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Museum of Making Music

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Address: 5790 Armada Dr, Carlsbad, CA 92008-4608
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10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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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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Tracing the development of American musical instruments and styles through the 19th and 20th centuries, this fascinating, interactive museum offers a unique take on popular... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 days ago
Holden, Massachusetts
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Holden, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Tracing the development of American musical instruments and styles through the 19th and 20th centuries, this fascinating, interactive museum offers a unique take on popular culture. Guests are able to choose what examples of the style and instruments described they would like to hear played in each gallery, as well as try out some instruments themselves. The actual instruments that... More 

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Aiken, SC
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

I love music and I loved this museum. Lots of opportunities for hands on. Great docents a little hard to find but worth it.

Thank chriswip
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We were really surprised at the quality and number of historical musical instruments. We would highly recommend this to all families and children. It was a trip down memory lane for us. It's just above the Carlsbad Flower fields and offers lots of interactive entertainment as well.

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Chelan, Washington, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Spent an engaging 2 hours in the museum with a good friend who plays and enjoys music as much as I do. Fun to see instruments from 100 years ago and to actually pick up and play some of the absolute classics. I have a Martin guitar that I bought new in 1968. What joy to sit down with a... More 

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Laguna Niguel, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We had a rainy day to fill with our 18 month old music-loving granddaughter and found this little treasure fit the bill perfectly! The staff was incredibly friendly, knowledgeable, and welcoming and the exhibits which tell the story of music from 1900 to 1999 are both educational and entertaining. Each vignette has a hands-on musical instrument to play and various... More 

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San Diego
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Very interesting place we joined another couple for a small concert by a guitarist and had pizza and a beer and heard some great music really a fun time. Kind of off the beaten path but very close to legoland

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San Diego, California, United States
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This museum covers the development of musical instruments and different musical eras. Most of the displays are of musical instruments. At various stops on the self-guided tour there are instruments to play and recordings to hear. This museum may not be of interest to everyone, but anyone who has played an instrument in a band or orchestra will appreciate it.... More 

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Portland, Oregon
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We spent two hours here with our seven year old son on a Sunday morning and at least for the parents, it was more fun than Legoland! We got to try out several instruments including a harpsicle, a mandolin, a huge gong, and a steel slide guitar. The exhibits are beautifully curated, and the docents are helpful, friendly, and knowledgeable.... More 

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Silver Spring, Maryland
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 4, 2017

If you have any interest in music and musical instrument, and have a couple hours, this museum is a must see. Learn about the history of music and musical instruments in the United States from about the 1880's. Great rainy afternoon place to take the kids as they'll love that at the end of the exhibit, they get to try... More 

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Carlsbad, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 4, 2017

This museum consists of instruments that were sold by musical instrument retailers when mass production made this possible. It covers more than 100 years of instruments and there are plenty of hands-on exhibits. It is small but interesting. What is even more fun is the series of concerts that they offer. All types of music so check out the calendar... More 

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