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.

Ever imagined what an automotive museum would have in its garage? Now you don't have to! The San Diego Automotive Museum...
06/06/2019

Ever imagined what an automotive museum would have in its garage? Now you don't have to! The San Diego Automotive Museum will be having a garage sale on June 08, Saturday at our storage facility in National City.

The garage sale starts at 8am and ends at 2pm. For more information please check: https://sdautomuseum.org/event/serious-garage-sale

A huge THANK YOU to our wonderful interns for their outstanding contributions to the museum. Many of their concepts and ...
06/04/2019

A huge THANK YOU to our wonderful interns for their outstanding contributions to the museum. Many of their concepts and posts have been featured in our Intern Tuesday posts. We hope nothing but the best for them in their future endeavors!
If you are interested in interning at the museum, feel free to check out our website https://sdautomuseum.org/internships for more information.
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06/03/2019
San Diego Automotive Museum

Just a reminder we are in the midst of exhibit change. We will be closed on June 4th and 5th while we continue to perfect our next exhibit. We will be partially open June 3, 6 & 7 with half-priced admission for the permanent side of our museum. Please note our exhibit change dates and check out website for more information: http://sdautomuseum.org/calendar/month/201906
The new exhibit is "Vision vs. Reality" will open June 8th!

Regular Hours Open daily 10am - 5pm Last Admission at 4:30pm (entry closes ) Holiday Hours 2080 Pan American Plaza San Diego CA 92101 619.231.2886 Admissions Adults $12 Seniors 65 and older $8 Military with ID $8 Students with ID $8 Youth 6 – 15 years old $6 Children 5 and under Free Media (new....

06/02/2019
Icon Exhibit Time Lapse

Want to know what it takes to install our special exhibits? Take a look at our time lapse video from when we were setting up our ICONS exhibit that was in our museum February 2nd- June 1st, 2019. Here you can see the creative functions that will be taking place this that week to set up our next exhibit Vision vs. Reality which opens June 8th.
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Today is the last day to see our ICONS exhibit, and a big thanks to everyone who visited. We are open 7 days a week, 10a...
06/01/2019

Today is the last day to see our ICONS exhibit, and a big thanks to everyone who visited. We are open 7 days a week, 10am-5pm, and last admission is at 4:30pm.

Just a reminder, exhibit change starts tomorrow June 2nd and goes until June 7th.
Please note during exhibit change we are half price and only the permanent collection is available for viewing. We will be closed June 4th and 5th to perfect our exhibit. Please check out website for more information: http://sdautomuseum.org/calendar/month

The new exhibit is "Vision vs. Reality" will open June 8th!

It's the fourth Tuesday of the month, which means our permanent exhibit is free and our special exhibit including our ki...
05/28/2019

It's the fourth Tuesday of the month, which means our permanent exhibit is free and our special exhibit including our kids section is only $2 for San Diego County Residents as well as Military. We are open today from 10am-4pm and last admission is at 3:45pm. Guest are regular admission. You can check out our admission prices on our website https://sdautomuseum.org/.
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We want to thank everyone who has enjoyed our ICONS exhibit. It's a bittersweet time for us with the ICONS exhibit so cl...
05/25/2019

We want to thank everyone who has enjoyed our ICONS exhibit. It's a bittersweet time for us with the ICONS exhibit so close to its ending. Last chance to see our ICONS exhibit is June 1st. We would also like to thank all our wonderful exhibitors for allowing us to display their beautiful cars in our museum.
After June 1st we will be working on setting up our next exhibit which will open on June 8th. So please come on down to enjoy the ICONS exhibit while you can. We are open 7 days a week, 10am to 5pm, and last admission is at 4:30pm.
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GUESS THAT CAR Can you guess which car this is?Here are some clues:•             It was manufactured in the 1950’s•     ...
05/21/2019

GUESS THAT CAR
Can you guess which car this is?
Here are some clues:
• It was manufactured in the 1950’s
• It’s a Ford Vehicle
• It was the second mass produced U.S sports car
• This car is one of the vehicles in our Icons exhibit.
If you want to take a guess please put your answer in the comments.

Still don’t know? Want to know more? Come on by to the San Diego Automotive Museum to see this car while it’s still here. Our Icons exhibit is only here till June 1st, 2019.For more information about our museum please feel free to check out our website just click the link: https://sdautomuseum.org/

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National Photography Month was officially recognized by the Congress in May 1987. This is a time to celebrate photograph...
05/18/2019

National Photography Month was officially recognized by the Congress in May 1987. This is a time to celebrate photography as an art form. Why not take this time to come to the San Diego Automotive Museum and take some photographs of our collection?

