San Diego Automotive Museum

San Diego Automotive Museum The San Diego Automotive Museum located in beautiful Balboa Park offers a wonderful selection of vintage and classic American and European vehicles and motorcycles.
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Congratulations to James Schaeffer the lucky winner of the 1968 Dodge Coronet Raffle!  We hope to see you cruising the s...
12/23/2020

Congratulations to James Schaeffer the lucky winner of the 1968 Dodge Coronet Raffle!
We hope to see you cruising the streets of Sunny San Diego!

Wishing you happy holidays and best wishes!With your generous support today, we can continue our legacy as a world-class...
12/23/2020

Wishing you happy holidays and best wishes!

With your generous support today, we can continue our legacy as a world-class museum sharing the joy of automobiles for generations to come. Because of COVID-19, donors may receive up to a $300 tax break for charitable giving, good until the end of 2020 under the CARES act. To donate visit https://engage.sdautomuseum.org/donate
We can’t thank you enough for your support in these times and we are looking forward to reopening and having you back in the museum.

12/22/2020

Congratulations to the lucky winner of the 1968 Dodge Coronet!
A special thanks to everyone who participated and supports the museum, we can’t wait to reopen and have you back very soon.

12/19/2020
12/16/2020

Purchase your ticket for the 1968 Dodge Coronet Raffle and support the San Diego Automotive Museum! Exceptional ground-up restoration with a subtly modified 440" V8 and other muscle upgrades. Ready for show, cruise, or club drags!

Last time to purchase tickets is tomorrow at noon. Call 619-398-0301 or visit https://www.sdautomuseum.org/raffle

Winner will be announced on Facebook live this Friday December 18 at 7:30pm. Follow us here to find out who the lucky winner is!

$100 per ticket.
1:3,500 to win; maximum of 3,500 tickets will be sold.
Raffle runs from September 1, 2020 - December 18, 2020.

When you donate today, your generosity helps San Diego Automotive Museum remain here for our community and future genera...
12/01/2020

When you donate today, your generosity helps San Diego Automotive Museum remain here for our community and future generations to come.

Your support in these challenging times is critical.

This Giving Tuesday, any gift of $100 or more will receive a complimentary raffle ticket to win this 1968 Dodge Coronet. Thank you for your support!

https://www.sdautomuseum.org/raffle

You still have time to donate before the raffle for this 1968 Dodge Coronet closes! For a limited time, any donation of ...
11/27/2020

You still have time to donate before the raffle for this 1968 Dodge Coronet closes! For a limited time, any donation of $100 or more will receive a raffle ticket, drawing will be held on December 18, 2020.
For more information visit:
https://www.sdautomuseum.org/raffle

11/26/2020
You can still support the museum while we are temporarily closed!With any donation of $100 or more you will receive a co...
11/16/2020

You can still support the museum while we are temporarily closed!
With any donation of $100 or more you will receive a complimentary raffle ticket for the 1968 Dodge Coronet!
For more information visit https://www.sdautomuseum.org/raffle or call (619) 398-0307.
1:3,500 to win; maximum of 3,500 tickets will be sold. Ends December 18, 2020

Our Mission is to tell the story of the social and technological past, present, and future of motorized vehicles throughout its collections, exhibitions, and educational programs.

San Diego Automotive Museum is an IRS 501 (c) (3) Organization.
Tax ID # 33-0147359

FOLLOWING GUIDELINES SET FORTH BY THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA, THE MUSEUM WILL BE CLOSED STARTING SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 14, 202...
11/12/2020

FOLLOWING GUIDELINES SET FORTH BY THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA, THE MUSEUM WILL BE CLOSED STARTING SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 14, 2020.

Explore our website and connect with us here and on Instagram and Twitter.
sdautomuseum.org

We thank and recognize our Veterans today and every day. free admission to Veterans today, Thank You for your service!10...
11/11/2020

We thank and recognize our Veterans today and every day.

free admission to Veterans today, Thank You for your service!
10 am to 4pm
last admission 3:30 pm

The Shifting Gears Car Rally was held this October 10th and it was a great event! The Rally was a sell out with over 140...
11/10/2020

The Shifting Gears Car Rally was held this October 10th and it was a great event! The Rally was a sell out with over 140 cars and over 280 participants. Thank you to all the participants!

For event photos please visit:
https://gatesphotography.morephotos.net/Collections/468550
https://jbaspeedshop.com/n-12598-shifting-gears-car-rally-at-jba-speed-shop.html

We still have raffle tickets available for the 1968 Dodge Coronet! To learn more please visit our web page at www.sdautomuseum.org/raffle.

Great News, we have added Wednesday to our opening days!Stop by and visit and view the second part of That 70’s Car Show...
11/04/2020

Great News, we have added Wednesday to our opening days!
Stop by and visit and view the second part of That 70’s Car Show.

