San Diego Automotive Museum

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  • Whether you are an auto enthusiast or not, the San Diego Automotive Museum will amaze you! Located in the historic Balboa Park, the San Diego Automotive Museum was originally the idea of the great Briggs Cunningham, the world renowned racer and automobile collector. However, it was not until 1979 that the San Diego City Council first considered the idea of an automotive museum after push from local automotive enthusiasts.

    After unanimous approval by the Council in 1980, the creation of the museum was a go and the long term lease for a building in Balboa Park was set. One million dollars in renovation and upgrading to the building later, the San Diego Automotive Museum officially opened in December of 1988 and has been going strong ever since.

    Millions of local auto enthusiasts and travelers from all over the world have come to visit the world-class collection featured in the San Diego Automotive Museum. This museum pays tribute to the automobile; focusing on what it has meant to our culture, the story behind the social and technological advancements of the automobile, and the past, present, and future of motorized vehicles. All of these aspects are displayed in stories told through exhibits and collections.

    The museum features summer camps and educational programs for children as well as an “explore” section where kids can step inside a stripped-down race car and hop on a full sized motorcycle. Kids and adults alike can also participate in an exciting and educational scavenger hunt!

    Just ask the friendly people at the admissions counter and they will provide you with a piece of paper with instructions and a pencil. Everyone who participates gets a prize. What is it? Participate and you will find out! Children under six are free and adult admission is around ten dollars.

    Discounts for students, military and seniors are available. Don’t forget, San Diego County residents get into all museums in Balboa Park FREE on the first Tuesday of every month. Picture ID required.

    By: Krista Kosmicki

  • Address: 2080 Pan American Plaza
    San Diego
    United States
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