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2040 N Santa Fe Ave,
Vista, CA 92083

Phone: (760) 941-1791
33.229547, -117.255779
HOURS: 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. daily

Closed: December 25th & January 1st & rainy/muddy days

ADMISSION: Adults: $5.00    Seniors 65+: $4.00    Children 6-12: $3.00    Under 6: Free

Museum Members: Free

Dog-Friendly: Yes    Kid-Friendly: Yes


**Make sure to check out our list of Hidden Gems in Vista while you’re in the area!**

Antique Gas & Steam Engine Museum

About the Antique Gas & Steam Engine Museum:

The Antique Gas & Steam Engine Museum is an historical, outdoor museum showcasing hundreds of old gas and steam engines from the early 1900’s.  This is a great day trip for families whom have a member that is interested in machinery.

There are many fun, events and exhibits held throughout the year so make sure to check their calendar to see what upcoming events they may coming up!

While you’re out here make sure to check out Exotica Rare Fruit Farm nearby!

Their exhibits include a Weavers Barn, Steam Engine Row, Grist Mill, Short Track Railroad, Gas Engine Row, Blacksmith & Wheelwright Shop, West Coast Watch & Clock Museum, Steam Traction Engines, Farmhouse, Zuest Family Spinners Cottage, Sawmill and Gas & Diesel Tractors.

You can easily spend many hours here.  Just make sure to come on a cooler day as it is not hard to overheat out here in the summer!

If outdoor museums with old machinery are your thing, I recommend also visiting Pacific Southwest Railway Museum and Motor Transport Museum, located in Campo.

We took my 96 year old grandpa to check out all the old equipment.  He loved it!become a member

Lots of cool, abstract photography opportunities here:

They’ve got a cute shop here:



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  • Vista 4 Life
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    I use to go to high school right next door at Guajome Park Academy. They would make us go there for PE and run laps around this place. Sometimes they would throw concerts and have dance classes for us. Its a pretty cool place if your into old cars and old machines. The tool shed is a trip to look at.

    September 16, 2014

  • Dan S.
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    This place is amazing. 100s of old machines, many/most kept in working (sometimes a bit rusty) condition. I’ve been there a number of times with my boys (5 and 7) and even did a Cub Scout outing there, which was a huge hit. Their “Tractor Days” are the best time to go because many of the machines are running and there’s a tractor parade. One of my top spots in SD (although I should note that my wife isn’t as captivated as I am).

    July 10, 2015

  • Vista 4 Life
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    I went there yesterday it’s changed a lot, now they have old cars from ford model A and model T’s also gmc cars that have been restored very nice even some delivery trucks. I want to go back when they have the festival with vendors it should be awsome. Check this place out.

    November 10, 2015

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