Wednesday to Sunday
10 am to 4 pm
Last admission at 3:30 pm

Clyde is known for his letter to Henry Ford praising the quality of the Ford V8."Dear Sir: While I still have got breath...
10/23/2020

Clyde is known for his letter to Henry Ford praising the quality of the Ford V8.
"Dear Sir:
While I still have got breath in my lungs I will tell you what a dandy car you make. I have drove Fords exclusively when I could get away with one. For sustained speed and freedom from trouble the Ford has got every other car skinned and even if my business hasen't been strictly legal it don't hurt any thing to tell you what a fine car you got in the V8.
Yours truly,
Clyde Champion Barrow"

Bonnie Elizabeth Parker and Clyde Chestnut Barrow were an American criminal couple who traveled the Central United State...
10/23/2020

Bonnie Elizabeth Parker and Clyde Chestnut Barrow were an American criminal couple who traveled the Central United States with their gang during the Great Depression.
What car was Clyde Barrow a fan of?

San Diego Automotive Museum's cover photo
10/20/2020

San Diego Automotive Museum's cover photo

10/19/2020
Dodge Coronet Raffle

For a limited time, any donation of $100 or more will receive a complementary raffle ticket for the 1968 Dodge Coronet Raffle!
Visit https://www.sdautomuseum.org/raffle

Exceptional ground-up restoration with a subtly modified 440" V8 and other muscle upgrades. Ready for show, cruise, or club drags!
1:3,500 to win; maximum of 3,500 tickets will be sold.
Raffle runs from September 1, 2020 - December 18, 2020.

A special thanks to all the participants of the Shifting Gears Car Rally! It was a wonderful and sold out event and we c...
10/14/2020

A special thanks to all the participants of the Shifting Gears Car Rally! It was a wonderful and sold out event and we could not have done it without your support. We will be posting pictures soon.

For a limited time, any donation of $100 or more will receive a complementary raffle ticket for the 1968 Dodge Coronet R...
10/07/2020

For a limited time, any donation of $100 or more will receive a complementary raffle ticket for the 1968 Dodge Coronet Raffle!
Visit https://www.sdautomuseum.org/raffle

Exceptional ground-up restoration with a subtly modified 440" V8 and other muscle upgrades. Ready for show, cruise, or club drags!
1:3,500 to win; maximum of 3,500 tickets will be sold.
Raffle runs from September 1, 2020 - December 18, 2020.

10/02/2020

Get ready for a month of fun! This October, kids 12 and under will get into the museum for free with an accompanying paid adult admission.
For more information visit sandiegomuseumcouncil.org
#kidsfree #october #kidsfreeoctober #balboapark #sandiego #sandiegoautomotivemuseum

Yes, you can win this 1968 Dodge Coronet while supporting the San Diego Automotive Museum!Exceptional ground-up restorat...
09/28/2020

Yes, you can win this 1968 Dodge Coronet while supporting the San Diego Automotive Museum!
Exceptional ground-up restoration with a subtly modified 440" V8 and other muscle upgrades!

$100 per ticket
Purchase tickets at museum Thursday - Sunday 10am to 4pm or by calling (619) 398-0307

1:3,500 to win; maximum of 3,500 tickets will be sold.
September 1, 2020 - December 18, 2020.
For more information visit the event page! https://www.sdautomuseum.org/rally

The "Shifting Gears" Car Rally is SOLD OUT. We are excited and look forward to a great time with everyone who will atten...
09/25/2020

The "Shifting Gears" Car Rally is SOLD OUT. We are excited and look forward to a great time with everyone who will attend!
There are still great ways to support the San Diego Automotive Museum. Purchase your raffle tickets today at https://www.sdautomuseum.org/raffle to win a 1968 Dodge Coronet! Or show your support by becoming a SDAM Member. Learn more at https://www.sdautomuseum.org/memberships.

09/24/2020

We are closed for the day due to a construction water pipe burst. We anticipate opening tomorrow. Our apologies for any inconvenience.

72 years ago today, Honda was founded by Soichiro Honda in Hammatsu, Japan. By the 1960’s Honda had received worldwide r...
09/24/2020

72 years ago today, Honda was founded by Soichiro Honda in Hammatsu, Japan. By the 1960’s Honda had received worldwide recognition for excellent motorcycle performance. Over the next decades Honda expanded into different markets including automobiles, power equipment, marine and aircraft motors. One man’s vision has resulted in Honda, The Power of Dreams.

Today September 23rd we celebrate the birthday of Alfieri Maserati. Born on this day in 1887 in Voghera, Italy,  he beca...
09/23/2020

Today September 23rd we celebrate the birthday of Alfieri Maserati. Born on this day in 1887 in Voghera, Italy, he became an automotive engineer and race car driver known for establishing and running Maserati for the first 18 years. Working along with his brothers, Carlo, Bindo, Ettore, Mario and Ernesto, the company became collectively known as The Maserati Brothers. Maserati became known as a sports luxury automobile manufacturer. In 2014 Maserati honored him with the Maserati Alfieri, 2014 Geneva Motor Show concept car, to celebrate Maserati’s centennial.

