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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 #4 of 21 Attractions in Carlsbad
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Specialty Museums, Museums
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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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Denver, Colorado
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214 reviews 214 reviews
30 attraction reviews
84 helpful votes 84 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2014 NEW

I play an instrument that would be considered exotic by this group: the hammered dulcimer. This museum focuses on instruments in school bands and entertainment bands of the last century. Quite a few interactive features, which are lots of fun. Their displays do a nice job of telling a story working with the instruments they have to display. And the... More

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Leduc AB Canada
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2014

I was amazed. Well put together and interesting for both adults and kids. Great showcase instruments. Lots of interactive experiences.

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Vista, California
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23 reviews 23 reviews
14 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2014

The staff in the gift shop/check in area are really nice. The lady gave us a brief overview of the museum and then we were free to wonder around and look at the weird, and not so weird musical instruments. There are plenty of interactive instruments to play with, including pianos, guitars, drums and a very cool electronic beat box... More

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Carlsbad, CA
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40 reviews 40 reviews
20 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

This is a fun thing to do for a couple of hours in Carlsbad. The museum is fun and they have a hands on section to play instruments as well. Look at the website and see if they have an upcoming concert you might enjoy. They are intimate concerts that are fun and well priced.

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Fremont, California
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1,700 reviews 1,700 reviews
1,065 attraction reviews
995 helpful votes 995 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2014

I enjoyed going to this museum. There is a good collection of instruments. One can hear music by pressing various buttons for the song they want at some of the exhibits. They also have instruments one can play such as electric pianos and drums. I enjoyed doing this. There was also a special exhibit on banjos and it was interesting... More

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7 reviews 7 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2014

The museum is small and full of information. Lots to see, hear and even touch. Most everyone should be able to find something to interest them. Children can push buttons and play with real instruments. One group of visitors were singing and dancing to Jazz. I think this would be a great place that someone with memory loss could really... More

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Carlsbad, California
12 reviews 12 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

A fun trip down memory lane with helpful docents. Great idea for a rainy day (though we have very few)

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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10 reviews 10 reviews
4 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014

This is a fascinating albeit small museum. Lots of hands-on experiences and fascinating pictures and memorabilia about the history of music. Lots of opportunities to try out different instruments and see really old ones and those who played them. Really loved pushing the buttons to hear different types of music. Very nice gift shop. Reasonably priced. Plan to spend a... More

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Los Angeles, California
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79 reviews 79 reviews
29 attraction reviews
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014 via mobile

I would rate the museum 3.5 stars but was forced to round up. I do not mean to talk down about it, but it wasn't exactly what I was expecting. The museum is arranged nicely with an assortment of instruments, many with somewhat historical significance. Also, there are many interactive exhibits involving different musical instruments. However, since the museum is... More

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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

I loved it. There was just enough to learn and lots of fun hands on displays. It is great for young children or anyone who has tried to learn an instrument like the violin or drums.. It really had a lot about guitars and keyboards. It is a great one hour acitivity for the whole family.

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