Antique Gas & Steam Engine Museum

Antique Gas & Steam Engine Museum, Vista: Hours, Address, Antique Gas & Steam Engine Museum Reviews: 4/5

Antique Gas & Steam Engine Museum

Antique Gas & Steam Engine Museum
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10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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Open year round, this museum features exhibits such as historic gasoline-and-steam powered farming equipment.
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LAshmore12
Port Saint Lucie, FL75 contributions
Family
The museum was advertising Christmas lights, so we pack up the family for a visit. Upon arrival we rode the wagon and stopped at the kitchen for hot cocoa and cookies. We took photos with Santa, one of the kindest people you could ever meet. We then meandered our way back to the gift shop stopping to take pictures on the lighted bridge, the barn and in front of the many trucks tractors and vintage farm equipment. I believe we have a new holiday tradition.
Written December 6, 2020
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Tiare A
San Diego, CA286 contributions
In this hustle and bustle world of over the top stimulus, it was refreshing to happen upon a place where one can discover why necessity is truly the mother of invention. This place gives one faith that when the grid goes down, we'll still be ok. Leave time for just wandering the grounds discovering one magnificent machine after another. Be sure to check the schedule for exhibits, events, open times, etc.
Written January 11, 2020
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Terry P
Vista, CA4 contributions
Couples
I have been going to the steam engine museum for over 30 years. I haven't been there since 2012.
I was shocked about paying a "Parking" Fee $5.00. Supposed to be a donation, (No Receipt given) For admission they only take cash $9.50ea.! (Again No receipt given). I was really upset over this.
I will never go back there again. And I will spread this around.
Written June 28, 2015
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Kimjoy_Vista
Vista, CA40 contributions
If your child is obsessed with tractors and machines like my son, you might enjoy this place. My father also loved seeing all the antique models that he remembered from a rural childhood.

It is incredibly dusty and disorganized -- it's really just hundreds and hundreds of machines in sheds, fields, barns and shelter, scattered around willy-nilly. There is very little documentation or explanation -- there are hardly even labels on most things. So for non-fanatics, you wander around the dusty fields (or muddy fields, depending on the weather), wondering what you are looking at. Hard-core enthusiasts would enjoy the huge diversity and hunt-n-peck nature of the place, but for regular people, it's a bit overwhelming and confusing.

The people are incredibly nice, though, and the gift shop is very nice. The disorganized nature of the place can be nice for kids who want to get up close and touch (or climb!). There are no staff to chase you away and no "Do Not Touch" signs -- it's a hands-on sort of place.

Overall -- unique, strange, fun for kids who love dirt and machines, or older folks who love antiques. Go there and have fun exploring, but don't expect a "museum" and don't expect to learn much.
Written October 30, 2009
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Johon Z
Alexandria, VA224 contributions
Family
There is a very wide variety of gas and steam engines, tractors, wagons, cars, trucks and implements. They items are in a varying state of repair--some are mint, others are piles of rust. If you know your engines and tractors, you will love this place. If you just like to look and not read, this is the place for you. But if you like to look, read, and learn, you will be disappointed.

There are a number of hobbyist around that can offer information, but the limited staff there is of limited assistance.

Worth going just to see the engines and other crafts/hobbyists. Take your smart device and look up details on your own as you come across displays.
Written May 31, 2015
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jwalk77
Brea, CA96 contributions
Friends
Last week, we camped 5 days with 63 other LAZY DAZE Class C RVs in their big field; dry camping, a.k.a. boon docking. During our wagon ride tour, one of our members pointed at an ancient tractor saying, "That's my tractor". Years ago, he was member and volunteer; he "adopted" that Minn-Moline agri tractor, restored it and drove it during parades, etc.
Even in 5 days, none of us were able to see everything there is. Such a wide variety. Ladies enjoyed the Weaver's House and many relived younger days by riding the narrow gauge railroad.
Saturday afternoon, about 10 Bluegrass musicians jam at the band stand.
If you've never seen an adobe house, the Guajome allows you up close to see how many families lived on the frontier.
Many of us went to the Miniature Mechanical Museum about 10 minutes away. Indeed, there is an almost endless variety of nearby sites of interest. ++++
Written February 26, 2015
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Karin V
93 contributions
We met a Vista resident at a donut shop and he told us how wonderful the Antique Gas & Steam Engine Museum was. What we were not told was don't bother going during the week. All the activities, are closed during the week. No blacksmith, model railroad exhibit closed, textile museum closed. Learn how to drive a tractor closed. They were out of maps. So basically we walked around looking at very old tractors. Many so old they had weeds, etc. growing through them. It was only $5.00 to get in, but it is $5.00 on the weekend as well. I think it should be closed during the week or free.
Written November 14, 2019
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Mike J
3 contributions
Couples
Carefully planned a road trip so that my wife and I could stop and see this museum. In fact we skipped several other alternative stops for it. We get there and what do we find? "Closed due to rain"!!! ARE YOU KIDDING ME?! If you're gonna be a bunch of pansies, post that you're gonna be that way on your website so you don't waste our time.

In the old days, the people who worked on engines were of a sturdier caliber and didn't MELT when they got wet. Obviously, our civilization has declined substantially.
Written May 19, 2019
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Andrea O
Carlsbad, CA37 contributions
Friends
Beautiful day, go early it gets hot. Wear sunscreen and a hat. Most of this venue is outside. Craft vendors from near and far. We bought some unique one of kind textiles. Baby blankets and book marks made on a loom! In the very back of the property sits a newly constructed barn for the looms! Super cool to see a demonstration of how these artists create their pieces. There were many rock and mineral vendors too! Labordrite, a beautiful stone. Highly recommend.
Written April 21, 2019
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onetravelman
sacramento129 contributions
Couples
Wandering the expansive grounds is like a treasure hunt for some; and tedious for others. Lots of old stuff: equipment, buildings, and whatever you might imagine from farms, industry. Is it junk? you decide!
Written September 11, 2018
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  • Wed - Sun 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM