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Craftsmanship Museum

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Address: 3190 Lionshead Ave, Carlsbad, CA 92010-4701
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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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Pursue your hobby

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... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
Georgetown, Texas

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Georgetown, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

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 

Thank 510dele
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago 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!

Thank matt5mn
Prescott, Arizona
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
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!

Thank Kevin J
Pearl City, Hawaii
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 126 helpful votes
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 

1 Thank HawaiiAndi
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.

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 

Thank DocBrien
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2016

This is an undiscovered jewel. Be sure to go to the talk and your. Amazing craftsman have displays real working miniature engines of all kinds; match stick creations like Notre Dame are amazing and a wonderful display of doll Houses and furniture

Thank Daisy1939
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 September 2016 via mobile

Truly amazing collection of miniature engines, boats, cars, weapons, doll houses, toys, etc., etc., etc.! The craftsmanship, tooling, machining and hours and hours of time required to produce each item is mind boggling. Lovely facility with knowledgeable, friendly docents. Free admission, but you'll be inspired to make a donation to keep this wonderful museum open. We didn't allow enough time... More 

1 Thank Nancy v
Chandler, Arizona
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 August 2016

This was a pleasant surprise. Miniature external and internal combustion engine demonstration, 3-d copier. Superb miniature replicas that took in excess of 15 years to build. Well worth a visit

1 Thank reblyn2016
San Antonio, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 August 2016

I can't believe this is free, my entire family couldn't believe the collection. We spend about 2 hours here, it's amazing!

1 Thank jwdemario

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