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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

MoMM@Home: Tiffany Christopher - A One Woman Band

  • Friday, April 16, 2 p.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Tiffany Christopher discusses her career and shares how she uses looping and layering to create her sonic identity as a one woman band. MoMM@Home is a live webcast hosted and produced by the Museum of Making Music. Each week we welcome musicians, artists, instrument makers, and instrument retailers for a discussion that explores their unique careers, contributions, and experiences in the world of making music. Viewers are encouraged to engage ... Read more

All upcoming events at Museum of Making Music

MoMM@Home: Tiffany Christopher - A One Woman BandApril 16, 2021

MoMM@Home: Eric Whitacre - The Virtual ChoirApril 23, 2021

MoMM@Home: Chuck Surack - The Sweetwater Story With Special Guest Joe LamondApril 30, 2021

MoMM@Home: Michael Franklin Of Solar Music ProductionsMay 3, 2021

MoMM@Home: Sugaray Rayford - Singing The Blues For YouMay 21, 2021

MoMM@Home: Mallory Nees — Social Media Strategist for Reverb.comMay 28, 2021

MoMM@Home: Julia Jordan KamandaJune 11, 2021

MoMM@Home: David Castañeda — Exploring Latin PercussionJune 18, 2021

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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