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“Hands on music museum.”

Museum of Making Music
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$94.00*
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Ranked #3 of 47 things to do in Carlsbad
Certificate of Excellence
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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.
Reviewed September 2, 2013

My friend and I really enjoyed this museum. The price is resonable and you can get a $2 discount coupon from the Carlsbad visitor center. Kids really seemed to enjoy it because there were quite a few instruments for them to try and play.

Thank redhatelizabeth
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"music lovers"
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"office park"
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"interesting instruments"
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"great for kids"
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"flower fields"
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"nice gift shop"
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"learn something"
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"on display"
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Reviewed August 31, 2013

A real gem. Hits the right notes. You see musical instruments dating back to the 1800s and get to listen to music. You can follow the instruments and see how they have changed over the years. Fascinating two hours. in a business park and had to find.

Thank Jean H
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Reviewed August 14, 2013

What a fun, and educational outing for adults, kids, and grandkids. The excellent docents gave us a quick overview of what we would be seeing, and then we were off! Lots of displays with various musical instruments, their history, etc. Beautiful displays. But the interactive area where everyone could get in and play drums, guitar, etc., was a highlight, for adults and kids alike. It brought smiles to everyone's faces for sure. The admission price is reasonable, and a fun way to spend the afternoon.

Thank Erica M
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Reviewed August 2, 2013

The interactive portion of this museum might have originally been geared toward adults. Our 9- & 11-year-olds loved it! The museum has lots of displays, photos, recordings & instruments. Interesting... but it wasn't until we reached the hands-on exhibits that everyone became involved. Harps, guitars, drums. One disappointment...piano was monopolized by the same person the entire time we visited; we never got to play.

Thank sheila g
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Reviewed July 22, 2013

This museum is in the offices of the musical instrument making trade association, so it is basically relevant to the instruments that have been produced since about 1890. Good exhibits of instruments both common and rare, plus the opportunity to play some of them. Great for kids. Our only qualm is that the keyboard instruments in particular in the last room (see other reviews on this) weren't working.

Thank chazzq
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