Craftsmanship Museum

Craftsmanship Museum, Carlsbad: Hours, Address, Craftsmanship Museum Reviews: 5/5

Craftsmanship Museum
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9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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The museum features wood and metalworking craftsmanship at the small end of the size scale. Exhibits include running internal and external combustion engines, model ships, aircraft and autos, tools, clocks, jewelry, guns and dollhouses. Small Engines are run in our working machine shop each day at 10, 12 and 2 PM. Admission is free, and regular hours are Tuesday through Saturday 9 to 4. The museum is sponsored by the non-profit Joe Martin Foundation for Exceptional Craftsmanship and partially funded by Sherline Products Miniature Machine Tools.
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urbanguy
Richmond, VA4,325 contributions
I was very pleased to see that, currently, this is the #1 ranked "thing to do" in Carlsbad. If you're in the area, it's a "MUST."

There is something here for everyone, young and old, alike. Miniature merry-go-rounds that work, boats/ships, airplanes, cars, wooden "everything," engines, creations with matchsticks, doll houses, and even more. The engines work! The volunteers will turn on the engines for you. What these artisans have done with wood and metal is quite amazing.

A not of "warning:" they are only open several days a week. But, when they are, this amazing place is free!
Written May 9, 2022
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TooMuch2Do
Laguna Niguel, CA398 contributions
The Craftsmanship Museum houses dozens of miniature motors and models lovingly created by hobbyists. Docents can make some of them operate and answer any question you may have; sometimes they came by and offered interesting tidbits of information. Even if you are not into motors and machines, there are detailed write ups about the makers and their lives that I found fascinating. There is also a display of intricate miniatures in doll houses and scenes. Everything was in excellent working order, sparkling clean, and very well organized and documented. Well worth the price of admission (free) and one to two hours of your time.
Written January 15, 2022
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KHand
Tempe, AZ67 contributions
It was raining and we looked at Trip Advisor to find what to do on a rainy day. This museum was ranked #1 with five stars. It is a non-profit so they only request a donation.
We were amazed at what we found and were so delighted that we were able to visit this wonderful museum. They have all types of amazing works of craftsmanship in projects at the small end of the size scale. They have many types of engines for most modes of transportation, models of all types/models of vehicles, watches, toys, dollhouses, wood crafts, the Louis Chenot 1/6 scale Duesenberg, musical instruments and so much more.
We also attended a demonstration in the machine shop that they hold at 10AM, noon and 2PM each day. It was very well done and quite informative. Volunteers are located throughout the building to run certain displays and answer any questions you may have.
This was an incredible experience that you do not want to miss if you are in the area.
Written February 22, 2020
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Kkoleary
Scottsdale, AZ838 contributions
Couples
I found the docents to be very informative about the concept of the museum and how it came to be. The details of these small scale engines is incredible! I really enjoyed walking through seeing the cars and motors but found the planes to be the best part. I spent a little less than an hour.
Written February 26, 2020
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Sylvia
San Diego, CA44 contributions
This is a hidden gem located in an industrial park in Carlsbad. What you will see in miniature is truly a labor of love from craftsmen who are masters in their art. The works displayed here are just awesome and a definite "must see" .Entrance is free.
Written February 21, 2020
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Erik N
Kent, WA1 contribution
Couples
Terrific museum. Every kind of miniature machine and model, each one the product of hundreds hours of painstaking work. We had never seen anything quite like it. Friendly and knowledgeable docents are available to explain the history and workings of every piece. Modelers and machine lovers will especially love this museum, but everyone should appreciate the artistry and ingenuity of the craftsmen.
Written January 26, 2020
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FuzzyBeaver
Montreal, Canada1,142 contributions
We did not know exactly what to expect but were so glad we decided to check out this museum. It is definitely a hidden gem. The place is quite large and has so many intricate models which most of them work. It is amazing that people are able to make them. You absolutely need to visit.
Written February 27, 2020
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Cobenour
5 contributions
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Miss this this miniature museum with extra large fun! Not for little kids but great fun for everyone else. Guides are amazing be sure to stay for the demonstrations. No fee to enter just a donation
Written March 5, 2020
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TImbo
Saint Louis, MO25 contributions
Couples
My wife and I weren't sure when we pulled up to this museum (not that it's in a bad neighborhood or anything). We entered as the only guests and were greeted by two older gentlemen who were very friendly and knowledgable.
The best part for me was the individual demonstration of several tiny working engines. Anyone who enjoys mechanical things, esp. working engines would really like this.
I can honestly say that my wife found it interesting too!
Written March 20, 2014
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cnd324
Omaha, NE28 contributions
This free museum, staffed by friendly volunteers, is filled with intricate models and miniatures, including a room of amazing dollhouses, and an area with handmade interactive toys. We enjoyed our visit.
Written February 29, 2020
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  • Thu - Sat 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM