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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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Making Music is Fun!

My sister and I visited this museum recently. We had never heard of it until she found a Groupon for it, but the admission prices are very reasonable without one. It's on the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed September 3, 2015
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10 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2015 NEW

My sister and I visited this museum recently. We had never heard of it until she found a Groupon for it, but the admission prices are very reasonable without one. It's on the bottom floor of the office building that houses the National Association of Music Merchants, near Legoland Carlsbad CA. In addition to the museum, there are restrooms, a... More 

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Edmonton, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2015 NEW

This museum is close to Legoland and we brought our kids here because they like music (and also because this attraction is included with our Go San Diego Card. As they were only 3 and 6, they were only interested in the hands-on displays - drum kits, guitars, etc. there must have been over a dozen instruments to try. I'm... More 

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Carlsbad, CA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

I have been here several times, and always find something of interest. Drums, guitar, whatever takes your fancy. Try them out, and be a kid again! If you can visit when they have an evening concert, the galleries are free to enter, otherwise a moderate cost.

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Valley Center, California, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW

We really enjoyed this museum. Well worth the trip. It takes you from the turn of the Century to the present. You push buttons and music plays from the era you are looking at. I'd go early and during the middle of the week. They, also, have programs in the evening that are worth attending.

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North Hollywood, CA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015

Really great displays, some interactive (you can play some of the instruments... very cool!), helpful docents. On our Sunday visit, the Museum was all but deserted, which worked for us because we were on a very short timeline. I can't wait to go back again... it's definitely a re-visit.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015

This small museum is a jewel. The musical instruments displayed are in mint condition and are rarely seen in public. The music that is able to be accessed is very representative of the eras they were recorded. The curator's taste is impeccable, and the last part of the exhibit enables young children to sample various instruments and create music. It... More 

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Potomac, Maryland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

A well done collection of musical instruments with a historical perspective. Good tours available or see it on your own

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Grapevine, TX
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015

Small museum run by a musical instrument trade group. If you're interested in old instruments and the history of their sale this will be of interest. There are opportunities to play instruments throughout (with headphones). 30-45 minutes for those casually interested, 1-2 hours for serious musicians. Not recommended for small children (5 under).

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Cerritos
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015

My kids are into music and love all genres of music. They also play piano and guitar so this little museum really appealed to them. It doesn't look like it would be a museum from the outside because it's in a commercial building. It was very interesting to see the early versions of instruments and how they have changed. I... More 

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Carlsbad, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015

A great place to take children of all ages. On hands instruments that adults and children will love. Plan on at least an hour or more for your visit.

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