Museum About Music?


When I think of museums, I first think of art museums, where I can view paintings and sculptures from various artists and cultures. Then, if I press my mind, I remember there are museums of natural history, space, cultural, even trains. I typically don’t think of museums housing musical instruments because instruments seem synonymous with sound, not the whispers and footsteps often heard in a museum. Then again, I had a similar thought about the American Writer’s Museum in Chicago, Illinois – why would there be a museum of writer’s works when we should be reading their works?

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