We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Museum of Making Music

Open Now: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Open today: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Book In Advance
Why Book on TripAdvisor?
  • Tour highlights & full itinerary
  • Easy online booking
  • Lowest price guaranteed
More Information
All photos (79)
Full view
Certificate of Excellence
Traveller Overview
  • Excellent66%
  • Very good28%
  • Average4%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“music lovers”(16 reviews)
“all ages”(23 reviews)
“office park”(5 reviews)
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.
Open Now
Hours Today: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
See all hours
5790 Armada Dr, Carlsbad, CA 92008-4608
+1 760-438-5996
Improve This Listing
Top Selling Tours & Activities in and around Carlsbad
from US$ 59.00
More Info
from US$ 79.95
More Info
from US$ 29.00
More Info
Reviews (320)
Filter reviews
312 results
Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
More languages
Show reviews that mention
All reviews music lovers all ages office park interesting instruments different eras carlsbad area great for kids kids and adults flower fields nice gift shop learn something on display fun place to visit interesting place great history whole family lots of fun
Updating list...
1 - 10 of 312 reviews
Reviewed 1 week ago

Good for a quick visit. Interesting instruments, and really appreciated the opportunity to try some instruments as well. Good parking. If you want A LOT more than this, go to the instrument museum in Phoenix.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank arex1337
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This museum is very interesting! You can easily spend 3 or more hours inside it if you have enough time and is curious enough to go through all the details and information regarding the instruments and the how the music industry developed in America. Although...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Boccato
Reviewed 9 November 2018 via mobile

My husband, adult son and I visited the museum late one afternoon so only had 1 hour before it closed. Would have liked to spend a little more time there, but still managed to see all the exhibits and try out most of the instruments....More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank KAZW87
Reviewed 6 November 2018 via mobile

Great museum with incredible collection in very nice facility. A trip down memory lane. Learned many new things about musical instruments. Truly a World-class museum.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Ben E
Reviewed 4 November 2018

My children and I had a blast! we came in wandered around, had an opportunity to learn about different instruments and even play some of them too! We learned about the different era's and how music has progressed over the years.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank TamarackBeachResort
Reviewed 9 October 2018

MoM has some interesting instruments in the Museum but they also have cool shows. Keep an eye open for concerts at this nicely curated Museum.

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Jedi8870
Reviewed 17 September 2018

Set in an office park, this place is a hidden gem, but definitely worth your tome and attention.The exhibits concentrate on musical instruments, and are arranged by decade. There are buttons to push to here snippets of songs, and every gallery has at least one...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank friskycelery
Reviewed 6 September 2018

WE expected to spend part of an hour ... and spent 4 times that. This is a top notch museum with many interactive exhibits. It will be particularly compelling for baby boomers who will recognize many artist and artifacts ... well worth a visit for...More

Date of experience: October 2017
1  Thank onetravelman
Reviewed 27 August 2018

This is a very underrated museum. It features exhibits that I have only seen at the Experience Music Project. The displays are very informative and the descriptions are well written. There is a whole area where you can play different instruments.

Date of experience: September 2017
Thank OgreExtraordinaire
Reviewed 25 August 2018

Our friend is a retired teacher who taught music, so when she and her husband were visiting, we took them to the Museum of Making Music. There are a lot of historical displays telling about the evolution of the music industry and an interactive area...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank csarchibald
View more reviews
Nearby HotelsSee all 38 nearby hotels
Grand Pacific Palisades Resort and Hotel
2,073 reviews
.40 km away
LEGOLAND Castle Hotel
352 reviews
.49 km away
Carlsbad by the Sea Resort
726 reviews
.51 km away
LEGOLAND California Hotel
2,103 reviews
.62 km away
Nearby RestaurantsSee all 393 nearby restaurants
Karl Strauss Brewing Company
1,127 reviews
.42 km away
110 reviews
.39 km away
Bricks Family Restaurant
315 reviews
.60 km away
Ruby's Diner
415 reviews
.41 km away
Nearby AttractionsSee all 128 nearby attractions
The Flower Fields at Carlsbad RanchR
826 reviews
.52 km away
GIA Museum
90 reviews
.58 km away
LEGOLAND California
7,119 reviews
.53 km away
Questions & Answers
Ask a question
30 October 2018|
Response from MiaDerbas | Reviewed this property |
Per their website $10 but discounts are available online Enjoy