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Craftsmanship Museum

3190 Lionshead Avenue, Carlsbad, CA 92010
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Ranked #3 of 30 Attractions in Carlsbad
Type: Museums
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Waterdown, Ontario, Canada
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34 reviews 34 reviews
15 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

While in the Carlsbad, CA area, I decided to visit the Sherline Tool Factory (a must visit for any model engineering enthusiast, regardless of what equipment you use). While there, I was given a brochure for the "Miniature Engineering Craftsmanship Museum". It's free to the public, although support in the form of book sales or simple donations are appreciated, I'm... More

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Millersburg, Ohio
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33 reviews 33 reviews
9 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014

I found this museum via Trip Advisor and thought it would be a nice place to stop for my husband. Be sure to be there when the machinist gives a short tour of his area and projects. It is a very nice little museum and you can leave a donation if you wish. While there are lots of miniature displays... More

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Apache Junction, Arizona
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46 reviews 46 reviews
13 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

Some amazing construction - lots of engines, planes, ships, firearms, dollhouses, matchstick buildings. Docents were very helpful telling some of the stories of the items. Many of them have no explanation (or I'd have given this a 5!). Now we know what retired machinists/engineers do with their spare time. While most of the items are likely to appeal more to... More

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lakeside or
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10 reviews 10 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

Very interesting building full of miniature operating engines, tools and relics of the past. Wander about on your own or talk to the helpful people there. All at no charge or a donation, if you wish.

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Top Contributor
55 reviews 55 reviews
32 attraction reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2014

Lots of engines, models, tools, electronics. A handyman's dream. We were side tracked by some road construction and got to the museum late, but we were able to view all the exhibits, we just couldn't linger. The time there was brief but it was amazing to see all the work people do for fun or leisure. Would recommend wives take... More

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Cape Coral, Florida
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118 reviews 118 reviews
52 attraction reviews
72 helpful votes 72 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014

Incredible craftmanship on such a small scale! A little hard to find, off the beaten path, but so worth it. Both men and women will enjoy and appreciate these wonderful works.

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York, PA
5 reviews 5 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2014

This museum is filled with absolutely brilliant little, functional works of art! Those who are mechanically inclined will even enjoy it more. Free admission. It's very much worth considering a donation. Don't miss it!

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Saint Charles, Missouri
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2014 via mobile

My wife and I weren't sure when we pulled up to this museum (not that it's in a bad neighborhood or anything). We entered as the only guests and were greeted by two older gentlemen who were very friendly and knowledgable. The best part for me was the individual demonstration of several tiny working engines. Anyone who enjoys mechanical things,... More

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Los Angeles, California
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17 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2014

This is a fabulous museum set up by the Joe Martin Foundation for exceptional craftsmanship. It has on display many models of handmade miniature engines, planes, firearms, toys, doll houses and world landmarks such as the Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame to name just a few. Admission is free and it is definitely a must see.

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Laguna Hills, California
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4 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2014

wonderful place if you're guy is into cars, planes, trains, machinery... I liked the dollhouse exhibit. Take a magazine to read while the guys visit the machine shop!

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