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Museum of Making Music

Address: 5790 Armada Drive, Carlsbad, CA 92008
Phone Number: +1 760-438-5996
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Ranked #3 of 24 Attractions in Carlsbad
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Specialty Museums, Museums
Owner description: This unique museum provides an exciting documentary of the last 100 years of American music through...
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Type: Specialty Museums, Museums
Hours:
Tue - Sun 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Owner description: 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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Auburn, Washington
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140 reviews 140 reviews
26 attraction reviews
126 helpful votes 126 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2015 NEW

you like old guitars. The collection is a bit mind boggling. There are other instruments too of course, but the guitars really caught my attention. Gibson, Martins, Gretsch, Rickenbacker, Old Tele's and Strats, you name it. If you're in the Carlsbad area and enjoy history, especially musical history, stop by. P.S. The volunteers at the museum were very enthusiastic and... More 

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Daly City, California
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63 reviews 63 reviews
13 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2015

This museum is hidden away in an industrial park and has little signage to direct you to it; but it's a fabulous museum, and well worth searching out. Along with the other exhibits are instruments that you're invited to play. Music history, beautiful instruments, and friendly staff.

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Sterling, Virginia
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81 reviews 81 reviews
17 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

This little museum is a gem if you or your kids like music. You can see, hear, and play instruments from the late 1800s through the jazz age, rock'n'roll, and post-punk-grunge-reggae current stuff. Everything from ordinary little harmonicas to unique horns, amazing vintage guitars, and gorgeous keyboards. Well worth the little detour and the admission when you're between LA and... More 

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Upland
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

Tons of experiential points for this place! A great place to learn about instruments and their connection to the people and the tools of the music industry. I am a music teacher- Looking forward to returning!

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Everett, Washington, United States
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57 reviews 57 reviews
9 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2014

different museum. It covers musical instruments. Some hands on others interactive. We dropped in on a whim and spent 2 hours there. Fun

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Rowland Heights, California
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159 reviews 159 reviews
35 attraction reviews
57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2014

My teenage son and I spent about an hour and half here. The place is small but had some interesting hands-on exhibits. My son loves music so this was a nice place to visit instead of shopping like the rest of the family. Parking was easy and the entrance fee was reasonable.

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San Francisco, California
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98 reviews 98 reviews
13 attraction reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2014

The family enjoyed it very much, especially the hands-on instruments that were available. If you like making music, this is a good diversion for a few hours in Carlsbad.

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San Diego, California
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58 reviews 58 reviews
26 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 25, 2014

Great for music aficionados. Teenagers enjoyed it, especially my nephew who played drums. I like the way it is growing.

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Las Vegas, Nevada
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3 reviews 3 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2014

Amazing displays and progression of musical instruments thru the century. Very interesting even for those who do not play a musical instrument.

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California
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29 reviews 29 reviews
3 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

This is the sweetest place - dedicated but really fun for the whole family (unless you are not into music) It's nice to have a manageable place to visit when you want something to do!

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