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San Diego Automotive Museum

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Address: 2080 Pan American Plz, San Diego, CA 92101-1636
Phone Number: 619 231 2886
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Magnificent display of vintage automobiles and motorcycles including a 1927...

Magnificent display of vintage automobiles and motorcycles including a 1927 Bentley, 1931 Rolls Royce Phaeton and Steve McQueen's 1953 Allard.

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Quick stop and left talking about it for a long time

You can visit in an hour and feel exited by what you saw. Went here because my husband loves cars. Our feet were tired after Museum of Man but we pressed on. The "Stars" exhibit... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
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Key west
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Key west
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

You can visit in an hour and feel exited by what you saw. Went here because my husband loves cars. Our feet were tired after Museum of Man but we pressed on. The "Stars" exhibit was fun for all. The motorcycles were interesting. The serious collector cars had my husband. The true treat was talking to Mr. Dick Smith about... More 

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Lafayette, Louisiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The volunteers were very interesting to talk to and knew details on several cars that added to our visit. My husband enjoyed ( I did TOO) and would love to bring my grandchildren back to see this exhibit.

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San Francisco
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This place was small but packed with so many cool cars and motorcycles. There were cars we recognized from the Green Hornet, Starsky and Hutch, Herbie the Love Bug, Scooby Doo, Knight Rider. They had cars and motorcycles from every decade in the 20th century, from Model T's to a 1970s lamborghini. On display was one car I'd never heard... More 

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Hurst, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

The exhibit on display during our visit was the European automobiles. The tour was leisurely and very informative. You can spend as much or as little time as you want. Good facility and worth the time. Take advantage of the park passes if you plan to spend time in the area visiting several museums.

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Columbus, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We found a Groupon to attend and it was worth way more than the price of admission. There is a lot to read and experience. A real diamond in the rough type of museum.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

1st time going to any of the museums in Balboa Park. I took a nephew to this museum since he is into cars. It IS small, but decent. He really enjoyed the motorcycle exhibit. I enjoyed the Star Cars exhibit, short but nice.

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Alta Loma, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Well this was a pleasant surprise ! So much fun especially looking at the movie and TV Hero Cars that you grew up watching! Such variety of history cars and movie cars with a wonderful display of motorcycles too! No one was bored today! 😂

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Mount Juliet, Tennessee
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Me and a couple of buddies spent a great couple of hours at the museum!! Killer scooter display! Lots of great TV/Movie cars! We had a blast!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Wasn't expecting much and greatly surprised by this gem of a museum. Well worth the visit. Now if they'd of allowed me to drive away in that .....

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Nice little museum with some interesting exhibits, "Cars of the movies" were featured when we were there. Nicely laid out with some good information but no more than an hours interest at most, still definitely worth a visit if you have any kind of interest in cars.

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