The Museum of Making Music, a Division of the NAMM Foundation
Founded in 1998 by the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM), the Museum of Making Music, a Division of the NAMM Foundation, is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.
The Museum was developed to showcase and celebrate the music products industry. Soon thereafter, in March 2000, the Museum was opened to the public. For over ten years, the Museum has provided opportunities for cultural enrichment while preserving our musical heritage through special exhibitions, innovative concerts and educational programs aimed toward a wide range of audiences. On permanent display are hundreds of vintage instruments, audio and video clips, and a vibrant interactive area. Organized chronologically, each gallery features the historic milestones, popular music and instruments of those eras. A snapshot of music business practices and nostalgic re-creations of music stores provide a glimpse into the music products industry. Special exhibitions are presented twice a year with concurrent music presentations and workshops highlighting renowned international and national musicians as well as local talent. The Museum believes in broad-based educational programming, and providing accessible instructional experience to students of all ages and backgrounds.
Our Core Beliefs
- Exploring connections between people, instruments and the music we make is an important message that needs to be explored and conveyed.
- The industry story is part of a larger cycle of music making story that is not yet widely understood and merits attention.
- Active music making is an essential element of the full human experience.
- Exposure to musicians and live music is important to one's understanding of music making.
- Providing equal access to museum exhibitions and programs is central to our work.
- The ultimate purpose of the Museum is to make this a more musical world.