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San Diego Automotive Museum

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Address: 2080 Pan American Plz, San Diego, CA 92101-1636
Phone Number: +1 619-231-2886
10:00 am - 4:30 pm
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Tue - Sun 10:00 am - 4:30 pm

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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Good but small auto museum.

We went here to look at the station wagon exhibit. The venue is small but there are a variety of vehicles-motorbikes, cars, and trucks. The staff are helpful and the admission... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 weeks ago
Long Beach, California
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Murrieta, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 128 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The San Diego Automotive Museum is in Balboa Park, so there is a lot of free parking available. The special exhibit was about station wagons. There were old commercials from the 50's about the newest and latest do-it-all car, and quite a few examples of station wagons through the decades. There is also a motorcycle display and a wonderful display... More 

Thank Alexandra T
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The collection on display is pretty small but nevertheless still awesome! If you're a car enthusiast you will enjoy killing sometime here looking at the current collection on display. If youre looking for something huge and outrageous this isn't it, its more of a quality over quantity kind of deal. The staff was pretty nice, and informative the only thing... More 

Thank Omar N
Long Beach, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We went here to look at the station wagon exhibit. The venue is small but there are a variety of vehicles-motorbikes, cars, and trucks. The staff are helpful and the admission charge is $9.00. A car enthusiast would enjoy their time here.

Thank RChop
Greenville, South Carolina
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 25, 2016

My wife and I enjoyed this very much. They have two sides to the museum, the left side is standard and the right side changes from time to time. at the time we were there it was on Station Wagons and it was fantastic.Maybe it was my era, but I loved seeing the older cars and the sizes they were.... More 

Thank Richard F
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 24, 2016

We visited this museum because it is right next to the San Diego Space & Aviation Museum and we really wanted to go there. We were glad that we went to the Automotive Museum too, although I wished we would have brought our AAA card for discounts to both admission costs. The Auto museum has a lot of very well-restored... More 

Thank KeymasterMissouri
San Diego
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 21, 2016

OK, not everyone is going to agree with the decision and I see some grumpy recent reviews, but on a recent weekend we had a pass that allowed us and two adult kids to go to 5-6 museums in Balboa Park and we agreed we liked the Automotive Museum the best. Why? Well for one thing so many of the... More 

Thank Mark P
Ventura County, CA
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 12, 2016

I had been to the Automotive Museum several years ago and loved it, as any car enthusiast would. I just returned from a long trip to San Diego with my family and so I was very excited to go back to the museum and share it with my kids. When I got there, I discovered that their current exhibit was... More 

Thank VCAngels
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 10, 2016 via mobile

Small but worth a stop, didn't take us more than an hour to wander through. They have some very unique vehicles and some great examples of Indian motorcycles. Very friendly, located in same parking lot as Air and Space museum.

Thank AmandaNAndy
Boston, Massachusetts
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 1, 2016 via mobile

They have a pretty good motorcycle collection but the car collection needs some serious help. They have a mirror on one wall that makes it look the size size it should be. We bought a groupon so it only cost us $4 each. The staff inside was really nice and willing to tell the history. It was just a ways... More 

Thank Icb1976
Denver, Colorado
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 27, 2016

My wife and I visited the San Diego Automotive Museum on a cloudy afternoon when we decided not to go to the beach. We had a buy one, get one free coupon, so the admission was only $4.50 each. During this timeframe the museum had a special exhibit of autos used in movies or T.V. shows. I was able to... More 

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