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Museum of Making Music

Connect to music at a fun, interactive museum!

The Museum of Making Music explores the multifaceted history of the American music products industry from its beginnings in the 1890s to today and presents a variety of events, educational programs and special exhibitions. It explores the connections between the people (those who envision, design, make, distribute, sell and play musical instruments), the instruments themselves and the ultimate result of the music we all make.

The Museum of Making Music also hosts a wide variety of public events that entertain, educate and inform audiences of the benefits and heritage of making music. From concerts, performances and films, to workshops, camps and guest speakers, there's always something happening at the museum!

Neighborhood: North Coastal

5790 Armada Drive
Carlsbad, CA 92008

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Contact Info

(760) 304-5817
museum@museumofmakingmusic.org

Hours

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

Social

Events to check out

Event

June Kuramoto with Kimo Cornwell

Museum of Making Music
May 19, 2024

Join us for an evening of music featuring kotoist June Kuramoto and keyboardist Kimo Cornwell, two artists from the renowned jazz and fusion band Hiroshima.

Event

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...

Event

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...

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

More Information

  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Ocean View
  • Group Seated Capacity: 100
  • Group Reception Capacity: 150
  • Meeting Events

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

More Information

  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Ocean View
  • Group Seated Capacity: 100
  • Group Reception Capacity: 150
  • Meeting Events
  • Buyout
  • Group Travel
  • Indoor
  • Public Events
  • Kid Friendly
  • Tours
  • General Admission - Adult
  • General Admission - Child
  • General Admission - Senior

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