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“Not huge, but very diverse”

San Diego Automotive Museum
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Ranked #88 of 439 things to do in San Diego
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Owner description: Magnificent display of vintage automobiles and motorcycles including a 1927 Bentley, 1931 Rolls Royce Phaeton and Steve McQueen's 1953 Allard.
NY
Level 6 Contributor
110 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
“Not huge, but very diverse”
Reviewed April 7, 2012

In addition to your standard fare of pristinely restored cars from the 1950's - 60s, there are also some unique items, cars from tv/movies, and a section on motorcycles. If you're a gearhead or auto fan, it's a must. Small enough to combine with a trip to the zoo or other destinations in Balboa Park all on the same day, but big enough to be a destination in its own right.

Visited July 2011
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San Diego, California
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11 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Nice place to visit when you don't know what to do for the day.”
Reviewed April 5, 2012

Cool stuff to see and play with. Would be even better if I were still a kid!

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San Diego, California
Level 6 Contributor
237 reviews
105 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
“Cars Cars Cars”
Reviewed March 13, 2012

As a car nut, this is a treat. I love going through and seeing the perfect restorations as well as the unrestored history of the automobile. Dont miss this if you are car crazy. It is FUN

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Mission Viejo, California
Level 5 Contributor
73 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Friendly staff, but small”
Reviewed February 22, 2012

This is not a large museum at all, but they had some very rare cars on loan as well as several very rare motorcycles. The Louis Matter Cadillac was amazing and they have a beautifully restored '53 Jag. The docent on duty the day we were there was great.
As at all the Balboa museums, don't forget to get your AAA discount on admission.

Visited February 2012
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Calgary
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18 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“Save your money”
Reviewed February 1, 2012

Very small museum; too small to justify the admission price. Cars they have are of good quality, but even being a car enthusiast I had looked at all the cars, and read all the info signs within 20 minutes.

Visited January 2012
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