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Craftsmanship Museum

Address: 3190 Lionshead Avenue, Carlsbad, CA 92010
Phone Number: +1 760-727-9492
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Ranked #9 of 57 things to do in Carlsbad
Type: Museums
Owner description: The museum features wood and metalworking craftsmanship at the small end of the size scale...
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Type: Museums
Owner description: The museum features wood and metalworking craftsmanship at the small end of the size scale. Exhibits include running internal and external combustion engines, model ships, aircraft and autos, tools, clocks, jewelry, guns and dollhouses. Small Engines are run in our working machine shop each day at 10, 12 and 2 PM. Admission is free, and regular hours are Tuesday through Saturday 9 to 4. The museum is sponsored by the non-profit Joe Martin Foundation for Exceptional Craftsmanship and partially funded by Sherline Products Miniature Machine Tools.

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13 reviews 13 reviews
4 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

My kids and I spent a couple hours checking out all the models in this museum - we even got to go in the back for a tour of some of engines they are working on. Great way to see some amazing models and spend a fun afternoon.

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Encinitas, California
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114 reviews 114 reviews
58 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2015

From miniature firearms and engines, to doll houses, to anything that is built of whatever you can think of, this place has it. You get to see how items are crafted. Great curators. Demonstrations of actual miniature engines and tooling from scratch. Fascinating.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2015 via mobile

hubby & I spent about 2 hours, he's an engineer and woodworker. Lots of miniature engines that work. Excellent place to take kids to learn about science & physics. Staff were VERY passionate, helpful & interesting. Great way to spend an afternoon in a non-tourist kind of way.

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Daly City, California
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63 reviews 63 reviews
13 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2015

Wonderful miniatures of all kinds, but particularly great miniature engines. There are tours of the workshop a few times a day, with great docents (some of whom have built some exhibits). Well laid out, easy to see everything, and lots of things to see.

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San Diego, California
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2014

Hidden away in an industrial park location east of the Palomar Airport exit, this speciality collection of miniature working engines celebrates the craftsmen (and a few craftswomen) who have produced these unique pieces. In addition to engines, there are remarkable tiny dueling pistols and rifles that really fire, models of iconic structures and doll houses that would rate a high... More 

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EL CENTRO
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41 reviews 41 reviews
11 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2014

This place is close to the Grand Pacific Palisades Hotel and was an excellent find for the family to enjoy while we were staying there. Lots of things to see and explore. Models of just about everything.

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Leduc AB Canada
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10 reviews 10 reviews
5 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
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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32 reviews 32 reviews
11 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 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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