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Antique Gas & Steam Engine Museum

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Address: 2040 N Santa Fe Ave, Vista, CA 92083-1534
Phone Number: +1 760-941-1791
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Open year round, this museum features exhibits such as historic...

Open year round, this museum features exhibits such as historic gasoline-and-steam powered farming equipment.

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Little House on the prairie

It is amazing how much there is to learn. Imagine not having electricity hooked up to your house but having a refrigerator, washer and drier and freezer. What do you do? Go to... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 June 2016
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Vista
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Long Beach, California
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 August 2016

There are some interesting sites on the complex including a few old cars in the barn and a building for weaving. Engines and old farm equipment are scattered about and don't seem well kept. There is also just lots of junk clutter. The Summergrass bluegrass festival here each August is worth attending. There are a few shaded areas, but should... More 

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Vista, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 June 2016

Visited recently for Fathers Day. Got to ride in 0ld Julian "stage coach car" in parade. Lots of old kitchen tools. Weaving, spinning, gem & mineral exhibits, new clock exhibit, textiles, tractors, antique cars & other farm machinery. Can be very hot & dusty. See Facebook page. I have been various times, I always enjoy.

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Vista
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 June 2016

It is amazing how much there is to learn. Imagine not having electricity hooked up to your house but having a refrigerator, washer and drier and freezer. What do you do? Go to this museum to find out

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Thank Daniel D
Oceanside, United States
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26 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 April 2016

We recently visited this museum as part of a Cub Scouts requirement and loved it! The staff was really friendly and there was lots to see. The property is huge so allow extra time to get through it! Most of the museum is outdoors so wear comfortable walking shoes!

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Thank Deanine D
Vista, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 December 2015

If antique engines interest you, you'll be in heaven here. Twice a year, they have a festival with parades of many of the old engines (tractors primarily). Definitely worth seeing. The exhibits themselves can get a little tiresome unless you're a dedicated aficionado.

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Vista, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 December 2015

I've been here several times for visits and class reunions. You can easily visit several times and see something new.

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Thank Thom H
Dallas, Texas
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 October 2015 via mobile

"Museum" seemed like a bit of a stretch to describe this attraction. It is mostly outdoors with old engines left rusting in the sun. We did get a small booklet at the entrance with a very rudimentary map. Other than that there was not much signage explaining why the items were worthy of display. Although our preschooler loves trains and... More 

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San Diego, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 September 2015

My Kids like any kids love old stuff that makes noise. this place is best to goto when a festivity is going on with all the engines puffing ans shaking with a ton of action. Love the train center.

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Carlsbad, California
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 September 2015

Fun for antique & steam engine enthusiasts! A wonderful selection of old engine type "stuff." Take your boys & men here! A field trip for us on a cool fall day made for a interesting afternoon in the neighborhood. I recommend going when it's cooler out.

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vista,ca
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 August 2015

Fun place to take family and kids. Watch blacksmiths perform there trade. Railroad museum in back. Volunteers explain train sets. Every year they have a parade and music festival.

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