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San Diego Automotive Museum

Neighborhood: Balboa Park
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Address: 2080 Pan American Plaza, San Diego, CA 92101
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Mon 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tue - Sun 10:00 am - 4:30 pm
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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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Current display of first responder vehicles

Pleasant surprise to see a good variety of vehicles used in the past for emergency response. Ambulances, fire trucks, law enforcement, lifeguard, along with a few military... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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San Diego, California
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Solana Beach, California
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35 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Wasn't sure what to expect but was pleasantly surprised. They have some great displays there. Took my two year old grandson who spent time trying to figure out why the mannequin police officer wouldn't say "hi" back to him. :) The Steve McQueen display was amazing. Have a passion for motorbikes and was surprised at how many were on display.... More 

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San Diego, California
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51 reviews
23 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Pleasant surprise to see a good variety of vehicles used in the past for emergency response. Ambulances, fire trucks, law enforcement, lifeguard, along with a few military vehicles. I also enjoy revisiting the permanent display vehicles, like the DeLorean and the self-sustaining car.

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Thank thomasbones52
Sacramento, California
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533 reviews
256 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 232 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Got in for 50% off with February Museum pass and enjoyed about 3 hours there just reading signs, checking out the videos there, and looking at old cars, refurbished cars, old motorcycles, and newer ones. It is a great place for adults and kids, we actually saw more adults than kids that day, but everyone was into the whole experience.... More 

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Saline, Michigan
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43 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 6, 2017 via mobile

I was torn about spending the time to go to the Automotive Museum, but finding the Groupon made me decide to give in. I knew about the Station Wagon exhibition (one of my reasons not to go) but was pleasantly surprised by it. I enjoyed telling my kids about the good old days sitting sideways in the rear end of... More 

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San Diego, California
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231 reviews
85 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 85 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 4, 2017 via mobile

Although we have lived in SD for over 30 years, this was our first visit to the museum. We had a great docent, Alan, and that really made the visit special. He was very knowledgeable and gave us the back story on all the cars. There was s nice collection of cars from the 40s-70s, all beautifully restored. The most... More 

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Ripon, California
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138 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 2, 2017 via mobile

Many of the cars are from the 70s and 60s and are average cars. Of all the balboa park museums we went through this on the quickest.

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Altoona, Iowa
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8 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 31, 2016 via mobile

We took a family of 6 and nobody was impressed. They had a few cool cars, but one room a little larger than a basketball court, we all thought it grossly overpriced.

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San Diego, California
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12 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 30, 2016 via mobile

Had a little free time but short on cash while in San Diego. Stopped in here to see some old cars. Not pricey at all. They had a station wagon exhibit. Some interesting cars on display. Good for a rainy day.

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Salmon Arm, Canada
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266 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 108 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 23, 2016

Being a bit of car buffs and motorcycle riders, the museum was very interesting and had a number of 'cool' vehicles. It's small but does have a variety of cars and bikes that are interesting. Definitely worth the visit.

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Murrieta, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 139 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 22, 2016

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 

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