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Museum of Making Music plans grand reopening

CARLSBAD — The Museum of Making Music is undergoing a significant renovation to give visitors new interactive musical experiences at its Carlsbad location, 5790 Armada Drive.
This June, the museum will close its doors to complete work on important enhancements to its galleries, which explore the multifaceted history of American music and instrument making from the late 19th century to present day. Aimed at increasing visitors’ engagement with musical instruments and creating interactive learning experiences, the museum will unveil the new designs at a reopening celebration on Aug. 20.
“Since opening in 2000, the museum has exposed visitors to the history of music through educational programs, exhibitions and our live performance series,” said Carolyn Grant, executive director at the Museum of Making Music. “This renovation allows us to further expand the popular interactive portion of our museum’s vision, giving visitors a chance to pick up instruments and explore their own musicality during their visit.”
Four of the museum’s galleries, which showcase more than a century of musical innovations, will be enhanced to highlight a “breakthrough” instrument from each era and create new awareness of musical instrument innovation.
The museum’s fifth gallery will be fully renovated, offering nearly 1,100 square feet of updated stories of instrument innovation and usage as well as newly developed, state-of-the-art interactive displays. Visitors will be invited to sample music from around the world and play a variety of instruments independently or with their friends and family.
General admission to the museum is $7 and $5 for students, seniors and active military. Children ages 5 and under are free. The museum is open Tuesday through Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and is closed Mondays. For more information on the renovation project at the Museum of Making Music, visit