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The Miniature Engineering Craftsmanship Museum

Open Now: 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Open today: 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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Movement...via any type of vehicle—all in miniature—all on display with knowledgeable docents available.

This is a FREE museum of myriad offerings of engines and motors within every possible market type... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
YvonneFino
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Carlsbad, California
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Highly recommended

Worth a visit, even if you are not a mechanical engineer (I'm not). The docents and the manager in... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
arex1337
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Oslo, Norway
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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...more
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Suggested duration: 2-3 hours
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3190 Lionshead Ave, Carlsbad, CA 92010-4701
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

This is a FREE museum of myriad offerings of engines and motors within every possible market type of vehicle... all done in miniature and all work. Each is well documented and intriguing, plus there is a master mechanic who shows how many work (at preset...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank YvonneFino
Reviewed 1 week ago

Worth a visit, even if you are not a mechanical engineer (I'm not). The docents and the manager in particular are all incredibly knowledgeable and enthusiastic. They spent an hour pointing out the most interesting exhibits, and telling relevant stories. They also did a good...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank arex1337
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

If you like mechanical things, or motors or miniatures, models or fine craftsmanship this is a must see attraction. Of course the internet photos mean nothing, the craftsmanship is so good they just look like the full size items. I think they have something like...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank jfarlam
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Loved the miniatures, the exhibits, and the tour. Hidden gem for sure! Make sure you get to check out the machine shop.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank ReidC287
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Running miniature engines! Amazing craftsmanship. If you like mechanical things, engines or just appreciate amazing work this is a have to see. Heck its free!

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank chargerpow
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Heard about this place by word of mouth. Assume it would be a way to get out of the heat for 1/2 hour or so. I spent 3 hours in there admiring the skills of people building miniature replicas of so many things, many of...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Bill H
Reviewed 1 November 2018

Hidden gem in Carlsbad. Amazing examples of craftsmanship. We couldn't believe all the intricate working models of cars, boats and buildings. Docents are super friendly and knowledgeable. Go visit!

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank rowingref
Reviewed 2 October 2018

if you have never seen a train engine so small that actually works like a life size,fits in your palm of ur hand then you are in for a real treat

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank jim w
Reviewed 19 September 2018

An amazing collection that will captivate (mature) gear heads and model makers. It is self-guided so you have to be in a mindset to read and understand the scope of what you are seeing. Many amazing things -- an eclectic collection that represents tremendous devotion...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank 2tanEmptyNesters
Reviewed 18 September 2018

This place really is a hidden gem. It is a labor of love for someone and staffed by volunteers who really love what they do. We found out about it through Tripadvisor and I'm glad we visited. It is in a large room with a...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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