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San Diego Automotive Museum

2080 Pan American Plz, San Diego, CA 92101-1636
+1 619-231-2886
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Mostly 4x4 & Baja vehicles

I had been here years (many) before and it displayed local's antique autos. This exhibit was about... read more

Reviewed 13 January 2018
Kirk H
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Rio Rancho, New Mexico
Not what I hoped for

This is a pretty small museum, and there are less cars than I would have liked and a lot more... read more

Reviewed 30 December 2017
BagmanNZ
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Wellington, New Zealand
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Magnificent display of vintage automobiles and motorcycles including a 1927 Bentley, 1931 Rolls Royce Phaeton and Steve McQueen's 1953 Allard.
  • Excellent24%
  • Very good40%
  • Average28%
  • Poor7%
  • Terrible1%
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“on display” (22 reviews)
“balboa park” (31 reviews)
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2080 Pan American Plz, San Diego, CA 92101-1636
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Reviewed 13 January 2018

I had been here years (many) before and it displayed local's antique autos. This exhibit was about 1/2 Baja and 4x4 and other off road vehicles with a few motorcycles and other vehicles added. Guess it depends on what you want to see, I expected...More

Thank Kirk H
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Reviewed 30 December 2017

This is a pretty small museum, and there are less cars than I would have liked and a lot more motorcycles than I expected. If you like bikes, this is the place for you, if it’s cars you’re after, probably not so much. And it’s...More

Thank BagmanNZ
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Reviewed 25 December 2017 via mobile

Not very many exhibits and a lot of them are motorcycles, not automobiles. What they have is nice, but I would have skipped it if it wasn’t included with our Go Pass.

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Reviewed 18 December 2017 via mobile

Located in balboa park and next door to the air and space museum, this is one room filled with interesting cars and motorcycles. Definitely not a full day trip but more of a hour or so.

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Reviewed 10 November 2017

Enjoyed this Automotive Museum which was nicely organized according to category, the information provided on each vehicle was informative and interesting. Good entertainment for an hour or two while in Balboa Park. Adjacent to the Air and Space Museum so convenient to pair these two...More

Thank Travelsak
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Reviewed 8 November 2017

My husband loves collector cars so we decided to check this place out. It wasn't very big but had some different unusual cars and motor cycles in the collection.

Thank HCP237
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Reviewed 28 October 2017

If you are into cars, make sure you lower your expectations. I have gone to smaller car shows with more appeal. A nice walk but you have to pay for not much to see so make sure to get a coupon if you plan to...More

Thank NinaW2000
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Reviewed 15 October 2017

Enjoyed seeing this museum. The unusual cars and motorcycles. One car was history making and fascinating. Can change a tire while going down the road and able to cook and wash clothes too.

Thank Helene V
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Reviewed 13 October 2017

We came here during the British Automobile exhibit last Memorial Day weekend. Hubby and I had opted to purchase the Balboa Park pass that allows you entry into multiple museums. I would probably give this place a 3.5, but I'm rounding it up to 4...More

Thank NYCaliKara
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Reviewed 3 October 2017

This Museum has declined greatly in the last few years. Even the Tucker used in this advertisement is not longer there. It is like whoever runs it knows nothing about cars or car collectors. The displays are stale, very few of the cars are exceptional...More

Thank Financial N
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1 October 2017|
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2 hours might be about right.
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