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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

Special Edition Orchestra

  • Today, 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
  • The Museum of Making Music's Summer Sounds Series kicks off with Special Edition Orchestra. The “big band that swings” performs music from the 1940s and 50s including best-selling songs from legendary bandleaders Glen Miller, Benny Goodman, Tommy & Jimmy Dorsey, Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Artie Shaw and more. Presented by John Hall and conducted by Dave Murray, the Special Edition Orchestra is comprised of professional musicians and vocalists from the ... Read more

All upcoming events at Museum of Making Music

'Summer Of Innovation'Starts June 3, 2017

Special Edition OrchestraToday

From MoMM To MoosepassJune 3, 2017

Peter Sprague's 'Planet Cole Porter'June 16, 2017

Make Music Day Celebration At Museum Of Making MusicJune 21, 2017

Lori Bell: From Bach To BebopJune 25, 2017

Paula ColeJuly 6, 2017

Sounds Like San Diego VIIIJuly 8, 2017

Chase MorrinJuly 15, 2017

Mandy HarveyJuly 22, 2017

Cynthia Sayer Hot Jazz TrioJuly 30, 2017

Sounds From The Sea: An Instrument Building WorkshopAugust 5, 2017

Music In Our Natural World: A Concert And ConversationAugust 6, 2017

Joyce MorenoAugust 12, 2017

Danny Green Trio + StringsAugust 19, 2017

Musical Voice Of The ThereminAugust 26, 2017

HornswoggleAugust 27, 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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