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The Miniature Engineering Craftsmanship Museum
Ranked #9 of 66 things to do in Carlsbad
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: 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.
Reviewed March 20, 2014

My wife and I weren't sure when we pulled up to this museum (not that it's in a bad neighborhood or anything). We entered as the only guests and were greeted by two older gentlemen who were very friendly and knowledgable.
The best part for me was the individual demonstration of several tiny working engines. Anyone who enjoys mechanical things, esp. working engines would really like this.
I can honestly say that my wife found it interesting too!

3  Thank MOCamper
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Reviewed March 17, 2014

This is a fabulous museum set up by the Joe Martin Foundation for exceptional craftsmanship. It has on display many models of handmade miniature engines, planes, firearms, toys, doll houses and world landmarks such as the Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame to name just a few. Admission is free and it is definitely a must see.

2  Thank 31MIK
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Reviewed March 9, 2014

wonderful place if you're guy is into cars, planes, trains, machinery... I liked the dollhouse exhibit. Take a magazine to read while the guys visit the machine shop!

3  Thank Lianne B
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Reviewed February 5, 2014

We learned about this museum on TripAdvisor and are so glad we did. It is amazing. These are not just models which replicate something real, these are miniatures which means that they work like the original. The cars have dipsticks which actually measure the oil, the outboard motors actually run and can power a boat, the tiny pistons all move, all the motors actually run. And, the detail in the objects is amazing. Check out the tiny bolts, the tiny bullets on the WWII plane wings, the models built into a wine glass. We were also intrigued by the photos of Elgin Park back in the right hand corner. There is a treasure trove of different kinds of motors but the museum is so much more than that. There are miniature planes, guns, a matchstick London Bridge, a motorcycle that would fit into your hand, small cars, dollhouses, etc. Check out the miniature double roller coaster.
The museum is free (they take donations), they encourage photography, our docent knew so much, and there are also 3 tours a day into the workroom. Please check their website for the days the museum is open. They also have an internet museum but the real museum is so much more interesting and real. I am not in the least into motors but this was fascinating. We easily spent 4 hours here.

1  Thank Nancy F
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Reviewed January 23, 2014

Miniature Engineering Craftsmanship Museum was absolutely incredible with models of cars, planes, boats and trains. From fully functional engines in miniature to amazing matchstick constructions to miniature firearms. Wonderful docents ready willing and able to give explanations and show many of these exhibits actually working. We'll come back her again and one of the best features is that it's free!!

2  Thank JPWOTG
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