Museum of Making Music Reopening Information


JUNE 15, 2021

After several years of planning and a complete remodel of the Museum of Making Music’s physical space, we invite you to celebrate our grand reopening to the public on June 15!

The Museum of Making Music is an inviting and engaging place for families and individuals alike. It’s a destination. A place of inquiry. A place of discovery. A place where the creative relationship between people, musical instruments, and music is explored. And a place where your imagination takes flight.

See hundreds of instruments on display from the last 150 years, hear a vast sampling of musical styles from yesterday and today, experience an immersive panoramic multimedia display and multiple hands-on opportunities, and reflect on what it means to make music in your life and in the world today.

Starting on June 15, we will resume our normal hours of operations. The Museum will be open Tuesday through Sunday from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM. The Museum will be closed on Mondays and major national holidays.



In order to exceed the health and safety expectations of our guests, we are temporarily implementing timed admission reservations. 


  • All guests must purchase their admission in advance either online or by phone.


  • Admission reservations can be made for 15-minute arrival windows.
  • The earliest available arrival window is 10:00 AM. The latest available arrival window is 3:30 PM.
  • If capacity is sold out for your desired arrival window, we ask that you choose another arrival window.
  • We ask that guests arrive no earlier nor later than fifteen minutes of your chosen start time.  For example: if you reserved admission for 10:00 AM, please arrive no earlier than 9:45 AM and no later than 10:15 AM.


  • We are currently offering admission reservations through July 15.


    • Click on the link below.
    • Select a date for your visit.
    • Select a time for your visit.
    • Add the appropriate number of tickets to your cart and continue the checkout process.



  • PHONE: You can reserve admission by calling (760) 304-5844.


The health and safety of our visitors and staff is our top priority. We have implemented additional protocols to our already rigorous cleaning schedule and we ask that visitors respect these modifications in the interest of safety.


  • All staff, volunteers, and visitors (over the age of 2 years) must  wear a mask  that covers the nose and mouth while at the Museum of Making Music (both inside and outside).
  • Masks must be worn regardless of vaccination status. There are no exceptions.
  • Capacity is limited to allow for adequate physical distancing. All visitors and staff are requested to keep at least 6 feet of distance to the best of their ability.
  • Distance markers are placed in areas where lines may form and we ask visitors to keep an eye out for these markers.
  • There are hand sanitizer stations for visitor and staff use throughout our spaces. We also encourage visitors to bring their own hand sanitizer.
  • We ask all of our guests to use hand sanitizer stations before using interactive instruments. Please use stylus (available at entrance) for touch screen interactivity.


  • The Museum’s cleaning products are CDC-recommended for COVID-19 disinfection.
  • We will close interactive areas once a day to allow for disinfection.
  • Our staff will monitor and disinfect high-touch spaces throughout the day.
  • Instruments that require special cleaning products will be handled by staff only.


  • Restrooms: We ask visitors to follow the posted capacity limitations and adhere to the distance markers on the floor.
  • Drinking Fountain: Access to the drinking fountain will be closed.

Even with these measures in place, we want to remind all guests that COVID-19 is a highly contagious virus largely transmitted through respiratory droplets. There is always a chance of contracting COVID-19 or any contagious disease when choosing to visit any public location.

Please stay home if you are experiencing any of the following symptoms. We are more than happy to exchange admission tickets for another day if you or anyone in your party is sick.

  • A temperature over 100.1°F
  • Body aches or chills
  • A persistent cough or sore throat
  • Loss of taste or smell
  • Flu-like stomach issues such as diarrhea or vomiting

We ask that all visitors acknowledge and respect our safety protocol before purchasing tickets and while visiting the Museum.