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San Diego Automotive Museum

Neighbourhood: Balboa Park
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Address: 2080 Pan American Plz, San Diego, CA 92101-1636
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+1 619-231-2886
10:00 - 16:30
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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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Don't miss the Cross Country Cadillac or the Motorcycles

This is a small, probably privately owned museum right next to the Air and Space Museum. We weren't expecting much so we were delighted with the extensive old motorcyle... read more

Reviewed 17 March 2017
Houston, Texas
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Ft Lauderdale, United States
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27 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

My wife and I recently visited the San Diego Auto Museum on our trip to Southern Cali. Although the museum is small it has some excellent examples of American and International automotive history. The vignettes have great information about the cars on display. I would highly recommend visiting if you are in Balboa Park.

Thank Jonas S
Houston, Texas
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39 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 March 2017

This is a small, probably privately owned museum right next to the Air and Space Museum. We weren't expecting much so we were delighted with the extensive old motorcyle collection, including some original Indians. Their Ducati and Harley collection is smaller, but also worth seeing. We got a kick out of seeing Fonzi's actual motorcyle and jacket and our teenage... More 

Thank SpaceMom1
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55 reviews
40 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 March 2017 via mobile

Lots of older model cars to look at...pretty cool! One of the museums that has a few to get in, but we have the SD Go card so it was covered. I would recommend it on your park stop. It has the bike of Fonzi and the car from Back to the Future.

Thank Jennifer R
New Brunswick, New Jersey
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229 reviews
70 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 87 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 March 2017

It is definitely worth a short visit to this auto museum; there was a nice selection of motorcycles with interesting histories, including Steve McQueen's collection. The auto collection wasn't extensive but was very interesting. My wife and I spent about one hour in this museum and for the $6 fee it was worth the price of admission.

Thank RU4NJ
Burlington, United States
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135 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 February 2017

This museum (adjacent to the San Diego Air and Space Museum) contains a mixture of all different vehicles. When we were there, Steve McQueen's motorcycle collection was on special display, along with numerous other 4 wheeled vehicles. It is definitely worth a look. Discount coupons can be found in visitor's brochures.

Thank Jerry L
San Diego, California
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126 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 February 2017

The SD Auto Museum has a small number of permanent cars on display and a number of cars on display that are by invitation. The invitation auto's change every few months. Nice collection of vehicles which can be seen in about two hours, so you have time to visit other museums in the park.

Thank Emory B
Solana Beach, California
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35 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 February 2017

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 

Thank have2cruise
San Diego, California
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56 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 February 2017 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.

Thank thomasbones52
Sacramento, California
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559 reviews
269 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 242 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 February 2017

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 

Thank Kip F
Saline, Michigan
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54 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 January 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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