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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.

Hours
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.

Features
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.

Admission
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

Make Music Day 2018

  • Tomorrow, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • The Museum of Making Music is a proud participant in Make Music Day, a free global celebration of music on June 21. Launched in 1982 in France as the Fête de la Musique, it is now held on the same day in more than 750 cities in 120 countries. Completely different from a typical music festival, Make Music is open to anyone who wants to take part. Every kind of ... Read more

All upcoming events at Museum of Making Music

Listening Through The Lens: The Music Photography Of Henry DiltzStarts June 9, 2018

Make Music Day 2018Tomorrow

San Francisco String TrioJune 23, 2018

Daneen WilburnJuly 7, 2018

Chicago SixJuly 15, 2018

Yuko Mabuchi TrioJuly 28, 2018

Los Angeles Percussion QuartetAugust 4, 2018

Sue PalmerAugust 19, 2018

Bluegrass Benefit Concert Featuring The Grascals & Flatt LonesomeAugust 25, 2018

David LindleySeptember 15, 2018

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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