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Antique Gas & Steam Engine Museum

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Address: 2040 N Santa Fe Ave, Vista, CA 92083-1534
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+1 760-941-1791
10:00 - 16:00
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Sun - Sat 10:00 - 16:00

Open year round, this museum features exhibits such as historic...

Open year round, this museum features exhibits such as historic gasoline-and-steam powered farming equipment.

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grest colection

if you like old engines and farm equipment this is a must see. lots of things to see that take you back to the turn of the century

Reviewed 29 March 2017

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167 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 March 2017

if you like old engines and farm equipment this is a must see. lots of things to see that take you back to the turn of the century

Thank edheffner46
Cathedral City
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 March 2017

this is one of my Favorite places our unit reenacts the civil war at great areas for the civilians and the military units and a very good battleground.. add to that all the Other things this fun place offers.. first off if you are into antique machinery this is the place for you.. we can say for sure that a... More 

Thank cometkatt
San Diego, California
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101 reviews
34 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 March 2017

Where should I start with my favorite place in town? I thought I should start here. I can easily say that this is my favorite place to relax on weekends and just take a deep breathe from school. This facility holds many things to do all day. From model trains to model A/T's to steam engine tractors this place offers... More 

Thank Christine92057
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5 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 March 2017

Great fun in Cali-not crowded, which is such a surprise in California. Good walk and nice food options.

Plano, Texas
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607 reviews
171 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 120 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 January 2017

What a fascinating museum for anyone interested in old steam engines from trains to tractors. The open air and buildings museum spreads over 80 acres so put on your walking shoes. We were thetre the day after is rained so it was a little muddy and some of the buildings were closed. It fact the whole park was closed but... More 

Thank nat1225
Long Beach, California
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Reviewed 30 August 2016

There are some interesting sites on the complex including a few old cars in the barn and a building for weaving. Engines and old farm equipment are scattered about and don't seem well kept. There is also just lots of junk clutter. The Summergrass bluegrass festival here each August is worth attending. There are a few shaded areas, but should... More 

Thank DulciTraveler
Vista, California
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15 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 June 2016

Visited recently for Fathers Day. Got to ride in 0ld Julian "stage coach car" in parade. Lots of old kitchen tools. Weaving, spinning, gem & mineral exhibits, new clock exhibit, textiles, tractors, antique cars & other farm machinery. Can be very hot & dusty. See Facebook page. I have been various times, I always enjoy.

Thank mermaid1963kc
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5 reviews
Reviewed 4 June 2016

It is amazing how much there is to learn. Imagine not having electricity hooked up to your house but having a refrigerator, washer and drier and freezer. What do you do? Go to this museum to find out

Thank Daniel D
Oceanside, United States
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26 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 April 2016

We recently visited this museum as part of a Cub Scouts requirement and loved it! The staff was really friendly and there was lots to see. The property is huge so allow extra time to get through it! Most of the museum is outdoors so wear comfortable walking shoes!

Thank Deanine D
Vista, California
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137 reviews
68 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 December 2015

If antique engines interest you, you'll be in heaven here. Twice a year, they have a festival with parades of many of the old engines (tractors primarily). Definitely worth seeing. The exhibits themselves can get a little tiresome unless you're a dedicated aficionado.

Thank tijuanade

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