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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

The Rebel Lovers

  • Saturday, June 15, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
  • Led by punk-rock accordionist Renée de la Prade, the Rebel Lovers play rocking dance music for people of all ages. Their show is a mix of zydeco, blues, rock, soul, and other styles to make very spicy grooves. Originally from San Francisco, and now living in Hamburg, Renée de la Prade plays the accordion, stomps, dances, and sings. She is joined by Ingo Bräuning from Meining, (now Hamburg) on the ... Read more

All upcoming events at Museum of Making Music

'Accordions: Expanding Voices In The USA'Starts December 13, 2018

The Rebel LoversJune 15, 2019

Make Music DayJune 21, 2019

An Evening With Raul Midón And Lionel LouekeJune 23, 2019

Yale Strom & Hot Pstromi (Featuring Peter Stan)July 11, 2019

Family Day: Patterns in MusicJuly 21, 2019

Alicia OlatujaJuly 26, 2019

Michael BridgeJuly 28, 2019

C.J. Chenier & The Red Hot Louisiana BandAugust 2, 2019

Ginny MacAugust 16, 2019

Family Day: Let's Go Cajun!August 18, 2019

John Jorgenson QuintetAugust 24, 2019

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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