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The Miniature Engineering Craftsmanship Museum

3190 Lionshead Ave, Carlsbad, CA 92010-4701
+1 760-727-9492
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Be sure to attend a demo in the machine shop

Wow! Gain a new appreciation of machining parts to create all kinds of engines and gadgets. A 501c3... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
BellaBaggins
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Bethel, ME
Great stop

This place was awesome, I would highly recommend a visit. I had low expectations from a free... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
mfietkau
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Salt Lake City, Utah
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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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“machine shop” (14 reviews)
“doll houses” (15 reviews)
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Hours Today: 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
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3190 Lionshead Ave, Carlsbad, CA 92010-4701
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Wow! Gain a new appreciation of machining parts to create all kinds of engines and gadgets. A 501c3 nonprofit staffed by volunteers, it showcases all kinds of scale models. Some will like the engines, others will marvel at the dollhouses. The volunteers are passionate about...More

Thank BellaBaggins
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This place was awesome, I would highly recommend a visit. I had low expectations from a free museum but the staff and content here was worth the stop.

Thank mfietkau
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Free to enter. Not huge but full of interesting small pieces of terrific engineering. Great for all ages. Definitely for all ages. Has small play area for kids and adults alike.

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Reviewed 13 March 2018

Great small (but not tiny) museum tucked away in Industrial buildings. Its inland Carlsbad near Bressi Ranch. Fascinating to me and sons and Grandsons. Anyone who appreciates engineering and making precision working models to scale will totally appreciate this. Some of the models take your...More

Thank Brackstead
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Reviewed 10 March 2018

We were visiting friends that have lived in the area 30 plus years and had near been to this place. I found it on trip advisor and we all agree it was worth a visit. It’s a very educational place to visit for all ages...More

Thank Dale D
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Reviewed 5 March 2018

This is a very cool place! If you like model planes, trains and cars. Very interesting place for model lovers. Adults and kids will like it alot.

Thank Peter V
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Reviewed 4 March 2018

This is an amazing museum! The collection includes working miniatures of all sorts. They are hand-crafted. I especially liked the tiny guns. Some were just a bit over an inch long. My husband was intrigued by the various engines. The docents were friendly and knowledgeable...More

Thank Dianna A
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Reviewed 4 March 2018

This is now the second time I've been to this Museum.Was taken by my Uncle years ago and while visiting him with a friend this past year,just had to take the friend to see...and my Uncle lives up in LA area,so we are talking about...More

Thank ricoman1
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Reviewed 24 December 2017

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
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Reviewed 22 December 2017

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
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