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Museum of Making Music

5790 Armada Dr, Carlsbad, CA 92008-4608
+1 760-438-5996
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Good for most age groups, close to Legoland

Located within a quiet corporate park, even for someone not gifted with musical talent - I possess... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
john d
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Carlsbad, California
A must go place for anyone interested in music

The small but significant museum mainly covers music and musical instruments of the 20th Century... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Peter D
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Los Alamitos, United States
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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.
  • Excellent65%
  • Very good28%
  • Average5%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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5790 Armada Dr, Carlsbad, CA 92008-4608
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Located within a quiet corporate park, even for someone not gifted with musical talent - I possess less than zero of that benefaction - this is an interesting attraction. Well laid out with easy to read historical notes, we spent approximately 90 minutes here. Very...More

Thank john d
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The small but significant museum mainly covers music and musical instruments of the 20th Century in the U.S. The music focuses on ragtime, big band, jazz, and rock and roll. Although many instruments originated in Europe, the U.S. was well represented by acoustical and electrical...More

Thank Peter D
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Both my boys 5.5 &7 years old enjoy the hands-on Exhibition. We went in October and Kids are FREE with an adult purchase. Even though its a small museum, it is well-maintained, informative and there's a live performance of guitar-harp when we were there on...More

Thank Barbara L V
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We had a 50% discount coupon, so the already-affordable-for-seniors entry fee was very, very affordable. We stayed about 3 hours. There was hardly anyone else there and my kids weren't there to be embarrassed, so I danced along to most of the music at the...More

Thank Kathleen J
Reviewed 11 November 2017 via mobile

There are a lot of interesting exhibits. However the exhibits are close together. Many of them have buttons to push to listen to the music. If others have pushed nearby buttons it is just a cacophony of noise. This could be improved with more headsets...More

Thank Paysonpackertraveler
Reviewed 8 November 2017

Great for kids! Lots of musical history. There is plenty to look at and to PLAY WITH!!! You can spend hours here trying out all the cool instruments. I have an 11Yo and a 9YO and they didn't want to leave. Price is cheap and...More

Thank desiree_sanders84
Reviewed 16 October 2017

I was in Carlsbad for the Harp Guitar Gathering, and in conjunction the Museum of Making Music is hosting a 6 month exhibit, "Floating Strings", a history of the American Harp Guitar. Don't miss this exhibit if you're traveling through Carlsbad- beautiful instruments and photographs...More

Thank John L
Reviewed 12 October 2017

This is a wonderful musical experience,and the museum appeals to all ages. When was the last time you went to a museum and was allowed to touch anything? You are encouraged to ask questions, and pick up and play certain instruments? The stories of the...More

1  Thank celticbuckeye
Reviewed 22 September 2017

An out of the way treasure, easy access, free parking and a totally interesting place to browse through.

Thank James P
Reviewed 7 September 2017

what a wonderful collection of history and music, could not believe some of the Guitars and displays. Very Interestring

Thank Emma S
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