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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We’ve seen some cool cars on the road here in Sunny San Diego, drive those classics and stay safe!
06/17/2020

We’ve seen some cool cars on the road here in Sunny San Diego, drive those classics and stay safe!

Happy Father’s Day!To help celebrate the joy fathers bring to our lives, we are having free admission for dads on dad’s ...
06/17/2020

Happy Father’s Day!
To help celebrate the joy fathers bring to our lives, we are having free admission for dads on dad’s special day! We hope you enjoy the museum with your dad, especially if he loves cars and or motorcycles! *free admission for dad with a paid full admission



Here is a picture of my father, Gustavo, on his 1949 Oldsmobile Rocket 88 Convertible. You can’t tell it from the pictures, but this beauty was red and my father loved it dearly with its 303 cubic inch V8. Some would argue the ’49 Rocket 88 was the first muscle car as it really was a rocket for the time and one of the fastest cars on the road. The genius behind this larger engine was Charles Kettering. The 1949 Oldsmobile was the official pace car for the Indy 500 in 1949 and won several NASCAR divisions that year.

---Pandora Paul, Curator, San Diego Automotive Museum

Firing It Up The Museum with the ninth video of the series!Hang out with us while we do some behind the scenes work. A s...
06/16/2020

Firing It Up The Museum with the ninth video of the series!

Hang out with us while we do some behind the scenes work. A special thanks to our exhibitors for sharing their vehicles and being part of the museum. Special Guest appearances: 1975 AMC Gremlin X with Levi's from the Dennis Duca and David Peck.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GmG6Qp-s474

We will be reopening on June 19, 2020! Temporarily we will be closed on Mondays and open Tuesday through Sunday from 11a...
06/16/2020

We will be reopening on June 19, 2020! Temporarily we will be closed on Mondays and open Tuesday through Sunday from 11am to 4 pm. For everyone’s safety, our staff will be cleaning throughout the day and face masks will be required for all staff and visitors ages 3 and up.
Check out our website for more information: https://sdautomuseum.org/

06/12/2020

The sixth video in our series entitled What’s Under The Tarp is up on YouTube!! Have you ever seen a covered car and wondered…“What’s Under The Tarp?” Follow us on our journey to discover what vintage classic is beneath those layers of cotton.
https://www.youtube.com/user/sdautomuseum

Charles Richard Patterson was born into slavery in 1833. In 1862 he escaped and settled in Ohio and learned the skills o...
06/12/2020

Charles Richard Patterson was born into slavery in 1833. In 1862 he escaped and settled in Ohio and learned the skills of a blacksmith. He found work in the carriage making trade, where he developed a reputation for building a high a quality product. By 1873, he formed a business partnership with another carriage maker in town and around 1893, he eventually became the sole owner and renamed the company to C.R. Patterson & Sons.
At first, the company offered repair and restoration services for the “horseless carriages” that were beginning to proliferate on the streets of Greenfield, Ohio. By 1915, it announced the availability of Patterson-Greenfield automobile at a price of $685. Patterson’s company is considered the world’s first and only African American owned and operated automobile company.
For more information check out this link: https://nmaahc.si.edu/blog-post/only-african-american-automobile-company

06/11/2020
Fast and Furious Trivia

Welcome to our FB Live Trivia, with hostess Annie! Join us and have some fun ! Use this link to submit you final score https://forms.gle/usxgVXMwoNzERVN88

Great News! Last week we received news from the County of San Diego that we can move forward with our reopening plan and welcoming you, guys back on June 19, 2020! From June 19, 2020, we will temporarily be closed on Mondays and will be open Tuesday through Sunday from 11am to 4 pm. For everyone’s safety, our staff will be cleaning throughout the day and face masks will be required for all staff and visitors ages 3 and up. Check out our website for more information: https://sdautomuseum.org/

We have some great news for you guys! Last week we received news from the County of San Diego that we can move forward w...
06/11/2020

We have some great news for you guys! Last week we received news from the County of San Diego that we can move forward with our reopening plan and welcoming you, guys back on June 19, 2020! From June 19, 2020, we will temporarily be closed on Mondays and will be open Tuesday through Sunday from 11am to 4 pm. For everyone’s safety, our staff will be cleaning throughout the day and face masks will be required for all staff and visitors ages 3 and up.

Check out our website for more information: https://sdautomuseum.org/

Firing It Up The Museum with the eighth video of the series!Hang out with us while we do some behind the scenes work. A ...
06/10/2020

Firing It Up The Museum with the eighth video of the series!

Hang out with us while we do some behind the scenes work. A special thanks to our exhibitors for sharing their vehicles and being part of the museum. Special Guest appearances: 1949 Chevrolet Fleetline Deluxe from the San Diego Automotive Museum Collection.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EBhA7S4LFVg

Join us on Facebook for our live trivia this Thursday at 2pm!
06/10/2020

Join us on Facebook for our live trivia this Thursday at 2pm!

