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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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Nice Low-Key Activity for All Ages

If you're in the Carlsbad area, this is a delightful activity. Parking is free and plentiful. Admission is affordable. It's lots of fun. It's a regular stop on our tour for any... read more

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Reviewed 1 week ago

If you're in the Carlsbad area, this is a delightful activity. Parking is free and plentiful. Admission is affordable. It's lots of fun. It's a regular stop on our tour for any out-of-town guests. It makes a nice morning activity and you're done in time for lunch. Our grandsons love all the hands-on activities. They've been having fun here since... More 

Thank OneSeaSun4Fun
Indio, California
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Reviewed 1 week ago

The museum is within walking distance from Grand Pacific Palisades Resort. There are interactive instruments to experiment with. The museum is a great collection of music history.

Thank RosesintheDesert
Carlsbad, California
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I am sure this place is wonderful for those with an education in music but for families and kids this is not a great activity. It is pretty small, and not very entertaining for those with no musical ability.

Thank Tiffany R
Zoetermeer, The Netherlands
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I came here specifically for the Martin Guitars expo, but ended up spending my whole morning here! The friendly and abundant staff advised me to go the opposite direction, so i could go straight to the Martin Expo where i actually got to play Martin, Taylor, Collings and Washburn guitars! And then the fun part: at some point one of... More 

Thank Lennart A
Cypress, California
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Reviewed 21 April 2017

Great time. Lots of musical instruments from previous eras. You can listen to the music from 100 years ago. While many of the instruments can't be touched because of their fragile nature, there are many hands on and interactive opportunities. Check Group On for discounts.

Thank Traveller365_10
Morristown, New Jersey
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Reviewed 19 April 2017

The museum does a wonderful job of presenting the interaction of instrument development and culture on the American music of the last 120 years. Examples of some of the most important instruments of the last century are on display. You get to play a number of instruments, and explore innovations in sound creation.

Thank Ken07960
Schuylkill Haven, Pennsylvania
2 reviews
Reviewed 14 April 2017 via mobile

Great place with some "hands on " instruments. This museum is a gem. You can play some of the instruments. Also learn the history of some. 1-3 hours to see most of it.

Thank lago51
Virginia Beach, Virginia
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Reviewed 9 April 2017

A great way to spend an afternoon learning about making music. They start in early years and move to different decades with the instruments and the music. It is really fascinating! The fun part is you get to play the instruments! You are absolutely encouraged!

Thank LMK101
Carlsbad, California
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Reviewed 5 April 2017

We saw a movie & met of a bunch of old great Soul masters there. Got to talk with them about the origins of great music! LOVED IT!

Thank Michelle W
Orange County, California
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Reviewed 2 April 2017

What a fun Museum for the young and the old! If you do not know much about music, there are exhibits, demonstrations, and opportunities for Everyone to learn. Try out different instruments to your heart's content! The staff of volunteers are eager to assist in every way they can. The concerts and classes are most certainly enjoyable, and the gift... More 

Thank BrettAri

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