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Museum of Making Music

Explore music at a fun, interactive museum!

Musical instruments take center stage at the Museum of Making Music! Exhibitions explore how and why these instruments develop—who makes them, how we gain access to them, what they sound like in the hands of those who play them.

Visitor explore and learn about why instruments are the way they are, and what drives innovation and change over time. Guest also have the opportunity to try out and play on a wide variety of hands-on instruments!

Neighborhood: North Coastal

5790 Armada Drive
Carlsbad, CA 92008

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Contact Info

(760) 438-5996
museum@museumofmakingmusic.org

Hours

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

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Make Music Day

Museum of Making Music
Jun 21, 2024

Make Music Day is a free celebration of music around the world on June 21st. Launched in 1982 in France as the Fête de la Musique, it is now held on the same day in more than 1,000 cities...

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OkCello

Museum of Making Music
Jun 21, 2024

Okorie Johnson is an American cellist-songwriter who performs under the moniker OkCello. His artistry integrates cello performance, live-sound-looping, improvisation, and storytelling - all...

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Curtis Taylor Quintet

Museum of Making Music
Jul 6, 2024

Award-winning trumpeter Curtis Taylor’s lyrical and melodic improvisational style displays a level of maturity far beyond his years. His unique blend of soulfulness, harmonic sensibilities and...

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The Arcadian Wild

Museum of Making Music
Aug 17, 2024

“Harmony has been at the center of our musical experience and expression from the very beginning,” says mandolinist/singer Lincoln Mick. “Often, when we’re unsure of what...

What to Expect:

  • Learn about how instruments are made and how and why they change over time.
  • Learn about how instruments were provided in the marketplace through history.
  • Experience a panoramic presentation that showcases how musicians use instruments
  • Discover how instruments have gone beyond their initial purpose of making music.
  • Play on dozens of hands-on instruments in the Museum's Sit & Play areas.

Quick Facts:

  • Admission is $15; $10 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:

  • Learn about how instruments are made and how and why they change over time.
  • Learn about how instruments were provided in the marketplace through history.
  • Experience a panoramic presentation that showcases how musicians use instruments
  • Discover how instruments have gone beyond their initial purpose of making music.
  • Play on dozens of hands-on instruments in the Museum's Sit & Play areas.
  • Try out even MORE instruments in our unique Interactive Room.

Quick Facts:

  • Admission is $15; $10 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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