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Museum of Making Music

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Address: 5790 Armada Drive, Carlsbad, CA 92008
Phone Number: +1 760-438-5996
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Description: 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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FANTASTIC MUSEUM OF MUSIC EVOLUTION SINCE 1890's

Went wondering exactly what we would find but were more than surprised this is such a little gem. Too bad they don't start earlier with their evolution of music in America and... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 28, 2015
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Truckee, California
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Truckee, California
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112 reviews 112 reviews
31 attraction reviews
57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015 NEW

Went wondering exactly what we would find but were more than surprised this is such a little gem. Too bad they don't start earlier with their evolution of music in America and the modern world. A great minimum of 1 hour and 2 would be better. Also a neat hands on area to try some instruments and sound systems. The... More 

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San Diego, California
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98 attraction reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015 NEW

Founded in 1998 by the National Association of Music Merchants the exhibits are organized chronologically with each gallery in the museum featuring historic milestones, popular music and instruments of those eras. Several locations are provided for visitors to actually play instruments. Great displays and interesting instruments from all periods.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015

Wonderful place to bring children to! It is small, so the tour tends to be quick! They also have a lovely little gift shop as well! Lots of instruments and history on the people who used them! Children can touch a lot which helps them to find appreciation for it.

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Orange, California
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16 reviews 16 reviews
6 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015

If you like music this little museum is a nice way to spend a few hours. Nice exhibits displaying the history of music in the US... Manufactures, musicians and instruments.

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Scottsdale, Arizona
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46 reviews 46 reviews
21 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015

We enjoyed the variety of music history displayed, as well as the many types of instruments. The short recordings illustrating the various types of music through history added a lot to our enjoyment.

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Costa Mesa, California, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015

As museums go, the MoMM is relatively small, but I always find it interesting. Keep in mind, the museum not only shows vintage and current musical instruments but it also teaches about the eras during which various kinds of music became popular, so there’s an educational element here too. In each of the galleries you will find a combination of... More 

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Carlsbad, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

A very inexpensive way to spend a couple of hours. Designed both as a "don't touch" museum featuring heirloom instruments and a kid-friendly "please touch" experience, the Museum had the right idea when first opened. However, during my two visits there, spread two months apart, virtually all of the hands on interactive "make your own music" displays either did not... More 

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Lake Park, IA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2015

Museum is very nice with lots of interactive exhibits that you can play. Great place for kids and nice gift shop. Saw Muriel Anderson and Stanley Jordan concert on Jan 30th, 2015. Spectacular show in small, private setting (small room with padded folding chairs).

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Auburn, Washington
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147 reviews 147 reviews
26 attraction reviews
132 helpful votes 132 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2015

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
22 helpful votes 22 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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