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Museum of Making Music

Founded in 1998, the Museum of Making Music explores the multifaceted history of the American music products industry from its beginnings in the 1890s to today. Housed at NAMM Headquarters in Carlsbad, California (north San Diego county), the Museum tells stories of hard work, challenge, inspiration and pioneering innovation, and reveals the profound relationship between the industry, popular music, and global culture.

The Museum serves as a resource for the community of NAMM members through the preservation, interpretation and sharing of the industry’s collective history in a public museum context. In addition, it reveals the unique and often unknown story of the music products industry to the general public.

Through intimate concerts, films, discussions, hands-on workshops, volunteer opportunities and programs for youth, the Museum opens doors to enable people of all ages and walks of life to find their way into the richly kaleidoscopic world of music making.

The Museum is open Tuesday through Sunday from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. The Museum is closed on Mondays and on major U.S. holidays, including: New Year's Day, Independence Day, Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day.

The Museum's Interactive Area. The interactive area is where visitors have the chance to make their own music. It includes a variety of hands-on instruments that represent both the latest innovations and lasting traditions in musical instruments. Most interactive instruments come equipped with a pair of headphones so that guests can discover instruments and play privately.

Exhibitions. The Museum regularly curates special exhibitions that help tell the story of instrument innovations and the music products industry. These special exhibitions help enhance the normal display artifacts and provide glimpses at unique pieces of history. These exhibitions usually only are viewable for a limited time. Due to their temporary nature, we have taken the initiative to begin cataloging these exhibitions in greater visual (and sometimes aural) detail so that we may present them to you in the virtually limitless expanse of the internet.

General Admission: $10
Seniors (60+), students (4-18), & active military (w/ID): $7
Museum members & children 3 and under: Free

Upcoming event at Museum of Making Music

Muriel Anderson's 'Wonderlust'

  • Thursday, January 26, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
  • One of the world’s foremost fingerstyle guitarists and harp-guitarists, Muriel Anderson is the first woman to have won the National Fingerstyle Guitar Championship. Her world-renowned guitar and harp guitar playing is highlighted by a backdrop of stunning visuals by photo-artist Bryan Allen. Muriel played a Martin Dreadnought early in her career and this performance pays tribute to those days with added Dreadnought audio-visual elements. Muriel will bring listeners on a ... Read more

All upcoming events at Museum of Making Music

Muriel Anderson's 'Wonderlust'January 26, 2017

Carl Verheyen BandJanuary 28, 2017

Lowell Levinger: Banana From The YoungbloodsFebruary 4, 2017

Family Fun TourFebruary 11, 2017

Sensory Friendly KinderKoncertFebruary 15, 2017

Ages And AgesFebruary 17, 2017

James Hill & Anne JanelleFebruary 23, 2017

Maria MaldaurMarch 4, 2017

California Guitar TrioMarch 18, 2017

Guitarmania To BeatlemaniaMarch 25, 2017

Laurence JuberMarch 25, 2017

Tom Paxton & The Don JuansMarch 31, 2017

Learn To...SongwriteApril 1, 2017

An Evening With Graham NashApril 8, 2017

BeauSoleil avec Michael DoucetApril 21, 2017

Classic Strings & Modern BrewApril 29, 2017

Past events

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Business hours

Sunday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Tuesday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Wednesday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Thursday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Friday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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