San Diego Automotive Museum

San Diego, CA

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Address: 2040 Pan American Plaza, San Diego, CA 92101, USA Number: 619-231-2886 Website Contact How do we get there?

What is there to do?

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?






$5.50 (ages 5 to 17)



Seniors, Military and Students with ID


Free Under

5 years


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

Any top tips?


Check out the museum on Tuesdays if you're a local resident, for Resident Free Tuesdays!

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

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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!

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!

Need a little extra help?


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

Click here for lots more great things to do near you in California

When can we go?

10am - 5pm, Tuesday to Sunday. Last admission 4pm

All year round but closed on most Mondays

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