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Antique Gas & Steam Engine Museum

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Address: 2040 N Santa Fe Ave, Vista, CA 92083-1534
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+1 760-941-1791
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10:00 - 16:00
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Sun - Sat 10:00 - 16:00
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Open year round, this museum features exhibits such as historic...

Open year round, this museum features exhibits such as historic gasoline-and-steam powered farming equipment.

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A ton of Fun

My Kids like any kids love old stuff that makes noise. this place is best to goto when a festivity is going on with all the engines puffing ans shaking with a ton of action... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 14 September 2015
Keith M
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San Diego, California

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Dallas, Texas
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8 reviews
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 October 2015 via mobile

"Museum" seemed like a bit of a stretch to describe this attraction. It is mostly outdoors with old engines left rusting in the sun. We did get a small booklet at the entrance with a very rudimentary map. Other than that there was not much signage explaining why the items were worthy of display. Although our preschooler loves trains and... More 

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San Diego, California
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189 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 September 2015

My Kids like any kids love old stuff that makes noise. this place is best to goto when a festivity is going on with all the engines puffing ans shaking with a ton of action. Love the train center.

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1 Thank Keith M
Carlsbad, California
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6 reviews
5 attraction reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 September 2015

Fun for antique & steam engine enthusiasts! A wonderful selection of old engine type "stuff." Take your boys & men here! A field trip for us on a cool fall day made for a interesting afternoon in the neighborhood. I recommend going when it's cooler out.

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Thank rondaussery
vista,ca
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9 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 August 2015

Fun place to take family and kids. Watch blacksmiths perform there trade. Railroad museum in back. Volunteers explain train sets. Every year they have a parade and music festival.

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Los Angeles, California
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236 reviews
55 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 209 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 June 2015

There is a LOT to see here - this museum is spread out over a lot of ground. Tractors, old cars, steam engine row, gas engine row, a Grist Mill, an small train you can ride in, wagon rides. Food available in the food court too.

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1 Thank snooksinK.C.
Vista, California
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3 reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 June 2015

I have been going to the steam engine museum for over 30 years. I haven't been there since 2012. I was shocked about paying a "Parking" Fee $5.00. Supposed to be a donation, (No Receipt given) For admission they only take cash $9.50ea.! (Again No receipt given). I was really upset over this. I will never go back there again.... More 

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Alexandria, Virginia
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140 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 79 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 May 2015

There is a very wide variety of gas and steam engines, tractors, wagons, cars, trucks and implements. They items are in a varying state of repair--some are mint, others are piles of rust. If you know your engines and tractors, you will love this place. If you just like to look and not read, this is the place for you.... More 

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2 Thank Jon S
Vista
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136 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 88 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 April 2015

Lets face it... many of us are vehicle lovers be it a tractor, thresher, Avanti or Corvette. If there is someone in your family - even small ones that loves to look at one of the best collections of historical tractors, steam engines and threshers please go! Twice a year this outdoor museum lights up and the owners of many... More 

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Thank PrincessWildhair
Vista, United States
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15 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 April 2015

Very interesting place. Great place to take the kids for some history. Wear sneakers or boots. It's very dusty there and the ground is uneven. Take your time and enjoy!

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Thank Roni M
Brea,CA / Chattanooga, TN
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 February 2015

Last week, we camped 5 days with 63 other LAZY DAZE Class C RVs in their big field; dry camping, a.k.a. boon docking. During our wagon ride tour, one of our members pointed at an ancient tractor saying, "That's my tractor". Years ago, he was member and volunteer; he "adopted" that Minn-Moline agri tractor, restored it and drove it during... More 

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