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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

Muriel Anderson with Special Guest Sandro Norton

  • Thursday, January 23, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
  • Considered one of the world’s foremost fingerstyle guitarists and harp-guitarists, Muriel Anderson is an engaging performer with a unique approach to the instrument. One minute she launches into a startlingly authentic Spanish-style original, then a Beatles’ tune, and next virtually transforms the guitar into Bluegrass band, a marching band, then a Japanese koto. Muriel’s innovative CD that lights up, “Nightlight Daylight” was chosen as one of the top 10 CDs ... Read more

All upcoming events at Museum of Making Music

Music From The Sound Up: The Creative Tools Of SynthesisStarts October 18, 2019

Muriel Anderson with Special Guest Sandro NortonJanuary 23, 2020

Shana TuckerFebruary 8, 2020

Family Fun Day With BlipbloxFebruary 16, 2020

The Ballad of Don LewisFebruary 16, 2020

Beausoleil Avec Michael Doucet (With Guest Sarah Quintana)February 21, 2020

Beyond The PaleFebruary 29, 2020

Judy CarmichaelMarch 6, 2020

New West Guitar Group With Sara GazarekMarch 21, 2020

Curtis TaylorMarch 28, 2020

The HillBenders present: WhoGrass!April 4, 2020

Instrument Exploration: The Human VoiceApril 16, 2020

Peter Sprague & Sinne EegApril 18, 2020

SongbirdsApril 30, 2020

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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