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Craftsmanship Museum

3190 Lionshead Avenue, Carlsbad, CA 92010
760-727-9492
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Ranked #3 of 30 attractions in Carlsbad
Type: Museums
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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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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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
51 reviews 51 reviews
30 attraction reviews
42 helpful votes 42 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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119 reviews 119 reviews
53 attraction reviews
75 helpful votes 75 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
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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
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
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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40 reviews 40 reviews
17 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 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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Des Moines, Iowa
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53 reviews 53 reviews
27 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2014

We learned about this museum on TripAdvisor and are so glad we did. It is amazing. These are not just models which replicate something real, these are miniatures which means that they work like the original. The cars have dipsticks which actually measure the oil, the outboard motors actually run and can power a boat, the tiny pistons all move,... More

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Santa Barbara, California
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61 reviews 61 reviews
13 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2014

Miniature Engineering Craftsmanship Museum was absolutely incredible with models of cars, planes, boats and trains. From fully functional engines in miniature to amazing matchstick constructions to miniature firearms. Wonderful docents ready willing and able to give explanations and show many of these exhibits actually working. We'll come back her again and one of the best features is that it's free!!

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