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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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Events to check out

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Special Edition Orchestra

Museum of Making Music
May 28, 2017

The "big band that swings" performs music from the 1940s and 50s including best-selling songs from legendary bandleaders Glen Miller, Benny Goodman, Tommy & Jimmy Dorsey, Duke Ellington, Count...

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Summer of Innovation

Museum of Making Music
Jun 3 - Aug 31, 2017

The Museum of Making Music's fully interactive exhibition will introduce you to innovative instruments on the market today, and will open your ears and eyes to the many - perhaps surprising - ways...

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MoMM to Moose Pass: A Musical Adventure

Museum of Making Music
Jun 3, 2017

Join Alaskan Fiddling Poet Ken Waldman, his accompanist, Cal State San Marcos Music Professor, Bill Bradbury, and special guests (who may even be you!) on a musical journey to Moose Pass, Alaska and...

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Peter Sprague's Planet Cole Porter

Museum of Making Music
Jun 16, 2017

Local favorite Peter Sprague takes hold of the classic songs of Cole Porter and presents them in a new color of samba, funk, salsa and jazz. "Just One of Those Things" swinging fast and morphing over...

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Make Music Day

Museum of Making Music
Jun 21, 2017

Make Music Day is a free global celebration of music 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 750 cities in 120 countries....

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Lori Bell: From Bach to Bebop

Museum of Making Music
Jun 25, 2017

Fluent in both jazz and classical, flutist/composer Lori Bell, a three-time Global Music Award recipient, will present a diverse program ranging from Baroque, classical, jazz and bebop. She will also...

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Paula Cole

Museum of Making Music
Jul 6, 2017

GRAMMY winner, GRAMMY nominee, mother, educator, and activist Paula Cole has released seven solo albums of original songs, spanning a 20+ year career. Recognized for her hit singles "Where Have All...

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Sounds Like San Diego VIII

Museum of Making Music
Jul 8, 2017

The eighth edition of Sounds Like San Diego, will once again feature some of today's top local artists performing their takes on songs made famous by artists from San Diego from 1960 to today. Curated...

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Chase Morrin

Museum of Making Music
Jul 15, 2017

In partnership with the Monterey Jazz Festival we are proud to welcome back jazz pianist Chase Morrin. Chase, a San Diego native, was part of the Monterey Jazz Festival's Next Generation program which...

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Mandy Harvey

Museum of Making Music
Jul 22, 2017

Mandy Harvey is an award winning singer, songwriter and motivational speaker who just happens to have, as she puts it, "an invisible disability." A Vocal Music Education major at Colorado State...

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Cynthia Sayer Hot Jazz Trio

Museum of Making Music
Jul 30, 2017

Award-winning instrumentalist/vocalist/bandleader Cynthia Sayer is acclaimed by musicians, critics and fans alike as one of the top 4-string jazz banjoists in the world today. Praised for her "drive...

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Joyce Moreno

Museum of Making Music
Aug 12, 2017

Internationally-acclaimed Brazilian vocalist, composer, arranger and instrumentalist Joyce Moreno visits San Diego for a rare U.S. performance. Joyce's career began in the early 60s, Joyce has been...

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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