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The Miniature Engineering Craftsmanship Museum

3190 Lionshead Ave, Carlsbad, CA 92010-4701
+1 760-727-9492
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Loved this place!

Such a cool museum. My husband, my daughter, and I visited this museum, and spent a few hours... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Cyndy Y
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Incredible displays of craftsmanship!

Toured this museum (admission is free, donations are accepted) with my wife, Brother-in-law and his... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
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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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3190 Lionshead Ave, Carlsbad, CA 92010-4701
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Such a cool museum. My husband, my daughter, and I visited this museum, and spent a few hours there. There is so much to look at! We thoroughly enjoyed it, and sent my mechanical engineer dad the following day. He loved it also!

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Toured this museum (admission is free, donations are accepted) with my wife, Brother-in-law and his wife. We all found something that fascinated us from miniature firearms to dollhouses and everything in between. Dave in the machine shop gave an amazing demonstration of different working miniature...More

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Reviewed May 2, 2018

If you enjoy seeing beautiful workmanship and model building elevated to an art form, this small museum should be on your list of places to visit. As the name suggests, the craftsmanship and creativity on display here are remarkable. The staff and volunteers are very...More

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Reviewed April 6, 2018

Wow! Gain a new appreciation of machining parts to create all kinds of engines and gadgets. A 501c3 nonprofit staffed by volunteers, it showcases all kinds of scale models. Some will like the engines, others will marvel at the dollhouses. The volunteers are passionate about...More

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Reviewed April 5, 2018 via mobile

This place was awesome, I would highly recommend a visit. I had low expectations from a free museum but the staff and content here was worth the stop.

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Reviewed March 27, 2018 via mobile

Free to enter. Not huge but full of interesting small pieces of terrific engineering. Great for all ages. Definitely for all ages. Has small play area for kids and adults alike.

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Reviewed March 12, 2018

Great small (but not tiny) museum tucked away in Industrial buildings. Its inland Carlsbad near Bressi Ranch. Fascinating to me and sons and Grandsons. Anyone who appreciates engineering and making precision working models to scale will totally appreciate this. Some of the models take your...More

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Reviewed March 9, 2018

We were visiting friends that have lived in the area 30 plus years and had near been to this place. I found it on trip advisor and we all agree it was worth a visit. It’s a very educational place to visit for all ages...More

Thank Dale D
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Reviewed March 5, 2018

This is a very cool place! If you like model planes, trains and cars. Very interesting place for model lovers. Adults and kids will like it alot.

Thank Peter V
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Reviewed March 3, 2018

This is an amazing museum! The collection includes working miniatures of all sorts. They are hand-crafted. I especially liked the tiny guns. Some were just a bit over an inch long. My husband was intrigued by the various engines. The docents were friendly and knowledgeable...More

Thank Dianna A
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