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About the Museum of Making Music

The Museum of Making Music, located in Carlsbad, is a unique institution dedicated to celebrating the rich history and cultural significance of musical instruments and the music industry. The museum offers visitors an engaging journey through the evolution of music making, featuring a diverse collection of instruments, exhibits, and programs that highlight the transformative power of music.

Historical Overview

  • Foundation: The Museum of Making Music was established in 1998 by the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM). It was created to showcase the impact of musical instruments on popular culture and to educate the public about the music industry.

Key Features and Exhibits

  • History of Music Making: The museum’s main exhibits take visitors through the history of musical instruments from the late 19th century to the present day. Each gallery is dedicated to a specific era, showcasing instruments, artifacts, and the cultural context of the times.
  • Instrument Collections: The museum features a wide variety of musical instruments, including vintage guitars, pianos, synthesizers, drums, and brass and woodwind instruments. These collections highlight the craftsmanship and technological advancements in instrument design.
  • Special Exhibits: The museum hosts rotating special exhibits that focus on specific themes, genres, or influential figures in the music industry. These exhibits provide deeper insights into particular aspects of music history and innovation.
  • Audio and Video Displays: Throughout the museum, audio and video displays allow visitors to hear and see the instruments in action. These multimedia elements enhance the educational experience by demonstrating how the instruments sound and are played.
  • Live Performances and Events: The museum regularly hosts live performances, concerts, and educational events that bring the exhibits to life. These events feature local and visiting musicians and provide opportunities for visitors to experience live music in an intimate setting.

Visiting Tips for Families

  • Plan Ahead: Check the Museum of Making Music’s website for current exhibits, special events, and educational programs to make the most of your visit. Check operating times to ensure the museum is open during your planned visit.
  • Engage with Staff: Utilize the knowledgeable staff and volunteers who can provide insights and answer questions about the exhibits and the history of music making.
  • Participate in Activities: Encourage children to participate in the interactive exhibits and family programs to enhance their learning experience and enjoyment of the museum.


By visiting the Museum of Making Music, families can explore the fascinating history and cultural significance of musical instruments and the music industry. The museum provides a dynamic and educational environment that inspires curiosity, creativity, and a deeper appreciation for the art of music making. Whether exploring the diverse instrument collections, enjoying multimedia displays, or attending live performances, the Museum of Making Music offers an enriching experience for visitors of all ages


Educator Package: Includes educational resources, interactive project ideas, trip organization, direct experiential opportunities to help better connect the experience with your students and complimentary chaperone ticket. Does not include student ticket.


Student Package: Includes engaging pre and post educational visit activities, trip organization and student ticket.

Museum of Making Music

PriceFrom $29.00
  • Please use the information on this page (package type, venue name, price, etc.) to submit an order request with your school. Once your order is approved, your school will forward the request to us. We will then reach out to you with instructions on how to finalize your trip details and access accompanying resources. Once finalized, you will receive your e-tickets and any additional materials directly to your inbox within 1-3 business days. If you don't see our email(s), please check your spam folder prior to contacting us.


    To ensure a smooth process, it is generally recommended to submit your order with your school AT LEAST 10 business days prior to your trip date, unless you are booking a venue that requires more advanced planning. *Please be mindful of your school's processing times and plan accordingly.

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