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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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Terrific find

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 15, 2015
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Carlsbad, California
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Carlsbad, California
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29 reviews 29 reviews
11 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015 NEW

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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86 reviews 86 reviews
16 attraction reviews
85 helpful votes 85 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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22 reviews 22 reviews
10 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 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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Morro Bay, California
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79 reviews 79 reviews
20 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2015

I was quite impressed with this museum. Very interesting stuff inside. When you are in the area make sure you take time to go check it out. One of a kind museum.

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14 reviews 14 reviews
5 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
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
29 helpful votes 29 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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9 reviews 9 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
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
24 helpful votes 24 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
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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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Holtville, California
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41 reviews 41 reviews
11 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 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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