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Craftsmanship Museum

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Address: 3190 Lionshead Avenue, Carlsbad, CA 92010
Phone Number: +1 760-727-9492
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Description: The museum features wood and metalworking craftsmanship at the small end...
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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They don't make them like they used to!

There's a great sign near the entrance of the museum that reads: “A man who works with his hands is a laborer; a man who works with his hands and his brain is a craftsman; but a... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 25, 2015
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San Diego, California
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48 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015

There's a great sign near the entrance of the museum that reads: “A man who works with his hands is a laborer; a man who works with his hands and his brain is a craftsman; but a man who works with his hands and his brain and his heart is an artist.” There is a lot of artistry on display... More 

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carlsbad
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

Just visited last week. Very interesting place. Go for the machine demo-it's great. Only takes about and hour to hour and half but worth it.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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17 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015

Went to Carlsbad to attend a wedding and was looking for something to do before the wedding, so we went to this museum. It was a delightful find. It is incredible what people can make in small scale. The time and effort that goes into those pieces is remarkable. My wife and our friends found this to be a wonderful... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2015

Im a gearhead and my dad and I really enjoyed it! The ladies didnt get into it so much. The staff was great!

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Cardiff
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 292 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2015

It began as an online display which is still avbailable 24 hrs a day via the link above and is now supported as a non-profit by donations. Viewing the miniature, scale model items that were handmade and operational was a gr8 reminder of human creativity. This space houses a wide variety of miniature creations from around the world with over... More 

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Scottsdale, Arizona
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2015

The staff at this museum are very helpful and love their jobs. All kinds of models and miniature engines made by talented people who have a real love of engineering. This space is well put together and makes enjoying the experience easy for everyone.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2015

If you love models, real working. This is for you. Beautiful work and lovely docents. Take your time to really take in all of the detail put into these machines.

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Carlsbad, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015

This little museum is a little off the beaten path but well worth the effort to find it. It is free, but donations are accepted and after you've visited, you will want to leave a donation to help keep it going. It's all about all kinds of working engines in miniature delicately and passionately forged and replicated. Men, women and... More 

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San Francisco
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 94 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015

This hidden gem is a mind boggle and truly requires more than one or two visits. The amount of human time and energy spent turning mechanical dreams into reality is what made America a world leader. We just don't see this type of technical innovation and dedication any longer. I am proud to recognize the great minds contained within this... More 

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Quogue, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2015

Lots of different types of models,planes,trains,boats etc-Even architectural gems made of matchsticks-Dont miss the tour of the back area

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Address: 3190 Lionshead Avenue, Carlsbad, CA 92010
Phone Number: +1 760-727-9492
Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Carlsbad

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