This is the 1949 Triumph TR5 Trophy 500 Custom used by Henry “Fonzie” Winkler on “Happy Days”. It is one of three used in the filming of the TV series.
Come take a picture with a cut out version of Fonzie … and the actual motorcycle.

We are open 7 days a week, 10am-5pm, and last admission is at 4:30pm.
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Come and see the Icons exhibit before they leave on June 1st, 2019. This 1970 Datsun 240Z is iconic because it introduce...
05/11/2019

Come and see the Icons exhibit before they leave on June 1st, 2019.

This 1970 Datsun 240Z is iconic because it introduced Japanese sports car to the United States. Nissan, under the name of Datsun, began making sports cars in 1961 with roadsters such as the Fairlady 1500 and the Datsun 2000. The 240Z reached iconic status in the public eye and established Japanese vehicles as a “true” sports cars. It was a unique marvel of design, affordability, reliability, and high performance that was a viable alternative to expensive European imports.
We are open 7 days a week, 10am-5pm, and last admission is at 4:30 pm.
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It’s National Photograph Month! This is a time to celebrate photography as an art form. Why not take this time to come t...
05/04/2019

It’s National Photograph Month!

This is a time to celebrate photography as an art form. Why not take this time to come to the San Diego Automotive Museum and take some photographs of our collection. This is 1909 International Harvester. This car was once known as the “All Purpose Vehicle”. You can take a picture inside of this car but just be careful! Don’t forget to tag us with your picture!!

We are open 7 days a week, 10am-5pm, and last admission is at 4:30pm.
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This drag bike is the Kawasaki Ninja H2R supercharger and was hand made in 2016 by Drag racing champion Ricky Gadson. Su...
04/30/2019

This drag bike is the Kawasaki Ninja H2R supercharger and was hand made in 2016 by Drag racing champion Ricky Gadson. Surprisingly, only 35 HRs were built and this is the only modified with added Adam swing arms.
(This post is brought to you by the museum interns.)
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We love it when our exhibitors visit us! Over the weekend, Ken Whitney visited us in his beautiful car, “the Rusty Demon...
04/29/2019

We love it when our exhibitors visit us! Over the weekend, Ken Whitney visited us in his beautiful car, “the Rusty Demon.” He has was featured in our Rat Rod and Steampunk exhibitions. We hope to have his cars or artwork in future exhibitions.
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San Diego Automotive Museum will be closed April 28th for Balboa Park's 30th annual Earth Fair! You may not be able to t...
04/27/2019

San Diego Automotive Museum will be closed April 28th for Balboa Park's 30th annual Earth Fair! You may not be able to tour our permanent and special collections but check out the Earth Fair website for details and come down between 10 am - 5 pm and enjoy the largest free environmental fair around. https://buff.ly/2Kw6cjL

As this is Marvel Weekend, let us introduce you to our Captain America.This is 1969 Easy Rider "Captain America" Studio ...
04/27/2019

As this is Marvel Weekend, let us introduce you to our Captain America.

This is 1969 Easy Rider "Captain America" Studio Bike.
This custom "Captain America" Harley Davidson Chopper is from the movie Easy Rider. It is just as iconic as the film's stars, and an icon of motorcycle culture. Come see this Easy Rider for yourself.

The Icons exhibit runs until June 1st, 2019. We are open 7 days a week, 10am-5pm, and last admission is at 4:30.

Just a reminder we will be closed on Sunday due to Earth Fair.
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Today is Arbor Day and we are lucky to be located in beautiful Balboa Park home of thousands of trees. Kate sessions mad...
04/26/2019

Today is Arbor Day and we are lucky to be located in beautiful Balboa Park home of thousands of trees. Kate sessions made it her goal to plant 100 trees every year in exchange for 32 acres of land to be used as a plant nursery. In 1935 she was named "The Mother of Balboa Park". Many of her trees can still be found in Balboa Park today. We are proud to be a part of the one park, one team.
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Throwback Thursday to when the San Diego Automotive Museum was at the Goodguys Rod & Custom Association event and La Jol...
04/25/2019

Throwback Thursday to when the San Diego Automotive Museum was at the Goodguys Rod & Custom Association event and La Jolla Concours d'Elegance.

We would like to thank all of you who came out!

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It's the fourth Tuesday of the month, which means our permanent exhibit is free and our special exhibit including our ki...
04/23/2019

It's the fourth Tuesday of the month, which means our permanent exhibit is free and our special exhibit including our kids section is only $2 for San Diego County Residents as well as Military. We are open today from 10am-4pm and last admission is at 3:45pm. Guest are regular admission. You can check out our admission prices on our website https://sdautomuseum.org/
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Happy Earth Day from one of our more earth friendly cars the Tango. The Tango was able to be fully changed within 3 hour...
04/22/2019

Happy Earth Day from one of our more earth friendly cars the Tango. The Tango was able to be fully changed within 3 hours. It was known as the electric sports car. Come see it in our museum.
We are open 7 days a week, from 10am-5pm, and last admission is at 4:30pm.