Today is Residents Free Tuesday! We are open today from 10 am - 4 pm and last admission is at 3:45 pm.                  ...
09/22/2020

Today is Residents Free Tuesday! We are open today from 10 am - 4 pm and last admission is at 3:45 pm. For more information visit https://sdautomuseum.org/

Win this 1968 Dodge Coronet while supporting the San Diego Automotive Museum!Exceptional ground-up restoration with a su...
09/19/2020

Win this 1968 Dodge Coronet while supporting the San Diego Automotive Museum!
Exceptional ground-up restoration with a subtly modified 440" V8 and other muscle upgrades!

$100 per ticket
Purchase tickets at museum Thursday - Sunday 10am to 4pm or by calling (619) 398-0307
1:3,500 to win; maximum of 3,500 tickets will be sold.
September 1, 2020 - December 18, 2020.

For more information visit the event page! https://www.sdautomuseum.org/rally

Thank you to everyone who came to our reopening yesterday!We will be open Thursday - Sunday 10 am to 4:00 pm with a last...
09/18/2020

Thank you to everyone who came to our reopening yesterday!
We will be open Thursday - Sunday 10 am to 4:00 pm with a last admission of 3:30 pm

Be part of the ‘Shifting Gears Rally’ on October 10, 2020 and buy your ticket now at https://www.sdautomuseum.org/rally Limited quantities are going fast! $50 and $90 tickets are available and remember registration is open to all car and motorcycle makes!

We are now open!! Due to popular demand That 70s Car Show has been extended with a new fleet of retro cars, so bring you...
09/17/2020

We are now open!! Due to popular demand That 70s Car Show has been extended with a new fleet of retro cars, so bring you face mask and social distance!

Remember that due to the Palisades construction in front of the museum the parking lot is closed, however parking will be available throughout Balboa Park. We have set up a new temporary entrance on the north side of the building through the rollup door (this is where the vehicles would normally roll in!).

All staff, volunteers, and guests are required to wear a face covering or mask (that covers the mouth and nose) while in the museum
We will frequently clean high-touch areas
Hand sanitizer stations will be available for your convenience
Social distancing of a 6-foot distance from visitors not in their party will be in effect
Museum capacity will be limited to make safe distancing easier

73 years ago, on September 16, 1947, the Cisitalia 202 designed by Carrozzeria Pininfarina was introduced at the Fiera d...
09/16/2020

73 years ago, on September 16, 1947, the Cisitalia 202 designed by Carrozzeria Pininfarina was introduced at the Fiera de Milano, Italy. This amazingly stylized car was a real work of art, only 170 were produced between 1947 and 1952, and most cars were coachbuilt by Pinin Farina himself. In 2002 MOMA held AUTObodies: speed, sport, transport featuring automobile with outstanding aesthetic qualities and because they are historically and culturally influential designs. For more information visit https://www.moma.org/interactives/exhibitions/2002/autobodies/cisitalia.html

We are thrilled to welcome you back to the museum on Thursday, September 17, 2020!SDAM is committed to ensuring your vis...
09/16/2020

We are thrilled to welcome you back to the museum on Thursday, September 17, 2020!

SDAM is committed to ensuring your visit to the Museum is a safe one and we will be following protocol established by the State and County for a safe public reopening. For information regarding what we are doing to keep you safe visit our website https://www.sdautomuseum.org/covid19-reopening

Due to popular demand That 70s Car Show has been extended with a new fleet of retro cars! Exhibit ends January 16, 2020.

Remember that due to the Palisades construction in front of the museum the parking lot is closed, however parking will be available throughout Balboa Park. We have set up a new temporary entrance on the north side of the building through the rollup door (this is where the vehicles would normally roll in!).

Win this 1968 Dodge Coronet while supporting the San Diego Automotive Museum! Exceptional ground-up restoration with a s...
09/14/2020

Win this 1968 Dodge Coronet while supporting the San Diego Automotive Museum!

Exceptional ground-up restoration with a subtly modified 440" V8 and other muscle upgrades!

$100 per ticket
Purchase tickets by calling (619) 398-0307
1:3,500 to win; maximum of 3,500 tickets will be sold.
September 1, 2020 - December 18, 2020.

For more information visit the event page! https://www.sdautomuseum.org/rally

Address

2080 Pan American Plz
San Diego, CA
92101

Opening Hours

Thursday 10:00 - 16:00
Friday 10:00 - 16:00
Saturday 10:00 - 16:00
Sunday 10:00 - 16:00

Telephone

(619) 231-2886

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Mission Statement:

The Mission of the San Diego Automotive Museum is to tell the story of the social and technological past, present, and future of motorized vehicles throughout its collections, exhibitions, educational programs.

The original idea of creating an automotive museum in Balboa Park came from Briggs Cunningham, a renowned automobile collector and racer. The idea circulated for many years until an inspired group of local automotive enthusiasts propelled the idea forward. In 1979, the San Diego City Council first considered the issue and in 1980 they gave unanimous approval to the museum and granted a long term lease for one of the historic buildings in the jewel of San Diego - Balboa Park.

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