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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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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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So it seems that this museum might be hurting a little bit. It felt like it is barely hanging on. But if you enjoy seeing some great cars in person this museum is great. You get... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 6, 2015
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OC CA
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98 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

We got to this museum looking for a short activity before leaving SD and were positivelysurprised. It has a nice selection of old cars and motorcycles from the early 20th century all the way to the 70's, most beautifully restored. While I also enjoyed the technical stuff (e.g. a motorcycle with a drive shaft), my wife and son simply enjoyed... More 

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San Diego, California
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22 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

If you are a lover of classic and vintage automobiles then you will love The SD automotive Museum. My Brother and love old cars!! if you have a chance to see some of these beautiful cars they have at this museum stop in and check them out! Their is a beauty of a Cadillac , I think 1939. they also... More 

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Warwick, United Kingdom
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53 reviews
24 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2015

If you love 1950's style American cars then this is a must. Great interactive displays for kids and lots to look at for the petrol head adults !

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2015

So it seems that this museum might be hurting a little bit. It felt like it is barely hanging on. But if you enjoy seeing some great cars in person this museum is great. You get up close to some very unique vehicles. One of my favorites was the trophy truck from the 70's. Really it is just a big... More 

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New York City, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
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 9 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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