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San Diego Automotive Museum

2080 Pan American Plaza, San Diego, CA 92101 (Balboa Park)
619 231 2886
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Ranked #112 of 231 Attractions in San Diego
Type: Specialty Museums
Description: Magnificent display of vintage automobiles and motorcycles including a 1927 Bentley, 1931 Rolls Royce Phaeton and Steve McQueen's 1953 Allard.
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Tarpon Springs, Florida
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28 reviews 28 reviews
16 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014 NEW

Well it was only $8, less if you had the Groupon but it was really a very poor museum. One large open air room with a minimal amount of vehicle displays. Best part were the vintage motorcycles. Even as a car enthusiast, it was really not much. There are too many other museums there to select this one.

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Houston, Texas
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61 reviews 61 reviews
57 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014 via mobile

Museum was a little small....but nicely displayed with some great looking vintage cars and bikes. Overall it was an okay way to spend 8 dollars.

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Salem, Illinois
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46 reviews 46 reviews
23 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014

Nice stop to visit. Good price. Pick up brochure for a one dollar off coupon. Cool cars to see. One hour visit is plenty of time.

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Las Cruces, New Mexico
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52 reviews 52 reviews
13 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

This museum is not exactly large, but does offer a nice collection of vintage cars and motorcycles. A few of our favorite displays were the American muscle cars and the video about the first floating highways through the Arizona desert. I wouldn't necessarily recommend the museum for children, but any car enthusiast would probably appreciate a look.

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New York
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195 reviews 195 reviews
33 attraction reviews
89 helpful votes 89 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

Stopped in here when I was in Balboa Park, and I could take it or leave it. They had an excellent collection of American muscle cars and a smattering of other vehicles. Still, I only spent 30 minutes there and wasn't all that entertained. Gift shop was bizarre; they had a small collection of books, some wildly overpriced die-cast models... More

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6 reviews 6 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2014

My partner back at home is an avid automobile lover so I intentionally visited this museum to pick up a gift for him. The gift store was so empty and disappointing. It was like they had twice the room than merchandise and dusty books spread out. The actual museum was small and okay. A would have liked more background to... More

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Stockton, California
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56 reviews 56 reviews
29 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2014

I love car museums and all types of cars but this one is very small, this is for me a one time only place nice cars and bikes but it is small, nice to see once

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San Diego, California
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21 reviews 21 reviews
7 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2014

I took my brother and father in law since they are big car guys. It is a small museum but the displays were nice and the staff there is amazing. My father in law had a question about a car he is restoring and they went above and beyond to help him.

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Rockville, Maryland
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47 reviews 47 reviews
18 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2014

The San Diego Automotive Museum is a small but historically significant car and motorcycle museum in the Balboa Park Museum district. It is adjacent to the city's air and space museum, which makes it easily accessible on a one-day trip. The museum's permanent collection is small, highlighting Harley Davidson and Indian brand motorcycles with some foreign makes too. A number... More

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Saint Paul, Minnesota
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166 attraction reviews
198 helpful votes 198 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2014

I was surprised at how small this museum was, and that some of the cars (muscle cars, mainly) seemed to be modified a bit (wheels, mainly). But, overall it was worth the $8.50. I spent probably under an hour here and I was just expecting to be blown away, but unfortunately, I wasn't.

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