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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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Always worth a visit to see what music and instruments are featured

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed February 26, 2015
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Costa Mesa, California, United States
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Costa Mesa, California, United States
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264 reviews 264 reviews
151 attraction reviews
182 helpful votes 182 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015 NEW

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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20 reviews 20 reviews
4 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
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
129 helpful votes 129 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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13 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 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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24 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 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
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6 helpful votes 6 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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18 helpful votes 18 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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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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107 reviews 107 reviews
13 attraction reviews
55 helpful votes 55 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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