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Craftsmanship Museum

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Address: 3190 Lionshead Avenue, Carlsbad, CA 92010
Phone Number: +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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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... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed yesterday
Kevin J
Prescott, Arizona
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Prescott, Arizona
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133 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW 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!

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Pearl City, Hawaii
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 124 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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
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.

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Louisville, Colorado
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
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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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 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

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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
Rogers, AR
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 June 2016

The museum is very easy to find and has free admission. Hard to describe the quality of craftsmanship that went into some of these models. Saying they are models doesn't do them justice. They should be described as exact duplicates on a smaller scale. The mostly volunteer staff are very pleasant and knowledgeable. Especially enjoyed the demonstrations provided by their... More 

1 Thank Randal H
Morristown, TN
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 May 2016

Off we went to find the Craftsman Museum and had no clue what we would find! Well we found a gem! Everything in miniature! From internal combustion engines to motors to boats to trains to car parts to dollhouses to toothpick designs to just about everything! Thought we would be here an hour.....well 2 hours later we had looked at... More 

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