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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 #150 of 502 things to do 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
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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Stone Cross
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86 reviews 86 reviews
39 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015 NEW

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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22 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
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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37 reviews 37 reviews
16 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
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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133 attraction reviews
127 helpful votes 127 helpful votes
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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128 reviews 128 reviews
29 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 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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54 attraction reviews
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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23 attraction reviews
73 helpful votes 73 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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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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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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