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“Camping in car and old Harley Davidson collection”

San Diego Automotive Museum
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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.
Niagara-on-the-Lake, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
“Camping in car and old Harley Davidson collection”
Reviewed February 9, 2014 via mobile

Well, great volunteer staff to explain cars on display.Interesting continues film showing how one car can,do laundry,iron clothes,have a shower...while on the road.Restores bikes,race cars and many other antique cars,trucks and motor bikes.There display changes monthly with a whole car lots unique vehicle .A car buffs dream in San Diego Old Town.Enjoy we will visit again.

Visited February 2014
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
“Small but interesting”
Reviewed January 28, 2014

I enjoyed this museum but it was small and currently dominated by corvettes as they have a special celebration for the 60th anniversary. Corvettes aren't my favourite but other than that, several quite interesting old cars. I was glad I had a 2 for 1 coupon as I thought there wasn't much there for the $8.50 per person price. Check on the Balboa Park hot deals before going in case there is a 2 for 1 coupon. If you get the deal I would recommend if you like cars and motorcycles.

Visited January 2014
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Salt Lake City, Utah
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
“Small Museum - Unusual Cars - Helpful Staff”
Reviewed January 7, 2014

We were on the San Diego Trolley Tour and they stopped at this spot. We decided to stretch our legs and check out this museum. The Trolley Tours offered a discount coupon, however, we saved even more by showing our AAA card.

The museum is small and easy to navigate. The staff was friendly and could tell you information about any car in the museum. They also have a nice selection of motorcycles. Louie Mattar's car was fabulous and who doesn't want a photo next to a DeLorean?

There was also a small gift shop at the exit/entrance.

Visited December 2013
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Lincoln, United Kingdom
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81 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
“Interesting little museum”
Reviewed December 5, 2013

We visited when they had a Corvette show which meant half the museum was dedicated to Corvettes - I guess the original exhibits had been moved out to make room? The Corvettes were good though.

Anyway, the museum is not huge but what they have is interesting. My husband had a great time and it took about an hour to tour the whole place. The info about the wooden road was especially interesting.

My only advice is to avoid free Tuesday. From what we could gather the museums in the park are free to San Diego residents on certain Tuesdays each month - the day we went - which means the park and museums are absolutely packed with kids! As a result this museum was quite busy as it is next to the air museum and most families seemed to be doing them both.

Worth a trip as long as you aren't expecting a huge car collection with hundreds of vehicles.

Visited November 2013
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Dublin, Ireland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Falls between weak and cheesy”
Reviewed September 6, 2013

This is a car museum for those with little interest in cars. It is small, with a minimal variety of vehicles. The vehicles on display have little historical significance and are the kinds you might just as well find in a neighborhood car show. Despite having a love of all things automotive, I was anxious to leave. Don't waste your time.

Visited October 2012
Thank Mr Q
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