Museum of Making Music

Museum About Music?


When I think of museums, I first think of art museums, where I can view paintings and sculptures from great artists like Cezanne and Picasso. Then, if I press my mind, I remember there are museums of natural history and space museums. As a visual person, a reader and writer, I don’t think of museums housing musical instruments and displaying them. Then again, I thought the same thing about the American Writer’s Museum in Chicago, Illinois. After all, aren’t we generally quiet at museums, reading descriptions of the artwork, enjoying the perfect light, being told not to get too close to the artwork by staff standing at the entrances of each room?

Research for a Novel

I’m in full writing mode for my novel set in Hilo but should I ever write a book about a musician, this will be one of my first research stops. I would touch the instrument to feel its heft, to hear the sound it makes when only one key is struck and talk to the museum staff about other resources on music research.


Visitor Info


In October, San Diego Museum Council and its participating museums offer free admission for children with an adult ticket purchase. It was in October that I finally visited this museum, despite having worked a block away from it for four years. It’s almost hidden in an office building next to Charles Schwab and on the way to Legoland.

General Admission is only $10 and there are discounts for students and seniors as of the writing of this but most costs are fully subsidized by the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM).

Located at 5790 Armada Drive, Carlsbad, CA
Closed Mondays and major holidays

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