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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 #126 of 235 Attractions in San Diego
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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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Niagara Falls, Canada
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117 reviews 117 reviews
18 attraction reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014 NEW

Reasonable entry fee of $8, lots of vintage cars. Some of the newer cars are also on display. One as narrow as a motorcycle, with one seat behind the other. Also a good collection of motorcycles throughout the years.

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Piperton, United States
11 reviews 11 reviews
3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014 NEW

Unless you really like old cars, it's probably not worth the money. Hubby seemed to enjoy more so than I did haha!

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Yorba Linda
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25 reviews 25 reviews
9 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014

Really hate to give a low rating review but I was a bit disappointed with this museum. We visited this museum while visiting Balboa Park. After all the years of visiting this park, we never made it into this car museum until now. Like most of the other reviewers, I felt this place had little to offer in its overall... More

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26 reviews 26 reviews
11 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014

It is very interesting especially for the guys. The kids were bored. There are a lot of vehicles in this building some that I had never heard of or seen.

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Tarpon Springs, Florida
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28 reviews 28 reviews
16 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014

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
16 helpful votes 16 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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