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You’ll hear a lot of it during your visit.  From the marches and rags of the early 1900s, through the evolutionary sounds of jazz, folk, rock ‘n roll and pop, to the cross cultural expressions of today’s connected world.

It’s the soundtrack of our lives, and it’s also part of a much larger story… the story of how an industry—the music products industry—supplies the world with the instruments, products and gear that we all use to make music.

And it’s a story we think you’ll enjoy! When you step into the galleries (and back in time) you’ll see outstanding examples of musical instruments, many of them displayed in vintage music store settings. You’ll also hear some familiar tunes in audio and video clips, have many hands-on opportunities to pick up and play a variety of instruments, and discover the innovative ways that the music industry has grown over the years. It’s an insider’s view of the world of making music—and it’s all here at the Museum of Making Music!

Don’t miss a beat! Visit the Museum of Making Music today and discover a world of music and music making.

Admission Rates

Museum & NAMM Members Free 
General Admission $10 
Active Military $7 
Seniors (age 60 and up) $7
Students $7
Children (age 3 and under) Free

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Museum Hours

Sunday 10 AM - 5 PM
Monday Closed
Tuesday 10 AM - 5 PM
Wednesday 10 AM - 5 PM
Thursday 10 AM - 5 PM
Friday 10 AM - 5 PM
Saturday 10 AM - 5 PM

The Museum is closed on the following holidays: New Year's Day (Jan 1), Independence Day (July 4), Thanksgiving Day (4th Thursday in November), and Christmas Day (Dec 25).


Parking is free at the Museum of Making Music. The parking lot is located directly behind the building. The parking lot includes two spaces reserved for bus and RV parking.

EV Charging Station

Electric Vehicle Charging Stations

The Museum's parking lot includes two reserved spots for electric vehicle charging. Charging station use is complimentary with paid admission. Inquire at the front desk upon arrival.

Directions to the museum

Driving Directions
  • Take I-5 to Carlsbad
  • Exit east at Palomar Airport Road
  • Turn left at Armada Drive
  • The Museum is at the top of the hill on the right side

  • Mass Transit

    The Museum is serviced by NCTD Southwest Carlsbad FLEX (#373). FLEX service provides travel anywhere within a designated zone Monday through Friday, 4:50 AM to 8:30 PM.

    Call (855) 844-1454 at least 30 minutes in advance to reserve a trip.


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