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San Diego Automotive Museum

Neighborhood: Balboa Park
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Address: 2080 Pan American Plaza, San Diego, CA 92101
Phone Number: 619 231 2886
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10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Description: Magnificent display of vintage automobiles and motorcycles including a...
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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Nice collection

Nice collection of cars ranging from the Back to the Future Delorean to old antiques and cars from defunct auto manufacturers. Also a collection of motorcycles including some... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 23, 2015
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New York City, New York

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New York City, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015

Nice collection of cars ranging from the Back to the Future Delorean to old antiques and cars from defunct auto manufacturers. Also a collection of motorcycles including some Indians. Not a large museum, but an interesting collection nevertheless.

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

This was part of our Go San Diego card. If it wasn't for that, we probably wouldn't have gone. It was just a big room full of cars. Nothing spectacular. It smelled like mildew and was very musty. I am glad I didn't pay for thus museum.

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West Covina, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

We visited in early June 2015. The museum had an exhibit of World War II vehicles from Jeeps to motorcycles, both American and German. But it was more than vehicles, it also included memorabilia from the war years on the home front. There were examples of ration books and V-mail, and ads depicting how car companies and other manufacturers were... More 

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Saint Petersburg, Florida, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2015

Cars, motorcycles, and a library....Great selection of unique vintage cars....Motorcycle exhibit was extensive too...My 5year old grandson had a wonderful time.....One of the gentlemen in the library made small wooden cars as a hobby and he let my grandson choose one to take home and it was free!...Very thoughtful man and my grandson was super happy....

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Lynbrook, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2015

This museum is extreamly reasonable and they change their cars too from what i see. It is a nice way to spend an hour or two. Very informative and lots of information on auto production during ww2. Check it out

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Enola
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015

Nice layout-friendly people-military discount. Visit the library great prices on used books and automotive magazines. Right next to the Air and Space museum. Free parking. Great sandwiches available inside the sports museum. Small but you can get close to vehicles. Interesting stories. Kids

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015

This place is totally wheelchair accessible. If you are interested in old cars and motorcycles you will like this place. It is quite expensive to go in though.

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Pevensey, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015

As car nut I just have to visit any display of cars no matter now big or small. The exhibit is small in size but BIG on quality. Being British I also liked the display of British Motorcycles and the willingness of the curators to engage in conversation about what is obviously their passion. The only pity is that they... More 

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Temecula, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015 via mobile

First car museum we've been to so nothing to compare it to. Having said that, we enjoyed ourselves. Not an exhaustive collection, but a nice representation of cars & motorcycles of the past. As with the adjacent Air Museum, the facility is small enough to allow for a nice experience but still allow time to visit something else that other... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2015

I was very disappointed with this museum. I knew it was small but it really wasn't filled with that many older cars that have some type of history relating to the automotive industry. No hot rods, no 1955-1975 cars. They had a lot of customs and chopped cars which is not what we were looking for. May need to be... More 

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Additional Information about San Diego Automotive Museum

Address: 2080 Pan American Plaza, San Diego, CA 92101
Phone Number: 619 231 2886
Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Diego>  > Balboa Park
Open Hours:
Sunday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Monday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tuesday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wednesday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Friday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

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