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The Miniature Engineering Craftsmanship Museum

3190 Lionshead Ave, Carlsbad, CA 92010-4701
+1 760-727-9492
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Unique, Unexpected, Fantastic!

I will leave the detailed word-smithing to others--however, wholly unexpected, this turned out to... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Gregor G
Great free attraction for craftsman oriented folks

See what can be done with small machine tools and by people who devote countless hours to making... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
San diego
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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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“doll houses” (15 reviews)
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Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
3190 Lionshead Ave, Carlsbad, CA 92010-4701
3190 Lionshead Ave, Carlsbad, CA 92010-4701
+1 760-727-9492
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I will leave the detailed word-smithing to others--however, wholly unexpected, this turned out to be an absolute gem of a museum. I could have easily spent the most of a day there. One has to have some appreciation for technical craftsmanship, modeling, etc. to really...More

Thank Gregor G
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

See what can be done with small machine tools and by people who devote countless hours to making scale and often working models of large scale machines. Fun place to visit.

Thank SW D
Reviewed 12 December 2017

This was a delightful trip for my husband Jim and I. Jim was recovering from two brain surgeries and this was his first time away from the hospital. A Tri-City van took several patients, nurses and spouses to this wonderful museum. Docents were there to...More

Thank Judith H
Reviewed 10 November 2017

Easy drive up from San Diego. Until we had picked up a brochure, we never knew such a museum existed. There is no charge but you will want to make a donation. You don't have to be an engineer to appreciate the various exhibits. The...More

Thank BarbB73
Reviewed 29 October 2017

Kudos that this is free - I have not room to gripe. The people working there are eager and into their ... craft. There are some magnificent miniatures. But honestly it really does help if you're a bit of a geek for some of the...More

Thank scott r
Reviewed 8 October 2017 via mobile

My husband found this museum on one of his online blogs. We've been to San Diego many times but had never heard of the museum. What a find! I might not have known what a lot of the items were, but the craftsmanship that has...More

Thank Robin M
Reviewed 6 October 2017 via mobile

Lots of neat and interesting things in this museum from mini engines that really work to cool little dollhouses. Lots of collections and a variety of things to see that interested teens and adults. The docents were so friendly and full of info. We were...More

Thank HalaHT
Reviewed 4 October 2017

My friend and I stopped in there and was it nice!! Went through the tour of the miniature little engines, just amazing!! All free too! Some very, very nice miniature models of just about everything you can imagine. Well worth the visit!!!

Thank Bobby31225
Reviewed 3 October 2017

We took the family and did the demo which is 10, 12, 2 everyday. I love this place. Almost everything is in miniature. Lot of the items there are made as a hobby by many people. You have trains, planes, autos, engines, houses, guns. any...More

Thank Kasey987
Reviewed 27 September 2017

We stopped by for a little diversion and liked it so much that we stayed several hours. The staff was very helpful and pleasant. The varied number of items are out of this world. Don't forget to stick around for the demonstration on running miniature...More

Thank dstinson3
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