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San Diego Automotive Museum

The Art of the Automobile!

Cruise into the San Diego Automotive Museum for an experience that will take you on an amazing journey of design, styling, and horsepower! With three extra rotating exhibits per year, the museum offers something for everyone. The signature exhibit on the permanent side of the gallery is Louie Mattar's Fabulous $75,000 Car, the vehicle that still holds the distance endurance record set in 1952. How did he do it? His adaptations of this car are truly amazing! It is complete with a washing machine, a stove, a refrigerator and a shower on the running board. Louie could also change the tires while the car was moving! The museum is also home to one of the finest Indian Motorcycle displays on the West Coast.

Neighborhood: Downtown

2080 Pan American Plaza
San Diego, CA 92101

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Contact Info

(619) 231-AUTO
info@sdautomuseum.org

Hours

Daily: 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM
(Last Admission is 4:30 PM)

Social

Events to check out

Event

GLORIOUS RAT RODS: DIAMONDS IN THE RUST

San Diego Automotive Museum
Mar 13 - Jun 3, 2018

A custom of rust. Instead of loathing rust and the degradations of time, as many do in the car scene, the Rat Rodder welcomes and embraces it. Time and life may have taken their toll, but Rats...

Event

THE BARN FIND

San Diego Automotive Museum
Mar 13, 2018 - ongoing

Finding a well preserved classic (or antique) car stored in a forgotten barn or warehouse is a common dream of collectors. It’s best when said car is in perfect condition and simply needs gas to...

Event

The Plank Road

San Diego Automotive Museum
Mar 15, 2018 - ongoing

Picture yourself back in 1918 trying to cross the burning desert of Imperial County. You reach the treacherous Imperial Sand Dunes and face the challenge of a seamless ocean of sand. With relief and...

Extra Cool Things to Know:

  • There is something here for everyone.
  • Three special exhibits throughout the year.
  • Free and ample parking in front of the building.
  • Fun for the whole family.

For the Kids:

  • A chance to play on a full-sized race car and a motorcycle.
  • Car-related movies playing all day long.
  • Coloring sheets that can be added to the "gallery."

More Information

  • Weddings
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Historic Landmark
  • Kid Friendly
  • Tours

Extra Cool Things to Know:

  • There is something here for everyone.
  • Three special exhibits throughout the year.
  • Free and ample parking in front of the building.
  • Fun for the whole family.

For the Kids:

  • A chance to play on a full-sized race car and a motorcycle.
  • Car-related movies playing all day long.
  • Coloring sheets that can be added to the "gallery."

More Information

  • Weddings
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Historic Landmark
  • Kid Friendly
  • Tours
  • General Admission - Adult
  • General Admission - Child
  • General Admission - Senior
  • Rentals

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