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Museum of Making Music
- 5790 Armada Dr.
- Carlsbad, CA 92008
- Fax 760-438-8964
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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
- Friday, October 25, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
- As the son of blues legend Lonnie Brooks, Ronnie Baker Brooks has been climbing the blues world’s ladder all his life. Born in Chicago, he started playing guitar around age six. At 19, he joined his father, who had influenced some of the most well-known bluesman of our history: Jimmy Reed, the Fabulous Thunderbirds, Johnny Winter, and Junior Wells. For 12 years the two would tour together, putting Ronnie out ... Read more
All upcoming events at Museum of Making Music
Ronnie Baker BrooksOctober 25, 2019
Nellie McKayNovember 1, 2019
California Guitar TrioNovember 8, 2019
Sons Of MystroNovember 14, 2019
Family Day: Dixieland Day!November 24, 2019
Rob Ickes & Trey HensleyDecember 7, 2019
Scott Wilkie & Friends: Joy, The Christmas ConcertDecember 13, 2019