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Craftsmanship Museum

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Address: 3190 Lionshead Ave, Carlsbad, CA 92010-4701
Phone Number: +1 760-727-9492
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The museum features wood and metalworking craftsmanship at the small end of...

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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The museum is very easy to find and has free admission. Hard to describe the quality of craftsmanship that went into some of these models. Saying they are models doesn't do... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 5 weeks ago
Randal H
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Rogers, AR

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Rogers, AR
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

The museum is very easy to find and has free admission. Hard to describe the quality of craftsmanship that went into some of these models. Saying they are models doesn't do them justice. They should be described as exact duplicates on a smaller scale. The mostly volunteer staff are very pleasant and knowledgeable. Especially enjoyed the demonstrations provided by their... More 

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Morristown, TN
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2016

Off we went to find the Craftsman Museum and had no clue what we would find! Well we found a gem! Everything in miniature! From internal combustion engines to motors to boats to trains to car parts to dollhouses to toothpick designs to just about everything! Thought we would be here an hour.....well 2 hours later we had looked at... More 

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Scottsdale, Arizona
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 167 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2016

Seeing such detail on the tiny display pieces is amazing. We really enjoyed it, but there are so many items on display we were starting to get a little tired of it and ready to leave. They announced there would be a talk about engines in the machine workshop so we decided to stay for that. The gentleman giving the... More 

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Salida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 79 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2016

This museum is mind blowing!!! To see such fine craftsmanship all under one roof is truly amazing! On our visit our friend Greg, looked in amazement at a display of an Erector Set with words written on it in crayon saying, "This is Greg's and nobody can play with this set accept him!" and he realized it was his erector... More 

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Encino
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2016

I was astounded by the craftsmanship of many of the items on display. To see machines so miniscule that can run was unbelievable. This is a free museum and they do ask for donations. If you give them $10.00, you can get a CD of the items in the museum....definitely worth it. I took plenty of photos, but there are... More 

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Rancho Mirage
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2016

Models, moving and still, all kinds of machines, even doll houses. Whatever people can dream up has been made. The detail in some of these pieces is unbelievable. The staff is friendly and knowledgeable.

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philadelphia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2016 via mobile

We made a stop here based on other reviews and we were so glad we did! It is a great museum with lots of miniatures, dollhouses and models to look at. We were lucky enough to be there for the demonstration of engines and that added to the enjoyment. An undiscovered gem that everyone should visit.

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Thank bookishbarb
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3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2016 via mobile

Wow. This was quite a collection of all kinds of unique and interesting hand created functioning models of engines and other mechanical things. Simply mind blowing.

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Vancouver, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2016

A rare opportunity and great joy to be able to share with our kids this level of awe-inspiring craftsmanship and what stunning intricacy can be achieved with gifted hands, passion for excellence, and thousands of hours of work. This immaculate museum houses an amazing collection that we were honoured to view. Thanks to the friendly, knowledgeable volunteers, who are passionate... More 

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Harbert, Michigan
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2016

Plan to spend time watching the demos, asking questions, and remembering everything you ever learned about steam engines, model building, and why you loved science when you were a kid. Also, a supreme, possibly even better destination for the career engineer, scientist, hobbyist. You will love the exhibits, be captivated by the charm and enthusiasm of the docents.

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