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Museum of Making Music

5790 Armada Dr, Carlsbad, CA 92008-4608
+1 760-438-5996
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Music to R Ears

what a wonderful collection of history and music, could not believe some of the Guitars and... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Emma S
A gem of a place

My young adult daughter and I had a great time learning and being entertained by the information... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Stephanie C
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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.
  • Excellent66%
  • Very good27%
  • Average5%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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5790 Armada Dr, Carlsbad, CA 92008-4608
+1 760-438-5996
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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

Thank Emma S
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

My young adult daughter and I had a great time learning and being entertained by the information, instruments, recordings, varied cultural videos, and innovation studio. The photography of Graham Nash exhibit was just finishing, and that was a great addition.

Thank Stephanie C
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is a really unique place-great for all ages, and really educational for children (and adults). It was a wonderful experience.

Thank Hunter003
Reviewed 16 August 2017

Need a break from the sun or the rain? Have kids who like music? This is a small but hands-on museum where they can try different instruments. If you yourself are into music, it's worth a trip to see early guitars by Rickenbacker, Gibson, etc.

Thank danix
Reviewed 16 August 2017

This interactive museum allows you to see instruments, understand some of their histories, and has an interactive area as well . . . well worth a visit.

Thank YvonneFino
Reviewed 10 August 2017 via mobile

What a great stop for music lovers! So much rich history and information and some gorgeous instruments to look at. All the interactive pieces were a definite highlight

Thank unicyclistjoe
Reviewed 31 July 2017

If you are interested in music history, this little museum, in a beautiful location, is worth a visit. Musical instruments are on display from various eras. Several are available to try your hand at.

Thank Jan E
Reviewed 19 July 2017

This small museum offers a wide range of instruments and the ability to play them as well as providing an historical perspective on the development of instruments. Ongoing activities, presentations and docents. A wonderful gift shop, too.

Thank Norelynn
Reviewed 19 July 2017

I visited with my 15 year old and she really enjoyed the hands on section. There were some nice photos taken by Graham Nash and wonderful displays of instruments from the 19th century to now. It is a small museum, but well worth a stopover....More

Thank Cindy J
Reviewed 18 July 2017

This museum offers an entertaining and informative series of exhibits on the culture and music of America, primarily in the 20th century. Great music clips at the touch of a button. Also, some fun instruments to play. Very friendly and informative staff.

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