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Ranked #1 Attraction in Carlsbad, California

Ranked #1 Attraction in Carlsbad, California

Often described as the hidden gem of San Diego, we are thrilled to again be identified as a TripAdvisor top attraction. To be #1 out of more than 150 competing for the top spot is a tribute to our dedicated guests who consistently rate us as a 5 star destination here...

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Introducing Thomas Garing

Introducing Thomas Garing

After years of admiring and collecting information on the 1960’s vintage P&H model 1015 crawler mounted crane, Tom built his own. He began by documenting his own detailed model design then went on to build a fully operational, radio-controlled 1/12 scale P&H...

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Kids Free San Diego

Kids Free San Diego

Kids Free San Diego comes again in October! Plan your next family adventure and enjoy limited time offers where kids eat, stay, and play for free. Kids 12 and under receive free admission at many art, cultural, and science museums and historical sites in San...

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L&L General Store by Loren Scheer

L&L General Store by Loren Scheer

Now on display at the museum, Loren’s General Store originally began life as a 4-room doll house over 40 years ago. While still under construction, his attention to detail was captured in the 1982 Spring edition of the Miniature Gazette, the official publication of...

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New Arrivals – 12 New Engines

New Arrivals – 12 New Engines

Now on display, 12 New engines from the Paul Knapp collection. Builders include Seidel, Hoagland, Howell, Riggle, Schindele, and Washburn. For a short time, we will be demonstrating the Schindele hit-n-miss Power Saw along with our other small engine demonstrations.

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Martin Foster’s Scratch built B-17G

Martin Foster’s Scratch built B-17G

10 years in the making, Martin recently delivered this exceptionally detailed model to the museum. He initially planned to build just the nose section but, in the end, decided to build the entire fuselage. Built to 1/20th scale, the fuselage is 50 inches long. All...

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Just Arrived – New Donald Riley Music Box

Just Arrived – New Donald Riley Music Box

The Toy Factory now on display at the museum is Donald’s latest Music Box creation. His journey started with plans he found at his local hardware store for a wooden toy train that he built for his one-year-old son. Eventually, Donald started designing his own Animated...

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Introducing Brian Jacobson, Miniature Knife Maker

Introducing Brian Jacobson, Miniature Knife Maker

Brian has been crafting fine quality miniature knives for over 15 years. All of his miniatures look just like a full-size knife. Brian creates each piece from the highest quality materials with extraordinary attention to detail. Read all about his work here and see...

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Blue Star Museums Summer ’22

Blue Star Museums Summer ’22

As part of Blue Star Museums, museums across the country offer free admission to active duty military personnel and their families this summer from Armed Forces Day, May 21, 2022, through Labor Day, September 5, 2022. Blue Star Museums is a collaboration among the...

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The Twin B fishing boat

The Twin B fishing boat

Built by Ellsworth Orr The actual Twin B fishing boat was built in 1978 by the Sea Way Boat Company in Long Beach, California for Wallace "Bud" Brown & Wilson "Bogie" Bogan. The Twin B was used for both sport fishing and commercial fishing for local fish markets...

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