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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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Kid-Friendly, Fun, and Interactive

Children of all ages will enjoy visiting this fascinating museum. The exhibits are dedicated to musical instruments and their progression through various eras in history. There is... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 26, 2015
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San Diego, CA
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San Diego, CA
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43 reviews 43 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW

Children of all ages will enjoy visiting this fascinating museum. The exhibits are dedicated to musical instruments and their progression through various eras in history. There is a see-through piano on display; you can play it. There are many other instruments that children and adults can sit down and play --- a musician's paradise! Even the non-musical will be intrigued... More 

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San Diego, California
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13 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

I took my nieces and nephews here and they loved it. I enjoyed learning about the history of NAMM and instruments and they enjoyed having a chance to play some of the instruments. They have a neat interactive wall with a map of the world, and if you tap on a country, it will show an instrument from that country... More 

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Tucson Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2015

When we walked in, a volunteer asked us what kind of music we like. We said "opera", and she told us we would not find it here. However, there are operas composed by Americans, it's just that they cannot possibly include everything. What was included were numerous instruments of all kinds, and much interesting history of music in America. In... More 

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San Diego, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2015

Wow, a museum that has instruments that you can play. In the back of my mind I was was expecting some thing like a children museum, this place was ways cooler then that. Lots of interactive actives. We spent a little over an hour. We played with at least a dozen different instruments. At times it was like we were... More 

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Broken Arrow, Oklahoma
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2015

We enjoyed all the samples of music and instruments. We sang along with some of our favorite singers.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015

I drove by and talked to a native of the area while visiting the flower fields. She said that she had gone to this museum with school children and it was wonderful. This place really teaches children low and adults all about musical instruments and the history as well as interactions with music. If you have time do go here... More 

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Winnipeg, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015

This is a small museum but it is packed with instruments, photos and music from the past. Our teen grandson loved playing the different instruments, one of which, the theremin, he had not heard of. The volunteer who ushered us in gave us a short talk filling us in on what we were about to experience. It was neat to... More 

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Truckee, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015

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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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015

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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