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Craftsmanship Museum

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Address: 3190 Lionshead Avenue, Carlsbad, CA 92010
Phone Number:
+1 760-727-9492
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Tue - Sat 09:00 - 16:00
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours

The museum features wood and metalworking craftsmanship at the small end of...

The museum features wood and metalworking craftsmanship at the small end of the size scale. Exhibits include running internal and external combustion engines, model ships, aircraft and autos, tools, clocks, jewelry, guns and dollhouses. Small Engines are run in our working machine shop each day at 10, 12 and 2 PM. Admission is free, and regular hours are Tuesday through Saturday 9 to 4. The museum is sponsored by the non-profit Joe Martin Foundation for Exceptional Craftsmanship and partially funded by Sherline Products Miniature Machine Tools.

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Incredibly talented people that have created some amazing miniature replicas of trains, planes, automobiles, doll houses, and many other items. We have been there 3 times and... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Cypress, California

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Cypress, California
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8 reviews
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Incredibly talented people that have created some amazing miniature replicas of trains, planes, automobiles, doll houses, and many other items. We have been there 3 times and each time we find things that we didn't see before.

Thank Traveller365_10
Morristown, New Jersey
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

The skill and artistry on display in the museum is astounding...miniature engines, miniature automobiles, doll houses, model airplanes and boats, and much more. Craftsmen and hobbyists are available to answer questions and share their enthusiasm. You can watch them working in the very well equipped model workshop.

Thank Ken07960
Silverton, Oregon
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459 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 126 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Local friends took us to this museum, and we loved it! The guides are super friendly and the displays are just amazing. You could spend a few minutes or several hours here, just wondering how these things were made, and how they all work at such a small size. But be sure to take the free tour. BTW, this whole... More 

Thank 03Val48
Saint Anthony, Minnesota
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This was a place we just stumbled upon as the result of a search of visiting Carlsbad, and we've often found that the small local museums are often charming and present an interesting history of the area. It was fascinating and the volunteers had apparently mostly worked as metal workers and precision machinists and tool-and-die operators in the area. They... More 

Thank OldFinn0914
Vancouver, Canada
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5 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The working miniature scale models in metal are truly works of art. Builders from around the world and Canada have model & miniature engines on display. They have a working shop where you can see some of the machine work being done. I travel from BC Canada every year just to see their new goodies !! A fabulous museum set... More 

Thank John C
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

amazing displays of hand made miniatures. doll houses,cars, planes, guns, trains, boats. and more. the detail is incredible. the craftsmanship is beyond words. a must see and its FREE

Thank edheffner46
Phoenix, Arizona
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 March 2017

from engines, some "models", a small doll house collection, aircraft, boats, etc. All hand made by craftsman, who spent countless hours making the above listed items. We got to see demonstrations of some items, and were also treated to a small group demonstration of various working scale engines. Admission is free, but donations accepted. $10 donation will get you a... More 

Thank L R S
San Marcos, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 258 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 March 2017

A friend told us about his museum and we dropped in to check it out. Way beyond my wildest dreams. The precision and workmanship in the tiny (working) replicas are incredible. Only open Tuesday through Saturday they hold demonstrations of some of the working engines at 10 AM, Noon and 2 PM. A must see as they have a master... More 

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Reviewed 28 February 2017 via mobile

This museum is a wonderful place to go. All volunteer run, and FREE!! The volunteer docents are very engaging and friendly and full of very interesting info about the many amazing, fun and fascinating items on display. Great for adults and children.

Thank Tracy W
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 17 February 2017 via mobile

This place is awesome. My grandkids said it was the best museum they've ever been to. Thank you so much for having this available to visitors.

Thank Bonnie W

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