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Remodeled Museum of Making Music to open mid-June

A newly remodeled Museum of Making Music is slated to open to the public June 15 with the unveiling of four new galleries featuring innovative storytelling about musical instruments, their history and cultural impact.

The galleries each have a theme, ranging from “Making the Instruments,” “Providing the Instruments” and “Using the Instruments” to “Beyond the Instruments.” The exhibits include multimedia displays with video stories, photographs, performance clips and interviews from instrument creators, artists and industry innovators.

The Museum of Making Music first opened its doors in March 2000 to mark the centennial of the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) and to show the historical context of making music. Since then, the Carlsbad museum it has drawn thousands of local and international visitors.

Museum of Making Music

(Courtesy of Museum of Making Music)

“The new musical landscape, coupled with our growing and shifting audiences, made it clear that the time had come to modernize the museum  with new technologies and innovative storytelling, said Carolyn Grant, executive director of the museum.

The new gallery, “Making the Instruments,” looks at how instruments change over time because of emerging technologies, economic and social trends, popular culture and global migration.

“Providing the Instruments” shows how instruments have been introduced into the marketplace. Visitors can hear stories of entrepreneurship and listen to musical samples from the 1900s to today.

“Using the Instruments,” features a panoramic multimedia display exploring the theme of music as a journey and encourages visitors to think about the impact of music-making on their lives.

An area called “Beyond the Instruments,” which includes the Live Electronic Orchestra designed by Don Lewis, explores instruments as works of art and catalysts for cultural change.

An Interactive Gallery aimed at young visitors includes hand drums, ukuleles and other instruments for hands-on learning, and alongside each of the three main galleries there is a STEAM Learning Station. Throughout the galleries there are “Sit & Play” stations with a variety of stringed instruments, including a banjo and guitars.

A special exhibition area for the reopening will feature a new display, “A Moment to Reflect,” focusing on the experience of making music through instruments found in nature.

The renovations, which cost $1 million, were funded by donations from community members, businesses and foundations along with the County of San Diego. The museum continues to seek funding at museumofmakingmusic.org/renovation/support.

Starting June 15, the museum, 5790 Armada Drive, will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Sundays following health mandates. Admission is $15; $10 for seniors, students and active military; free for museum members, NAMM members, and children ages 3 and younger.  Advance tickets are required;
visit museumofmakingmusic.org/reopening.