San Diego Automotive Museum: Highlights, Tips & Tickets

Whether you live in the city or are just visiting for the weekend and seeking fun things to do in San Diego, the San Diego Automotive Museum (SDAM) is a must-see.

The museum’s robust collection of motorcycles is a pleasant surprise to most guests. Forty motorcycles sit on display, dating all the way back to the early 1900s.


Calling all Back to the Future fans—the museum has a DeLorean DMC-12 on their show floor. Guests can even hop in the car for a picture.

If you’re a San Diego resident, you can visit for free on the fourth Tuesday of every month. All you have to bring is your I.D.

Things To Know About the San Diego Automotive Museum

If you’re not a resident but are planning on visiting, you can  buy your tickets in advance online. However, they’re only good for one week from the purchase date.

The museum is conveniently five minutes from downtown San Diego, in Balboa Park’s Pan American Plaza. It’s easy to access from major freeways, including the I-5 and Highway 163.


The show features different types of cars every Wednesday. Check their calendar to find a day that piques your interest.


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