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The Museum of Making Music in San Diego

By Edited Sep 19, 2014 4 3
Museum of Making Music Gift Shop
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That's Music to my Ears

People play songs when they are happy or sad, when they want to dance, or even when they just want to sit still and think about the past or the future. Many people take music for granted because they hear it almost everywhere, at sporting events, shopping malls, in elevators, when they watch television or go to the movies, and the list goes on and on. The average person probably doesn't realize how prevalent it is in their lives. Think about the ways it has impacted your life. Do you remember the song that was playing when you had your first crush, kiss, or date? Think about how important it was to choose just the right song to play at your wedding and how that song can now bring back so many memories.

You can go almost anywhere and find people listening to tunes on their iPods or other devices. In addition, it has produced many a celebrity and a number of people depend on music for their livelihoods. We use music to pay tribute to our nation through the National Anthem and to worship God through hymns and other praise songs. We celebrate life and honor the memory of our loved ones through songs.

Music is such a big part of our lives and it's everywhere, but have you ever stopped to consider some of its history?

Museum of Making Music

Museum of Making Music Gift Shop Beatles Drum Set
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Located in the quaint coastal community of Carlsbad is a whimsical, fun, and modest little museum with a big sound, the Museum of Making Music. A nonprofit organization, the museum offers visitors an opportunity to take an interactive trip and discover the innovations in musical instruments that helped form American popular music. Although small in size, it houses over 450 vintage instruments, with some rare one-of-a-kind pieces. There are also several video and audio clips to enjoy throughout the museum and plenty of instruments you can pick up and play yourself.

The Galleries

Museum of Making Music Colorful Clarinets
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The space is composed (excuse the pun) of five galleries which cover a century of American musical innovations, products, and genres. Every gallery houses exhibits which chronologically tell the story of the development in music which has led to the sound of today.

The galleries are: America’s Music Industry Comes of Age (1890 to 1909); A Long Boom Before the Bust (1910 to 1929); The We’ll Try Anything Years (1930 to 1949); The Baby Boom Sparks Dynamic Growth (1950 to 1969); and Conglomerates Retire/Technology Inspires (1970 to 1989).

Helping the Community

Museum of Making Music Gift Sound of Sax Exhibit
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The museum is committed to provide over 700 children with free music lessons each year. They also offer a music camp, free trips for economically disadvantaged children and music scholarships. Adults can also get in on the fun through group lessons and performances.

So, the next time you're in northern San Diego take a trip to the Museum of Making Music, you will be amazed at what you find. Also, don't forget to say hello to their many senior citizen volunteers who are there to answer any questions and always have a smile on their face.

The museum is open from Tuesday through Sunday 10 AM to 5 PM and they are located at 5790 Armada Drive, in the city of Carlsbad. You can also call them toll-free at (877) 551 – 9976.

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Feb 22, 2013 4:05pm
I go to San Diego quite frequently, but somehow I didn't know about this. I'll definitely make it a point to get there on an upcoming trip. I completely consider myself a "music guy". Thanks for letting me know about this!
Feb 22, 2013 4:10pm
It's a small place inside an industrial park near LegoLand - very easy to miss. Thanks for the comment.
Jul 8, 2014 6:33am
Wow how generous - 700 kids get free music lessons each year. I think music should be essential, it's a language everyone understands. Thumbing, pinning, etc.
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