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Museum of Making Music

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Address: 5790 Armada Dr, Carlsbad, CA 92008-4608
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+1 760-438-5996
10:00 - 17:00
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This unique museum provides an exciting documentary of the last 100 years...

This unique museum provides an exciting documentary of the last 100 years of American music through interactive displays, a focus on six different musical eras and a collection of musical instruments.

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Fun stop for a music-loving family

We spent two hours here with our seven year old son on a Sunday morning and at least for the parents, it was more fun than Legoland! We got to try out several instruments... read more

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Portland, Oregon
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Portland, Oregon
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

We spent two hours here with our seven year old son on a Sunday morning and at least for the parents, it was more fun than Legoland! We got to try out several instruments including a harpsicle, a mandolin, a huge gong, and a steel slide guitar. The exhibits are beautifully curated, and the docents are helpful, friendly, and knowledgeable.... More 

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Silver Spring, Maryland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

If you have any interest in music and musical instrument, and have a couple hours, this museum is a must see. Learn about the history of music and musical instruments in the United States from about the 1880's. Great rainy afternoon place to take the kids as they'll love that at the end of the exhibit, they get to try... More 

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Carlsbad, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This museum consists of instruments that were sold by musical instrument retailers when mass production made this possible. It covers more than 100 years of instruments and there are plenty of hands-on exhibits. It is small but interesting. What is even more fun is the series of concerts that they offer. All types of music so check out the calendar... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Smaller museum but has interesting variety of instrument displays. Interactive to begin, but best part is section allowing hands on with drums,guitars, keyboards. You use headphones to hear your musical mayhem, so it is quiet!

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Lafayette, Colorado
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 December 2016

I was visiting my parents over the Thanksgiving holiday so checked this out since we had some time to kill before my flight out...they live in Carlsbad. I would not go out of my way to get here. The museum was OK...it's very focused on the commercial music business since its operated/maintained by the National Association of Music Merchants. In... More 

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Oceanside, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 November 2016

This museum is a little gem with a great deal to offer. There are many beautiful instruments on display and historical/musical facts to accompany them. The museum offers tours for children and adults alike, as well as educational programs for the school kids. They also feature a variety of evening concerts highlighting music of all types so there's something for... More 

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Boise, Idaho
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 November 2016

You probably wouldn't schedule a trip to northern San Diego County just to visit the Museum of Making Music in Carlsbad -- unless you're a die-hard musicologist perhaps. But if you're in the area for Legoland or other activities or resorts, stop in and spend an hour or so visiting this unique home to the music products industry. You can... More 

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Encinitas, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 November 2016

MMM is a great place to have fun while learning about musical instruments and history of music. There are a lot of hands on items and displays that encourage you try out instruments. I highly recommend.

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Park Ridge, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 November 2016

There is a great history of music and musical instruments including some film footage and even trying some instruments yourself.

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 November 2016

We managed to see...and hear...most things in an hour-long visit, but would have enjoyed longer. The great grandson of Steinway (the piano-maker) founded this museum which, in five galleries, shows the most popular instruments in the US through the decades of the 20th century, and gives push-button samples of music as it developed through the century. And in each gallery... More 

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