San Diego Automotive Museum

Hours, Directions & Address

Open Tuesday to Sunday: Closed Most Mondays

10am - 5pm
Last admission at 4:30pm
Residents Free Tuesday (4th Tuesday of the month, except in Dec.) 10am - 3:30pm

February is Museum Month.  Pick up your pass for 50% off admission at any San Diego County Library.   Pass required for discount. Not valid with other discounts, promotions or toward the purchase of Balboa Park Explorer Passes.  

For questions regarding our hours, please call 619-398-0306.

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View our Calendar for special occasions and early closures.

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In an effort to ensure the best guest experience possible, all organizations must schedule their visit a minimum of two (2) weeks in advance with Brandi Wilson, Deputy Director of Guest Experience. Groups that come to the museum without an advance appointment, including on "Residents Free Tuesdays," will be turned away.

Residents Free Tuesday Info

San Diego Automotive Museum

The San Diego Automotive Museum is closed Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day.

SDAM also closes early the days before these holidays and has varying hours before and during December Nights. See Calendar for details.


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Located just minutes from downtown San Diego, the San Diego Automotive Museum can be accessed from most major freeways.

Getting to the Museum by Car, Taxi, or Rideshare

The San Diego Automotive Museum is located at 2080 Pan American Plaza, San Diego, CA 92101. Parking can be found in the Pan American Plaza Parking Lot.

Southbound from I-5

Take the 10th Avenue Exit off I-5. Turn left on "A" Street and left again on Park Blvd. Turn left on Presidents Way and continue straight through the intersection with Pan American Rd E to enter the Pan American Plaza Parking Lot.

Northbound from I-5

Take the Pershing Drive/B Street exit off I-5 to Pershing Drive. Take Pershing and then turn left on Florida Drive. Turn left on Zoo Place to Park Blvd. Turn left on Park Blvd. Turn right on Presidents Way and continue straight through the intersection with Pan American Rd E to enter the Pan American Plaza Parking Lot.

Southbound from Hwy 163

Take the Park Blvd. exit off Hwy 163. Turn left on Park Blvd. Turn left on Presidents Way and continue straight through the intersection with Pan American Rd E to enter the Pan American Plaza Parking Lot.

Getting to the Museum using Public Transportation

Visit Balboa Park using the Metropolitan Transit System (MTS), with easy access from the downtown and Mission Valley areas.

  • Print out a handy map of the bus and trolley systems servicing downtown, the airport, and Balboa Park.
  • Review the times for route Routes 120 (Fashion Valley), Route 7 (Smart Corner) and Rapid 215 are the main bus routes through Balboa Park
  • For information and custom transportation routes to Balboa Park,visit the MTS website or dial 511. You'll be given the option of selecting transit routes that are: the fastest; have the fewest transfers; or have the least amount of walking.