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San Diego Automotive Museum San Diego

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San Diego Automotive Museum
2080 Pan American Plaza
San Diego
CA
92101
Tel: 619-231-2886

Where are we going today?

If you LOVE automobiles, and those classic models, then you might just want to visit the San Diego Automotive Museum at Balboa Park!

Created by a keen automobile collector and racer, Briggs Cunningham, the museum now sits in a historic building where auto enthusiasts from all across the world can come and marvel, and learn, about his collection!

The San Diego Automotive Museum has a number of exhibits, that change occasionally, for you to enjoy. Want to hear about the types of exhibits you will be experiencing? Rev those engines...let's go!

The Barn Find is a great story about a 1928 Studebaker that was forgotten about in an old barn...and then found! All it needed was gas and it was driven away after 40 years of being hidden.

A pretty nice find!

Harley Davidson fans....there is something for you too! You can learn all about how William S. Harley, at the age of 21, drew up plans for a small engine.  He and his friend Arthur Davidson worked on these bikes...and the rest is history!

There are Indian motorcycles, you can see Louis Mattar's Fabulous Car that had all the comforts of home - a fridge, ironing board, medicine cabinet...even the kitchen sink! What an imagination!

You can see DeLoreans, Ferraris, Cadillac, and Ford Model T....just to name a few!

Engines, motors, wheels, cars, bikes....a great collection at the San Diego Automotive Museum. 

Families...start your engines! 

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How much does it cost?

  • Adults$8.50
  • Children$4 (ages 6 to 15)
  • Free Under: 6 years
LAST UPDATED 2015

When can we go?

10am - 5pm. 4pm close on Tuesdays

All year round.

Teachers corner

The museum offer special tours for school classes over 30! They can learn about the history of the building, and the museum, and even how the museum functions. Just give them a call to arrange!.

I'm Hungry!

There are plenty of places in San Diego to pick up something before or after your visit! .

Healthy Eating!

It's always a good idea to keep bottled water in your bag, or healthy snacks to keep that energy up.

Any Top Tips?

If you love the museum, why not look into a membership? It gives you unlimited admission for a year! Family membership available too .

Doing our bit

The museum was created from a passion, and continues as such. The collections are carefully restored, and the information is there to educate all who visit on these amazing models!.

Need a little extra help?

If you have special needs or accessibility, give them a call to discuss how they can help .

Can I get one of those?

The museum store is FILLED with great gifts and souvenirs for you, including rare models, books, clothing, and other auto related items!.

More information

They have special kids scavenger hunts to make the time around the museum more fun!.

What people are saying?

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    Nice car museum with a variety of cars and bikes. Look for the 2 for 1 voucher in the San Diego free guide books.

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    The staff is very nice and willing to talk to you. I think they do well with their limited space. I need to go back to (as one reviewer said) "this stable full of metal wagons"

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    Massive variety of all types of cars and motorcycles. Many rare items that most of us would never see otherwise. Well worth the ticket price for any gear head.

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    A little disappointed at the limited number of cars on display, but I suppose the admission is cheaper for a reason.

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    If you are looking for someplace down to earth and fun, visit this museum. There is something for everyone. The touches of whimsy here and there make it fun for people of all ages. Great play area for the kids too. And come back often! Exhibits change every four months!

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