Craftsmanship Museum, Carlsbad

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Mr. Joe Martin started a Foundation to encourage excellence in craftsmanship with emphasis on metalworking projects at the small end of the size scale. Through the Foundation Joe Martin started the Craftsmanship Museum to make available examples of fine craftsmanship to the public, to bring public attention to the achievements of craftsmen, with the purpose of encouraging a future generation to pursue excellence in craftsmanship. Use our Carlsbad tour planner to add Craftsmanship Museum and other attractions to your Carlsbad vacation plans.
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  • August 9, 2017
    I wanted to come to this museum last year while visiting Carlsbad but, due to time constraints, I didn't make it. This year, I accomplished my mission and it was well worth while.Since this is a free ...  more »
  • August 8, 2017
    Staffed by knowledgeable and friendly volunteers, who are experts, they will guide you to interesting exhibits and tell you all sorts of interesting facts. There is also hourly demonstrations of motor...  more »
  • July 10, 2017
    We had some time to kill and I heard about this museum from a friend so we thought we would go. Good idea! So many small models of large things. Oh, let me also correct myself - miniatures. The miniat...  more »
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  • July 18, 2017
    The abilities of so many are displayed in the projects at the museum. Easy to spend more than one day if you are interested in the details and have the time to not rush through. Great if you can inspire younger visitors to learn skills that would serve them into the future.
  • July 27, 2017
    A museum of miniature engineering excellence. I could have spent my entire day just admiring the work displayed. Then it wouldn't have been enough time. I really need to go back there.
  • July 2, 2017
    Absoluting amazing museum. It has a rich collection of very well crafted machines and models. What I loved most was that it was alive. I feel I see so many museums which seem to have not been visited in decades. The staff here was very well knowledged and very enthusiastic.
  • June 11, 2017
    The cutting craftsmanship and extraordinary engineering were only trumped by the friendliness and fine quality of the volunteer staff. Will defiantly return to share this delight with Dad. -No entry fee -Street and Lot parking -Photos are highly encouraged
  • April 3, 2017
    Awesome little museum of miniature things. Engines, vehicles, other amazing little contraptions, all to scale and most able to run. Demonstrations running a few times a day of steam machines in the back. Had a good time and well worth the 10 dollar (voluntary) donation made on my exit. Will return in near future.

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