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. For travelers who use our world travel planner, Carlsbad holidays become easier to arrange, with trips to the Craftsmanship Museum and other attractions mapped out and timetabled.
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  • Kudos that this is free - I have not room to gripe. The people working there are eager and into their ... craft. There are some magnificent miniatures. But honestly it really does help if you're a bit...  more »
  • My husband found this museum on one of his online blogs. We've been to San Diego many times but had never heard of the museum. What a find! I might not have known what a lot of the items were, but the...  more »
  • Lots of neat and interesting things in this museum from mini engines that really work to cool little dollhouses. Lots of collections and a variety of things to see that interested teens and adults. Th...  more »
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  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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

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