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Steampunk - The Exhibit, San Diego CA

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Steampunk - The Exhibit, San Diego CA

Time: June 1, 2012 to September 30, 2012
Location: San Diego Automotive Museum
Street: 2080 Pan American Plaza (Balboa Park)
City/Town: San Diego, CA
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Phone: 619-231-2886
Event Type: museum, exhibit
Organized By: Ingred Chamberlin
Latest Activity: Sep 30, 2012

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Update: People who attend the exhibit dressed steampunk will be given a reduced admission cost of $5 instead of $8. Grand exhibit celebration will take place on July 13th & look for special events throughout the run of the exhibit. 

Steampunk – the Automotive Museum’s version of the literary and artistic genre. The Museum has collaborated with local artists, Starburner Galactic Courier Service, to interpret this growing art form through automotive design and technology. Several vehicles built in Steampunk style will be on exhibit including a few of the Museum’s own vehicles modified in the Steampunk genre by our local ‘makers’. In addition, numerous art objects will be on view from clothing and everyday functional pieces, to graphic art and the music of the genre. The artists come from San Diego, Los Angeles, and San Francisco.

The Steampunk exhibit at the San Diego Automotive Museum is a clear step away from its traditional programming.  In keeping with its mission to illustrate the impact of the automobile on our society, this exhibit expands the parameters and brings to life the impact that steam engines and steam technology have affected the new culture known as Steampunk.  For the first time ever, the museum is incorporating clothing, gadgets, and gizmos that are not directly related to the automobile.  The focus of the exhibit is innovation, and non-traditional vehicles will be presented with classic examples of early automotive engineering and design.

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Comment by Lorelei Throckmorton on September 21, 2012 at 1:42pm

I was able to see this exhibit while visiting San Diego, and it was fascinating. Lots to see and helpful docents, even tho' I missed the big party. Also, plenty of good stuff at good prices in the museum shop. I'm posting a lot of photos to my SE photos page even as I write this. This exhibit closes at the end of Sept. so hurry in!

Comment by Ingred Chamberlin on June 25, 2012 at 10:42am

The official exhibit opening party is happening July 13th with performances by Unextraordinary Gentlemen & Eliza Rickman, Featured Artists in attendance, food, drink and the coolest exhibit in San Diego. All are welcome! Join us:

Comment by Ingred Chamberlin on June 1, 2012 at 10:47pm

Be sure to join us tomorrow, June 2nd for the opening picnic & film festival! Details at or at
1 pm until closing, behind the SD Automotive Museum, film fest starts at 7 pm.

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