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Craftsmanship Museum

Address: 3190 Lionshead Avenue, Carlsbad, CA 92010
Phone Number: +1 760-727-9492
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Ranked #4 of 24 Attractions 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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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2015 NEW 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
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2015 NEW

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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38 reviews 38 reviews
10 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 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
3 helpful votes 3 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
9 helpful votes 9 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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22 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 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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