Miniataure Engineering Craftsmanship Museum (MECM), 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 Miniataure Engineering Craftsmanship Museum (MECM) 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 Miniataure Engineering Craftsmanship Museum (MECM) and other attractions mapped out and timetabled.
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  • When we get excited about the future technology, it's easy to forget how much time and effort people have put in to lay the foundation of today's technology. When I visited the museum, I felt nothing....  more
    When we get excited about the future technology, it's easy to forget how much time and effort people have put in to lay the foundation of today's technology. When I visited the museum, I felt nothing....  more »
  • Brilliant seeing such a collection of miniature ( and often motorised) EVERYTHING. Dolls houses, carousels, chicken laying eggs, boats, steam engines. WOW! All of us were enthralled… and it’s all... 
    Brilliant seeing such a collection of miniature ( and often motorised) EVERYTHING. Dolls houses, carousels, chicken laying eggs, boats, steam engines. WOW! All of us were enthralled… and it’s all...  more »
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  • If in the area, this is a nice and interesting museum to check out. It's quite small (literally and figuratively), but there are lots of interesting things. I enjoyed the musical devices, doll houses, matchstick buildings, firearms, and cars. If you really like engines there were many displays. Things go in rotation so in a few months there may be something new.
  • This place is a must visit! The amount of creativity is mind blowing. This place is truly incredible. The hand made items here are hard to describe. Real working motors at 1/6th size are amazing! The doll houses and everything here is all worth the time spent here. Please be prepared to spend at least a couple of hours. You will be assisted by the knowledgeable employees who tell you the stories of what is displayed. The minitures of several different items on display all have interesting stories and even more interesting are the makers behind the scenes. I had a great time and left with a deep appreciation for craftsmanship on display. Do yourself a favor and experience this location for yourself. I highly recommend a visit. Great place for the entire family to visit.

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