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Museum of Making Music

Connect to music at a fun, interactive museum!

The Museum of Making Music tell the story of how an industry—the music products industry—supplies the world with the instruments, products and gear that we all use to make music.  When you step inside, you’ll see outstanding examples of musical instruments, many of them displayed in vintage music store settings. You’ll also hear some familiar tunes in audio and video clips, have many hands-on opportunities to pick up and play a variety of instruments, and discover the innovative ways that the music industry has grown over the years. It’s an insider’s view of the world of making music.

Neighborhood: North Coastal

5790 Armada Drive
Carlsbad, CA 92008

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Contact Info

(760) 438-5996
Toll-Free: (877) 551-9976
museum@museumofmakingmusic.org

Hours

Tuesday-Sunday: 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Closed Mondays

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Kids Go Free to the Museum of Making Music

Museum of Making Music
Valid: Oct 1 - Oct 31, 2018

Children 12 and under receive free entry to the Museum of Making Music with the full price paid admission of at least one accompanying adult. Valid for 2 children per paid adult. Does not apply to...

Events to check out

Event

Yuko Mabuchi Trio

Museum of Making Music
Jul 28, 2018

Yuko Mabuchi is representative of the new generation of young international artists who have chosen the jazz genre as a means of expression. She started playing classical piano at the age of four, in...

Event

Los Angeles Percussion Quartet - LAPQ

Museum of Making Music
Aug 4, 2018

The Los Angeles Percussion Quartet's performances range in scope from living room salons, art museums, and warehouses, to appearances in distinguished concert series, including Festival Mozaic, Laguna...

Event

Herb Alpert & Lani Hall

Museum of Making Music
Aug 10, 2018

A legendary trumpet player, Alpert’s extraordinary musicianship has earned him five #1 hits, nine Grammy Awards (the latest from his 2014 album Steppin’ Out), 15 gold albums, 14 platinum...

Event

Sue Palmer

Museum of Making Music
Aug 19, 2018

Sue Palmer, widely known internationally as The Queen of Boogie Woogie, has been a staple of San Diego's blues, swing, and jazz scenes for over 30 years. Best known for her beehive-wearing stint with...

Event

Bluegrass Benefit: The Grascals & Flatt Lonesome

Museum of Making Music
Aug 25, 2018

The Museum of Making Music invites you to a benefit concert featuring a rare California appearance by two amazing bluegrass bands: The Grascals and Flatt Lonesome . These groups are no strangers...

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David Lindley

Museum of Making Music
Sep 15, 2018

Multi-instrumentalist David Lindley performs music that redefines the word "eclectic." Lindley, well known for his many years as the featured accompanist with Jackson Browne, and leader of his own...

What to Expect:

  • See over 500 vintage instruments that showcase innovative change over time
  • Hear samples of popular music spanning over a century
  • Discover breakthrough instruments throughout history
  • Play on dozens of hands-on instruments in the Museum's unique Innovation Studio
  • Explore music around the world on the state-of-the-art touchscreen wall

Quick Facts:

  • Admission is $10; $7 for students, seniors and military
  • Children age 3 and under receive free admission
  • Group tours are available (please call in advance)
  • Parking is free
  • Two free EV chargers are onsite for paid guests

More Information

  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Ocean View
  • Kid Friendly
  • Tours
  • General Admission - Adult

What to Expect:

  • See over 500 vintage instruments that showcase innovative change over time
  • Hear samples of popular music spanning over a century
  • Discover breakthrough instruments throughout history
  • Play on dozens of hands-on instruments in the Museum's unique Innovation Studio
  • Explore music around the world on the state-of-the-art touchscreen wall

Quick Facts:

  • Admission is $10; $7 for students, seniors and military
  • Children age 3 and under receive free admission
  • Group tours are available (please call in advance)
  • Parking is free
  • Two free EV chargers are onsite for paid guests

More Information

  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Ocean View
  • Kid Friendly
  • Tours
  • General Admission - Adult
  • General Admission - Child
  • General Admission - Senior

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