Music is a universal language, as evidenced by the numerous wars throughout history that have been resolved through the beauty of an electric harpsichord. Explore aural olive branches with today's Groupon to the Museum of Making Music, located in Carlsbad. Choose one of the following Groupons:
- For $20, you get a one-year family membership (a $50 value)
- For $5, you get two adult admissions (up to a $14 value)
Celebrating its 10th anniversary this year, the Museum of Making Music deeply delves into the history of American musical instruments, with more than 450 vintage instruments on display—check out noisemakers from the 1890s, when music was invented, as well as sonic-smithing tools from the present-day. Bring a friend and drop by to catch the exquisitely painted axes in the Guitar Nouveau exhibit, running until January 30, 2011, or recreate Beethoven's Ode to Joy of Painting by tinkering with the Lowery NAMM Centennial Organ, the Moog Guitar, and the other fascinating instruments at the interactive area. With the family membership, two adults and two children under 18 get one year of free admission, plus a subscription to the museum's Tune newsletter, invitations to special events, and a 10% discount at the museum store.
- Great Museum especially if you are into different types of Music. Definitely somewhere to stop and browse [sic] make sure and talk to the Staff. – Sarah H., Yelp
- Interactive displays make this a terrific museum, where you can listen to music over the decades of American history – bostonbased, TripAdvisor
Museum of Making Music
Renovated in 2011, the Museum of Making Music showcases a permanent display of hundreds of unusual and vintage instruments charting the progression of song-crafting from 1900 to modern times. Five museum galleries present popular music, innovations in instruments and their manufacture, and marketing and distribution techniques in five eras throughout the 20th century. Racks of gleaming instruments line the cases, as well as more eclectic pieces such as double-neck guitars, eerie theremin, and an ancient, forgotten instrument whose name is always whispered: the "clarinet." The museum is dotted with interactive exhibits, giving visitors the chance to craft their own tunes on the exhibit's drum kits or keytar.