04/21/2019

We are OPEN EASTER SUNDAY!
The San Diego Automotive Museum will be open our regular hours from 10am-5pm and last admission is at 4:30.
No eggs or bunnies here, but we have some awesome cars!
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Happy Volunteer Recognition Day.Thank you to all the volunteers that serve our San Diego community! You make such a big ...
04/20/2019

Happy Volunteer Recognition Day.
Thank you to all the volunteers that serve our San Diego community! You make such a big difference, and your efforts are so important and appreciated! A special thank you to all the San Diego Automotive Museum volunteers who make our mission possible by sharing their time, talent, and expertise!

If you would like to become a volunteer at the San Diego Automotive Museum please contact Faye at 619-398-0307 or [email protected]
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This 1963 Corvette Stingray was introduced as the dream car and to many it still is. For most Corvette collectors this i...
04/19/2019

This 1963 Corvette Stingray was introduced as the dream car and to many it still is.
For most Corvette collectors this is one of the most desired Corvette models as for only one year was the split window and hidden headlights a feature.
This one on exhibit in our Icons exhibit is nicknamed the Pheonix as this car suffered an engine fire and had to have it's body fully restored. Come see this dreamy Pheonix for yourself.
Our Icons exhibit runs until June 1st, 2019. We are open 7 days a week, 10am-5pm, and last admission is at 4:30.

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The San Diego Automotive Museum will be part of The San Diego Museum Council's  Big Exchange this year! So now's a great...
04/18/2019

The San Diego Automotive Museum will be part of The San Diego Museum Council's Big Exchange this year! So now's a great time to become a member!

May 1st through May 18th all San Diego Automotive Museum members will be able to visit any participating Big Exchange organization just by showing their current membership card.

Become an SD Automotive Museum now and be ready to museum hop through the beginning of May!
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It's National High Five Day.The "High Five" is a celebratory slapping of hands atop raised arms. It's been a standard fo...
04/18/2019

It's National High Five Day.
The "High Five" is a celebratory slapping of hands atop raised arms. It's been a standard for celebration of sporting victories, special event, competitions and many other activities for decades.

Our take on the high five is a bit different at the San Diego Automotive Museum. Here’s our High Five (not in any particular order):
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The 1963 Studebaker Avanti R2 is an avant-garde design, aerodynamic and minimalistic. It doesn't have a conventional gri...
04/16/2019

The 1963 Studebaker Avanti R2 is an avant-garde design, aerodynamic and minimalistic. It doesn't have a conventional grille and has minimal chrome. It had a super charged option of up to 290HP. These cars caught the public’s attention and orders flooded in. The wait list along with delays hampered sales and the company shut the factory in 1963. (This post is brought to you by the museum interns.)
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Happy World Art Day. To many a car is just a means of transportation. For us it is art. Thus, we are an art museum, but ...
04/15/2019

Happy World Art Day.
To many a car is just a means of transportation. For us it is art. Thus, we are an art museum, but our art is not stationary. Our art moves. Every vehicle starts out as an idea, then a drawing or model, then a prototype, and then finally a finished vehicle. Every step is art. We see art in the rims, in the front grill, in the body shape, and in the fine detailing inside and out. We revel in the colors and shading and in their combination. It's fun to admire the final product, but one should also remember and respect the manner of its creation. It all starts with an idea. Then the idea is made real: art we can drive and use everyday.

Every San Diego Automotive Member enjoys:- Unlimited admission for 1 year (includes a guest pass), - Invitations to memb...
04/15/2019

Every San Diego Automotive Member enjoys:
- Unlimited admission for 1 year (includes a guest pass),
- Invitations to members-only special events and celebrations
- 10% discount in the museum store, museum library privileges,
- a annual subscription to "Auto Week Magazine"
Are you ready to join? https://buff.ly/2UWjWrW

Camilo Pardo, the man who designed the iconic 2005 re-creation and the 2002 GT40 concept that preceded it, was in our mu...
04/14/2019

Camilo Pardo, the man who designed the iconic 2005 re-creation and the 2002 GT40 concept that preceded it, was in our museum yesterday. Pardo was kind enough to sign the Ford GT we have on exhibit for the owner. This Ford GT sits on display in our Icons exhibit.
The Icons exhibit runs until June 1st. We are open 7 days a week, from 10am - 5pm, and last admission is at 4:30 pm.

