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“a hidden gem”

Craftsmanship Museum
Ranked #9 of 61 things to do in Carlsbad
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: 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.
Vista, California
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39 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“a hidden gem”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 October 2013

just a small museum but well worth a stop. Men would probaby enjoy it more then ladies but still take a look!

Visited April 2013
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Oceanside, California
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102 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
“Where Hobbies CAN GO!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 August 2013 via mobile

A great museum for young adult and up. We were pleasantly surprised by the number of people exploring this hidden gem of a museum. It has miniatures that are working models, and models which are representations only of many types of engines, modes of transportation, weapons and a section of dollhouses/rooms. The docents are good and they have engine demos at 10AM, 12PM and 2PM. We spent about 1 1/2 hours there and learned quite a bit.

Visited August 2013
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CA
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23 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Hidden gem”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 July 2013

Here is a treat for anyone who likes mechanical devices, and talent at building miniatures. The museum is nicley lit and exhibits are clear and fascinating. They treasure hand-crafted and excellent miniatures, and show them well.

Visited May 2013
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Pasadena, California
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32 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“A must to see”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 June 2013

This is a gem of a find. Dave Belt master machines was a wonderful docent who gave us a personable tour of all the exhibits and how they work. Very educationable and interesting at the skills involved in the making of the exhibits

Visited June 2013
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“Amazing Detail!!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 May 2013

Wow, Didnt know what to expect but they surprised us consistently. We took our family with the grandparents and our two daughters 3&1 yrs old. Everything was in glass so we didnt have to worry about our kids touching/breaking anything. Really cool models, and the engines actually run! The mini gun collection was amazing and they even have a 'doll house' collection they let us look at prior to tye 'real' release. You'll enjoy it and be amazed.

Visited May 2013
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