We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

San Diego Automotive Museum

2080 Pan American Plz, San Diego, CA 92101-1636
+1 619-231-2886
Book In Advance
More Info
and up
San Diego Tour: Hop-on Hop-off Trolley
Why Book on TripAdvisor?
  • Tour highlights & full itinerary
  • Easy online booking
  • Lowest price guaranteed
More Information ›
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Magnificent display of vintage automobiles and motorcycles including a 1927 Bentley, 1931 Rolls Royce Phaeton and Steve McQueen's 1953 Allard.
  • Excellent26%
  • Very good39%
  • Average27%
  • Poor7%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“on display” (21 reviews)
“classic cars” (6 reviews)
Closed Now
All hours
Hours Today: 10:00 - 16:30
2080 Pan American Plz, San Diego, CA 92101-1636
Balboa Park
+1 619-231-2886
Write a Review
Reviews (200)
Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
  • More languages

1 - 10 of 177 reviews

Reviewed 8 July 2017

The display was not quite what I expected. I thought it would be a total overview of the automobile. Instead the current exhibit was on Japanese cars. However, there was an extensive display of motorcycles which my husband really enjoyed. The staff and volunteers were...More

Thank lenmar2016
Reviewed 2 July 2017 via mobile

We got the trolley bus tour as we had limited time in San Diego . We got off in Balboa Park and saw this museum by chance. We were a little unsure whether to bother going in or not. I like my cars so we...More

Thank Howdidodi
Reviewed 4 June 2017

I consider this attraction average at best. If you like obscure older vehicles that most people have never heard of and old motorcycles you will probably like it. The good news is it's $9 and you could look at everything close and still get done...More

Thank Dan W
Reviewed 3 June 2017 via mobile

Went to this museum yesterday and wasn't overly impressed. A few cool cars and motorcycles to view, but nothing special.

Thank Jereme B
Reviewed 17 May 2017

Lots of old cars here and some bikes. They even have a car that was converted so that it has a toilet and shower - Amazing.

Thank Erica S
Reviewed 9 May 2017

Nice collection of cars, trucks, motorcycles, specialty vehicles, and more. It may be small, compared to some car museums, but it's worth the $9 admission (less for seniors, military, students, & children).

Thank FLworldwanderer
Reviewed 7 May 2017

The car museum is not that large but they do have a great selection of older model cars and motorcycles. The police and fire engines give you a little history of San Diego. I do not remember how much I paid to enter but it...More

Reviewed 3 May 2017 via mobile

We went on Free Admission Tuesday, which always makes a place more fun for me. There are many autos and motorcycles to see, but there is one super interesting car there. I won't spoil this place for you..... but go see that one amazing car....More

Thank traveljunky88
Reviewed 1 April 2017 via mobile

My wife and I recently visited the San Diego Auto Museum on our trip to Southern Cali. Although the museum is small it has some excellent examples of American and International automotive history. The vignettes have great information about the cars on display. I would...More

Thank Jonas S
Reviewed 17 March 2017

This is a small, probably privately owned museum right next to the Air and Space Museum. We weren't expecting much so we were delighted with the extensive old motorcyle collection, including some original Indians. Their Ducati and Harley collection is smaller, but also worth seeing....More

Thank SpaceMom1
Nearby Restaurants
CUCINA urbana
771 reviews
.74 km away
The Prado at Balboa Park
1,751 reviews
.54 km away
Flight Path Grill
14 reviews
.07 km away
Albert's Restaurant
219 reviews
.79 km away
Nearby Attractions
San Diego Model Railroad Museum
420 reviews
.61 km away
San Diego Air & Space Museum
635 reviews
.15 km away
Old Globe Theatre
458 reviews
.56 km away
Spreckels Organ Pavilion
279 reviews
.38 km away
Questions & Answers
Get quick answers from San Diego Automotive Museum staff and past visitors.
Note: your question will be posted publicly on the Questions & Answers page.
Posting guidelines