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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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Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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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Good morning activity

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 17, 2015
Theodore M
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Enola
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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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2015

What a cool little automotive museum! While it is small it is packed with really wonderful vehicles. The converted caddy is truly unique.

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Mission Viejo, California
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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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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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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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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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