La Jolla Concours d'Elegance will be held at Ellen Browning Scripps Park.Sunday, April 14 - 9:00am to 4:00pmWe will be i...
04/13/2019

La Jolla Concours d'Elegance will be held at Ellen Browning Scripps Park.

Sunday, April 14 - 9:00am to 4:00pm

We will be in the classic motorcycle section with our Steve McQueen 1973 Honda CR 250, feel free to stop by and say Hi.
For more information and tickets please visit: http://lajollaconcours.com/tickets

La Jolla Concours d'Elegance will be held at Ellen Browning Scripps Park.Sunday, April 14 - 9:00am to 4:00pmWe will be i...
04/11/2019

La Jolla Concours d'Elegance will be held at Ellen Browning Scripps Park.

Sunday, April 14 - 9:00am to 4:00pm

We will be in the classic motorcycle section with our Steve McQueen 1973 Honda CR 250, feel free to stop by and say Hi.
For more information and tickets please visit: http://lajollaconcours.com/tickets

Photo: MPKPhotos.com

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What's included:
Friday, April 12- Pacific Sothebys International Realty CONCOURS SOCIAL CLUB presented by THE LOT, Ferrari of San Diego and Viejas Casino & Resort
Saturday, April 13- Aston Martin San Diego A Night of Steampunk presented by Fraser Yachts & Raphael's Event Works
Sunday, April 14- La Jolla Concours d'Elegance VIP area presented by BizX

04/09/2019
Icons Show Change

Check out this time-lapse video of the changeover between our last exhibit and our current one:

Timelapse video of our show change from our 30th Anniversary Retrospective to Icons: Iconic Vehicles.

Our interns took these amazing photos from when the good guys cruised by our museum before heading to their Show in Del ...
04/09/2019

Our interns took these amazing photos from when the good guys cruised by our museum before heading to their Show in Del Mar last weekend.
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Cheers for CharityGet ready to have some fun! Join us for an excellent night on April 13th, 2019 at 6pm at the San Diego...
04/08/2019
CHEERS FOR CHARITY

Cheers for Charity

Get ready to have some fun!

Join us for an excellent night on April 13th, 2019 at 6pm at the San Diego Automotive Museum!

This private event will raise funds for Rady Children's Hospital Auxiliary Endowment for Neuroscience.

The event will feature live entertainment, delicious food, beer, wine, opportunity drawings, a spectacular wine wall, and creative mementos.

Please visit their official web page https://www.rchatierrasanta.com/cheers-for-charity.html for more information and to purchase your tickets.

Tickets are $50 each and you must be 21 or older to attend.

Please send inquiries to [email protected].

We look forward to enjoying a spectacular night with you on Saturday, April 13th!

2019 Cheers For Charity Click Here for More Information 6 p.m. on Saturday, April 13th San Diego Automotive Museum Click Here to Purchase Tickets MUST BE 21 TO ATTEND Can't make the...

Henry Ford passed away on April 7th 1947. He will always be a legend in Automotive history as he pushed the norm for car...
04/07/2019

Henry Ford passed away on April 7th 1947. He will always be a legend in Automotive history as he pushed the norm for car manufacturing. He also was known for making cars available for the middle class. Before Ford most cars were just expensive curiosities and unattainable for most people.
We have several Ford cars in our museum. Our oldest is the 1914 Ford Model T currently in our Plank Road exhibit.
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Here in my carI feel safest of allI can lock all my doorsIt's the only way to liveIn cars- Gary NumanApril is Poetry Mon...
04/06/2019

Here in my car
I feel safest of all
I can lock all my doors
It's the only way to live
In cars
- Gary Numan

April is Poetry Month and we love poems about cars. Many songs are poems with background music. So what is your favorite song to listen to when you are driving?

This beautiful dash is from our CEO's 1937 Ford Pickup that is currently at the Del Mar Fair Grounds for the Goodguys Rod & Custom Association car show. For more information about the car show please visit: www.good-guys.com

The Goodguys Rod & Custom Association visited our museum on Thursday before Cruising up to the Del Mar Fair Grounds for ...
04/05/2019

The Goodguys Rod & Custom Association visited our museum on Thursday before Cruising up to the Del Mar Fair Grounds for their car show.
The Car Show will be at the Del Mar Fair Ground:
• Friday, April 5 - 8:00am to 5:00pm
• Saturday, April 6 - 8:00am to 5:00pm
• Sunday, April 7 - 8:00am to 3:00pm

We will have our CEO's 1937 Ford Pickup just inside the O’Brien Gate during the run of the show and our volunteers will be distributing SDAM brochures so be sure to say Hi.

For more information and tickets please visit: www.good-guys.com

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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