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San Diego Automotive Museum

Address: 2080 Pan American Plaza, San Diego, CA 92101 (Balboa Park)
Phone Number: 619 231 2886
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Ranked #111 of 216 Attractions in San Diego
Type: Specialty Museums, Museums
Owner description: Magnificent display of vintage automobiles and motorcycles including...
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Type: Specialty Museums, Museums
Hours:
Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Owner 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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Mission Viejo, California
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124 reviews 124 reviews
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34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2015

It's a pretty small museum and easy to see in less than 1 hour. the cars have signs in front of them to give their history.

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2015

The museum isn't large, but it still consumes a good hour if you're interested. The motorcycle collection is wonderful and interesting. My grandpa, a big fan of vintage cars, loved the presentation of information and vehicles. Definitely worth a stop.

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Boise, Idaho
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3 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2014

This museum is fun but small. Loved the old history behind some of the cars. If you are an old car enthusiast, it is a must see. Not bad price either.

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Cocoa Beach, Florida
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144 reviews 144 reviews
23 attraction reviews
72 helpful votes 72 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2014

This is basically one huge room filled with cars and motorcycles. Hubs likes that stuff, so he was entertained for about 45 minutes. I did really enjoy the Mattar car. It had video and the actual car of a pretty eccentric fellow who added a toilet and shower to his cadillac (as well as other things) in order to make... More 

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Texas
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40 reviews 40 reviews
9 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2014

Super museum if you love neat cars like we do. They had a show of "lead sleds" which was really cool. And the Fabulous Car that went across country without stopping is incredible.

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Florida
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128 attraction reviews
214 helpful votes 214 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2014

After learning of the Auto Museum on a trolley tour, four of us paid $8.50 adult and $6 senior to visit. We didn't realize that the museum sponsors new shows several times a year. The current show is Lead Sleds & Customs, "Art for the Road" This turned out to be a fascinating display of cars on loan from private... More 

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Los Angeles
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236 attraction reviews
160 helpful votes 160 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2014

I had limited interest in seeing the auto museum. but we purchased a Groupon for about half price because I thought the Lead Sled might be nice to see. It was good. There were a lot of beautiful refurbished cars and a brochure that explained how they tricked them out. The rest of the museum we had see before, but... More 

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Jacksonville, Florida
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22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2014

The museum is very small without many cars. The leadsled display was on exhibit the day I was there with about a dozen cars all nice 40's and 50's . They said the display changes ever 3 months. This took up close to half the cars displayed in the museum. They also have a group of motorcycles some early Indians... More 

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Edmonton
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42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2014

The exhibit I saw was led sleds. These cars are personal art forms. The exhibit appears to change every so often. It appears collectors bring their vehicles in for exhibit. I am grateful to see anything like this wherever I go. I appreciate what the volunteers do here.

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Tucson, Arizona, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014

We enjoyed seeing some of the older vehicles, not all were cars. The Lead Sleds exhibit was interesting with beautiful cars.

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