San Diego Automotive Museum

Admission included

The San Diego Automotive Museum, dreamt up by renowned collector and racer, Briggs Cunningham, first opened its doors in 1988. Since then, it has become a world-class attraction for millions of local automotive buffs and tourists.

Housed in a building constructed in 1935 as part of the California Pacific International Expo, this structure was only meant to be temporary. It still stands over 70 years later, and has been used for an array of purposes, from a Naval barracks to a dance hall.

Its current purpose is by far the most unique, and the staff of the museum wouldn't have it any other way. Cars on display are lovingly restored and preserved by a dedicated team of visionary volunteer technicians, who work hard to make this a must-see attraction for anyone passing through the San Diego area.

Visit the San Diego Automotive Museum and find out why the automobile is a crucial part of the American identity, as well as a symbol for progress and ingenuity.

Hours

Daily, 10:00 am-5:00 pm;
last admission at 4:30 pm.
Before purchase, please see the museum’s calendar for blackout dates and holidays.

Closings

Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Day
All holiday hours are subject to change without notice.

Getting In

To skip the line, proceed directly to the admissions counter and present your pass.

Address

2080 Pan American Plaza
San Diego, CA 92101
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Driving Directions

From I-5 South: Take the 10th Street exit; turn left on A Street; turn left on 12th Street (which becomes Park Blvd.); turn left at President’s Way (you are now in Balboa Park); when you come to the stop sign, the Museum will be to your left with parking right in front. From I-5 North: Take the B Street Pershing exit; stay on B Street; turn right on 12th Street (which becomes Park Blvd.); turn left at President’s Way (you are now in Balboa Park); when you come to the stop sign, the Museum will be to your left with parking right in front.