, the ideal investment of time for a highschool and middle school student. The local art culture and educational impact at the Fairplex has been enhancing young minds for years, and all in one convenient location.

NHRA Motorsports Museum

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The NHRA Motorsports Museum presented by Automobile Club of Southern California, located in Building 3A just inside Fairplex Gate 1, off of McKinley Ave. is open to the public all-year long.

Museum hours are: Wednesday through Sunday 10 a.m. To 5 p.m. Extended hours and special admission during the Mello Yello Drag Races and other automotive specific events held at Fairplex.

For more information, call (909) 622-2133 or visit the website for more information.

RailGiants Train Museum

Rail Giants Train Museum at Fairplex Rail Giants Train Museum at Fairplex

Open free during second Saturday & Sunday of each month, except on Mother’s Day.

We are also open every day of The Los Angeles County Fair, at no additional charge!

See the Union Pacific Centennial DD40X diesel-powered locomotive, which measures nearly 100 feet in length, and weights over a half million pounds. The museum’s complete historical collection also includes:

  • The original Arcadia Train Station built in 1887, which was moved to Fairplex in 1969.
  • Four mainline railroad giant steam locomotives, which are the only survivors today in their respective classes.
  • Three smaller steam locomotives, including one built in 1887 used in the Los Angeles Harbor for a record 68 years of service.
  • A Pullman private passenger car, caboose, and a racehorse car.

The museum is open free of charge to the general public the second Saturday weekend of each month, by entering at Fairplex Gate #1 on McKinley Ave. Tours and events for special groups are often accommodated by advance request. The museum is located near the Yellow Gate entrance during The Los Angeles County Fair. Information (909) 623-0190, or visit

Fairplex Garden Railroad

Second Sunday of each month, November - July, 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.

The popular G-gauge outdoor miniature railroad is located near the Fairplex Grandstand. The trains journey through various eras of California history from the mid-1800s through the years.

Up to 23 different trains can operate at the same time over 8,000 feet of track on nearly an acre of landscape. This is the oldest and largest public operating garden railroad in the United States.

The exhibit is open free of charge to the general public the second Sunday of each month. Located near Gate 1 on McKinley Ave. For more Information visit

Millard Sheets Art Center

Through our exhibitions, educational programs, events, and workshops, the Millard Sheets Art Center provides the community with meaningful experiences within the world of visual arts. As part of The Learning Centers at Fairplex, we engage the community at multiple levels of education and our exhibitions promote the rich and diverse cultures that lie within LA County and Southern California.

Visit Millard Sheets Art Center Website