We see you. We hear you. We stand against racism. The San Diego Automotive Museum is saddened by the reminder that our c...
06/09/2020

We see you. We hear you. We stand against racism.

The San Diego Automotive Museum is saddened by the reminder that our country is still struggling with racism and injustice. We will continue to stand in support of racial equality, in all areas of society. We value all our employees, volunteers, trustees, stakeholders, and visitors regardless of race.


Upholding the values of inclusion, diversity, equity, and accessibility are important - we will continue to listen and work together to create an experience that is safe and welcoming for everyone, always.

We stand in solidarity with our community yesterday, today, and every day forward.
Black Lives Matter.

#MuseumsAreNotNeutral #blackouttuesday
06/02/2020

#MuseumsAreNotNeutral #blackouttuesday

Did you know that Nissan Motor Company was founded today in 1934?! In April 1935 Nissan produced its first Datsun at its...
06/01/2020

Did you know that Nissan Motor Company was founded today in 1934?! In April 1935 Nissan produced its first Datsun at its Yokohama plant. By 1960, Nissan became the first Japanese automaker to win the Deming Prize for engineering excellence.
Photo: classic car catalogue

05/29/2020
What's Under The Tarp

The fifth video in our series entitled What’s Under The Tarp is up on YouTube!! Have you ever seen a covered car and wondered…“What’s Under The Tarp?” Follow us on our journey to discover what vintage classic is beneath those layers of cotton.
https://www.youtube.com/user/sdautomuseum

05/28/2020
The Fabulous 50's Trivia

Welcome to our FB Live Trivia, with hostess Ana! Join us and have some fun while we get the hang of this. You will need a pen or pencil and a paper to keep track of your answers. It’s 1 point per correct answer and it’s on the honor system. Click on the forms link, share to your results and give us feedback. So, let’s have some fun!
https://forms.gle/usxgVXMwoNzERVN88

Over the years we have received numerous photographs and unfortunately many have not been labeled. We still treasure the...
05/27/2020

Over the years we have received numerous photographs and unfortunately many have not been labeled. We still treasure these, for a picture is worth a thousand words.

San Diego as well as many cities in Southern California became known for racing. Here in San Diego we had Balboa Stadium, Cajon Speedway, Torrey Pines Road Races and San Marcos Speedway to name a few. Share your racing stories below!

Thank you to our participants and hope everyone who saw That Rolling 70’s Car Show enjoyed it! We will be posing picture...
05/27/2020

Thank you to our participants and hope everyone who saw That Rolling 70’s Car Show enjoyed it! We will be posing pictures and video soon!

Join us on Facebook for our live trivia this Thursday at 2pm!
05/27/2020

Join us on Facebook for our live trivia this Thursday at 2pm!

Firing It Up The Museum with the seventh video of the series!Hang out with us while we do some behind the scenes work. A...
05/26/2020

Firing It Up The Museum with the seventh video of the series!

Hang out with us while we do some behind the scenes work. A special thanks to our exhibitors for sharing their vehicles and being part of the museum. Special Guest appearances: 1970 Honda N600 on loan from Anthony Pacheco. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9xOGgobR3i8

05/23/2020

The fourth video in our series entitled What’s Under The Tarp is up on YouTube!! Have you ever seen a covered car and wondered ... “What’s Under The Tarp?” Follow is on our journey to discover what vintage classic is https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=n1bl3dbDMH8 beneath those layers of cotton.

That Rolling 70’s Car Show will be coming to your neighborhood on May 22nd around 10:30am-11:30am!Here is the location w...
05/21/2020

That Rolling 70’s Car Show will be coming to your neighborhood on May 22nd around 10:30am-11:30am!
Here is the location we are cruising through; we will be arriving approximately these time…
10:45am, Upas and 30th
10:50am, Landis and Wightman
11:00am, 39th
11:05am, Van Dyke
11:15am, East Talmage and East Mt. View
11:20am, Adams
11:28am, Park

05/21/2020
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That Rolling 70’s Car Show will be coming to your neighborhood on May 22nd around 10:30am-11:30am!Here is the location w...
05/20/2020

That Rolling 70’s Car Show will be coming to your neighborhood on May 22nd around 10:30am-11:30am!
Here is the location we are cruising through; we will be arriving approximately these time…
10:45am, Upas and 30th
10:50am, Landis and Wightman
11:00am, 39th
11:05am, Van Dyke
11:15am, East Talmage and East Mt. View
11:20am, Adams
11:28am, Park

Featured on Archive Spotlight album cover details:                                                                      ...
05/20/2020

Featured on Archive Spotlight album cover details:
T. Rex Electric Warrior from 1971, Led Zeppelin IV from 19971 and The Doors Morrison Hotel from 1970.

