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Craftsmanship Museum

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Address: 3190 Lionshead Avenue, Carlsbad, CA 92010
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+1 760-727-9492

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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Grandkids visiting for the weekend

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.

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
Bonnie W
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago 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
Carlsbad, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

It is not often that you have a chance to see the engineering marvels and craftsmanship that is on display

Thank 19037Travel
Warminster, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My husband and I visited this museum on a family member's recommendation. As many times as we've come to the Carlsbad area, we had never heard of it. The location is easy to find in an industrial park area off Palomar Airport Road, and their directions make it very clear to be careful pulling out of their parking lot when... More 

Thank Elaine C
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Very interesting exhibits, very friendly people, and unbelievable workmanship. For anyone not into trains, planes and cars, there is also a fabulous collection of doll houses with furnishings.

1 Thank Glenda O
Georgetown, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 January 2017

What an interesting 'stretch & grow' place to tour. A FREE museum that will provide evidence of creative endeavors by hobbyists, or highly committed engineers who love tinkering. This is a great place for young people to receive encouragement to pursue their inner dreams as well as older folks who love to view remarkable displays of creative craftsmanship. The staff... More 

1 Thank 510dele
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 December 2016 via mobile

I was very pleased with the museum and its displays. It provides a great appreciation for those that work tirelessly to produce innovative displays of engineering. In addition, the demonstrations are a great learning experience for kids and adults. The staff were very passionate and great to talk to. Thanks again for the great visit!

1 Thank matt5mn
Prescott, Arizona
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 December 2016 via mobile

Wasn't sure how much we would like it. Awesome place, who knew, not me, that so much was here. Take the machine shop tour, it is awesome. This museum is totally free, they just let you roam at your own speed. Very enjoyable!

1 Thank Kevin J
Pearl City, Hawaii
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 October 2016

We stumbled upon this museum. Its quite the jewel. Its a free museum although donations are accepted. There are very friendly and knowledgeable volunteers who provide background to the many displays. We were impressed by the miniature dollhouses and airplanes. They also have a behind the scenes live introduction to the machine shop. Its unbelievable what a craftsman can build.... More 

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Chino, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 October 2016

If you enjoy looking at things made with great craftsmanship, then plan on spending a couple of hours here. They have limited tours of the machine shop where they make some of the miniature equipment. It's free but they do ask for a donation.

1 Thank Larry W
Louisville, Colorado
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 September 2016

My wife and I discovered The Craftsmanship Museum here, on Tripadvisor, and decided to check it our while on vacation in Carlsbad, California. Located just east of the Palomar airport, the museum was easy to get to and not crowded at all. This museum contains a fantastic assortment of handcrafted items of almost every type imaginable: working engines, toys, doll... More 

1 Thank DocBrien

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