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Craftsmanship Museum

3190 Lionshead Avenue, Carlsbad, CA 92010
760-727-9492
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Ranked #2 of 21 Attractions in Carlsbad
Type: Museums
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Leduc AB Canada
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2014

I was so amazed at the perfection of all the plethora of works here. Amazing time and effort people have spent on these works.

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Redondo Beach, CA
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25 reviews 25 reviews
3 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014 via mobile

This fascinating, small museum showcases the skill and dedication of many talented model makers. The rigor of detail in these models is amazing. The docents are helpful and knowledgeable. From miniature engines to cars to dollhouses the craftsmanship is stunning. I knew I would like it and was delighted that my wife was as fascinated as I was. Free admission... More

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Southern California
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2014

Miniature mechanical operating mechanisms. Excellent docents - very well informed. Boring if you do not like mechanical things.

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Pasadena, California
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17 reviews 17 reviews
6 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014

We were totally overwhelmed with the collection, both the quality and the quantity. We arrived late in the day, just before closing, so had to hurray through the displays. In addition to all of the mechanical miniatures, we were especially surprised and delighted to find a model of the Cyclone Racer, the rollercoaster which I rode when I was a... More

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San Diego California
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17 reviews 17 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2014

We really enjoyed visiting this museum. My favorite thing was the fully working Duesenberg I think it's 1/26" scale, beautiful. Also the working model guns, some so small I don't know how you could load them. I had never seen a revolver that had a handle which made it into a shot gun (correct?). Anyway, the engineering of all the... More

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San Diego, California
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49 reviews 49 reviews
21 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

Wow I was invited here by some engineers friends for an after noon trip and tour. It was free be cause our group was over 15 people. I wished I had more time it was like being a kid allover again building models. However these were real working models of true cars, motors and guns. I wish i had the... More

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Carlsbad, CA
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

I took my 70 year-old uncle there and could not drag him away! A great place for guys, probably not so much for gals.

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Waterdown, Ontario, Canada
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39 reviews 39 reviews
16 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 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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34 reviews 34 reviews
9 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 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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47 reviews 47 reviews
13 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 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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