Why 70’s Albums?
In That 70’s Car Show exhibition we feature different types of memorabilia to shed some light about the 70’s decade. Disco music and subgenres of rock were on the rise such as glam rock, hard rock, art rock, punk and even country began to have sub genres for example outlaw country. The 70’s was an exciting time for music with the development of electronics like synthesizers and harmonizers which became instrumental in the development of reggae, hip hop, new wave and more.
So, let’s play some records and listen to some tunes!
What are some of your favorite 70’s bands? Comment bellow!

05/20/2020
Thursday Trivia

Join us on Facebook for our live trivia this Thursday at 2pm!

That Rolling 70’s Car Show will be coming to your neighborhood on May 22nd around 10:30am-11:30am!Here is the location w...
05/20/2020

That Rolling 70’s Car Show will be coming to your neighborhood on May 22nd around 10:30am-11:30am!
Here is the location we are cruising through; we will be arriving approximately of these time…
10:45am, Upas and 30th
10:50am, Landis and Wightman
11:00am, 39th
11:05am, Van Dyke
11:15am, East Talmage and East Mt. View
11:20am, Adams
11:28am, Park

That Rolling 70’s Car Show will be coming to your neighborhood on May 22 around 10:30am. Stay tuned for more updates.
05/19/2020

That Rolling 70’s Car Show will be coming to your neighborhood on May 22 around 10:30am. Stay tuned for more updates.

Firing It Up The Museum with the sixth video of the series! Hang out with us while we do some behind the scenes work. A ...
05/19/2020

Firing It Up The Museum with the sixth video of the series!

Hang out with us while we do some behind the scenes work. A special thanks to our exhibitors for sharing their vehicles and being part of the museum. Special Guest appearances: 1971 Datsun 240Z Restomod badged as a Fairlady Z on loan from Hunter Hayes. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oVIxW8SpvB4

Coming soon to your streets: That Rolling 70's Car Show. Stay tune for more update!
05/19/2020

Coming soon to your streets: That Rolling 70's Car Show. Stay tune for more update!

On this day in 1958, Maria Teresa De Filippis became the first woman to dive in a Formula One event! The event was held ...
05/18/2020

On this day in 1958, Maria Teresa De Filippis became the first woman to dive in a Formula One event! The event was held at Monaco Grand Prix, where she made her debut with Maserati and made 16th place.

For more of the story check this link: https://www.influx.co.uk/people/maria-teresa-de-filippis/
photo: grandprix247

We're not driving much,  but we've noticed some rad rides on the road again!
05/18/2020

We're not driving much, but we've noticed some rad rides on the road again!

05/15/2020
What's Under The Tarp

The third video in our series entitled What’s Under The Tarp is up on YouTube!! Have you ever seen a covered car and wondered…“What’s Under The Tarp?” Follow us on our journey to discover what vintage classic is beneath those layers of cotton. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SFEAo5xd3_w

In 1914, E.G. “Cannonball” Baker finished a transcontinental motorcycle ride from San Diego to New York. In a post card ...
05/15/2020

In 1914, E.G. “Cannonball” Baker finished a transcontinental motorcycle ride from San Diego to New York. In a post card that Baker wrote to William Waking:
Dear Friend Waking:
Am leaving San Diego, Cal., May 3. Will wire you just before my arrival at Richmond and ask you to assist in guiding me through your city. I’m making an effort to break transcontinental record which stands 20 days, 9 hours, one minute. Such assistance would keep me from losing time.
Yours truly,
E.G. Baker

He spent about 276 hours aboard a two-speed Indian motorcycle. By May 15 E.G. “Cannonball” Baker arrived in New York City breaking the transcontinental record just under nine days.
For more information check this link: https://www.in.gov/history/markers/4381.htm

photo: wikipedia

05/14/2020
Famous Cars Trivia

Welcome to our FB Live Trivia, with hostess Ana! Join us and have some fun while we get the hang of this. You will need a pen or pencil and a paper to keep track of your answers. It’s 1 point per correct answer and it’s on the honor system. Click on the forms link, share to your results and give us feedback. So, let’s have some fun!
https://forms.gle/usxgVXMwoNzERVN88

Address

2080 Pan American Plz
San Diego, CA
92101

Opening Hours

Monday 10:00 - 17:00
Tuesday 10:00 - 17:00
Wednesday 10:00 - 17:00
Thursday 10:00 - 17:00
Friday 10:00 - 17:00
Saturday 10:00 - 17:00
Sunday 10:00 - 17:00

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.

After spending approximately $1 million renovating and upgrading the building, the San Diego Automotive Museum opened in December of 1988. Since then millions of local auto enthusiasts and tourists from all over the world have visited our world-class collection. Today the museum stands as a living tribute to the automobile and what it has meant to our culture.

The San Diego Automotive Museum is a non-profit corporation under section 501(c)(3).

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