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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 - 17:00
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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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Music through the ages.

Wow, what an experience. This museum takes visitors back to the origin of instruments, the many different types and the changes that occurred up to the current times. If you... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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Carlsbad, California
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Very small Museum, it has a lot of old instruments and it's fun to listen and you can play a few of the instruments.

Thank Pinay P
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Wow, what an experience. This museum takes visitors back to the origin of instruments, the many different types and the changes that occurred up to the current times. If you appreciate the early piano's, quitar's and other instruments you will enjoy this visit.

Thank josephd547
Holden, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

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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Richland, Washington
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 February 2017

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 13 February 2017

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.

Thank Don K
Chelan, Washington, United States
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 February 2017 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 

Thank Ray D
Laguna Niguel, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 January 2017

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 22 January 2017

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

Thank SDBrad
San Diego, California, United States
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 January 2017 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 

Thank Lois H
Portland, Oregon
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 January 2017

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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