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The Miniature Engineering Craftsmanship Museum

Open Now: 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Open today: 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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Fun Destination -- but likely hard to hold interest for kids under 12

An amazing collection that will captivate (mature) gear heads and model makers. It is self-guided... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Washington State
Hidden gem

This place really is a hidden gem. It is a labor of love for someone and staffed by volunteers who... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Alexandra T
Murrieta, California
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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...more
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3190 Lionshead Ave, Carlsbad, CA 92010-4701
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Reviewed 4 days ago

An amazing collection that will captivate (mature) gear heads and model makers. It is self-guided so you have to be in a mindset to read and understand the scope of what you are seeing. Many amazing things -- an eclectic collection that represents tremendous devotion...More

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Reviewed 4 days ago

This place really is a hidden gem. It is a labor of love for someone and staffed by volunteers who really love what they do. We found out about it through Tripadvisor and I'm glad we visited. It is in a large room with a...More

Thank Alexandra T
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Those interested in mechanical parts and engineering minatures might find this interesting; some very highly skilled workmanship is displayed. All artifacts, with not much in the way of 'back stories'.

Thank onetravelman
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Heard about this from word of mouth. Sure glad someone told us about this place because we enjoyed it very much. Make sure you get into the tour and see some of the machinery in action.

Thank erameram
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

For anyone who has ever had a creative project, a visit to this museum is a stunning chance to see what can be done by some one with a real devotion to craftsmanship. There is almost nothing that is not represented and the detailed work...More

Thank rhco
Reviewed August 13, 2018

What an amazing find! Even those with a marginal interest in miniatures will be kept engaged by the variety of excellent specimens. Architectural models, cars, trains, planes, and a LOT of historical models. I'm sure there is a lot there for the geekiest, but kids...More

Thank pslowik
Reviewed July 29, 2018

A surprise and well-worth the time. Such a fun place to see planes, trains, cars, boats, guns and other machinery in miniature scale. The doll house room was exceptionally amusing and complete with every detail, furniture and accessory. I loved finding and counting the cats...More

Thank 10ccasionalTraveler
Reviewed July 28, 2018

There is something about mechanical things and the precision of thing that work. This museum is a must-see for those interested in mighty machines. What blows you away is that some highly technical, mathematical people built scale models of larger machines. And, these creations actually...More

Thank Marian V
Reviewed July 10, 2018 via mobile

Really cool....even my wife and and 20 year old daughter found gems of wonder here... Volunteers were great also!

Thank larncec
Reviewed July 10, 2018

It's certainly with irony that a museum of tiny stuff is easy to miss. Located in an industrial park, it's not a place one would drive past without the intention to find this place. This fantastic museum features a variety of world records for tiny,...More

Thank Thomas G
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