Museum of Making Music Reopening Information



After several years of planning and a complete remodel of the Museum of Making Music’s physical space, we invite you to discover the newly renovated Museum.  As of June 15, we are now open to the public!

The Museum of Making Music is an inviting and engaging place for families and individuals alike. It’s a destination. A place of inquiry. A place of discovery. A place where the creative relationship between people, musical instruments, and music is explored. And a place where your imagination takes flight.

See hundreds of instruments on display from the last 150 years, hear a vast sampling of musical styles from yesterday and today, experience an immersive panoramic multimedia display and multiple hands-on opportunities, and reflect on what it means to make music in your life and in the world today.

As of June 15th, we have resumed our normal hours of operations. The Museum is open Tuesday through Sunday from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM. The Museum isclosed on Mondays and major national holidays.



In order to exceed the health and safety expectations of our guests, we are temporarily implementing timed admission reservations. 


  • All guests must purchase their admission in advance either online or by phone.


  • Admission reservations can be made for 15-minute arrival windows.
  • The earliest available arrival window is 10:00 AM. The latest available arrival window is 3:30 PM.
  • If capacity is sold out for your desired arrival window, we ask that you choose another arrival window.
  • We ask that guests arrive no earlier nor later than fifteen minutes of your chosen start time.  For example: if you reserved admission for 10:00 AM, please arrive no earlier than 9:45 AM and no later than 10:15 AM.


  • We are currently offering admission reservations through July 15After July 15, you do not need timed ticket admission reservations.


    • Click on the link below.
    • Add the appropriate number of tickets to your cart and continue the checkout process.



  • PHONE: You can reserve admission by calling (760) 304-5844.


The health and safety of our visitors and staff is our top priority. We have implemented additional protocols to our already rigorous cleaning schedule and we ask that visitors respect these modifications in the interest of safety.


  • In keeping with CDC guidelines, masks are optional for fully vaccinated guests.  For guests who are are not fully vaccinated, masks are required to be worn while inside the Museum. Individual mask exemptions are based upon California Department of Public Health guidelines.
  • All visitors and staff are encouraged to keep at least 6 feet of distance to the best of their ability.
  • There are hand sanitizer stations for visitor and staff use throughout our spaces. We also encourage visitors to bring their own hand sanitizer.
  • We ask all of our guests to use hand sanitizer stations before using interactive instruments. Please use stylus (available at entrance) for touch screen interactivity.


  • The Museum’s cleaning products are CDC-recommended for COVID-19 disinfection.
  • We will close interactive areas once a day to allow for disinfection.
  • Our staff will monitor and disinfect high-touch spaces throughout the day.
  • Instruments that require special cleaning products will be handled by staff only.


  • Restrooms: We ask visitors to follow the posted capacity limitations.
  • Drinking Fountain: Access to the drinking fountain will be closed.

Even with these measures in place, we want to remind all guests that COVID-19 is a highly contagious virus largely transmitted through respiratory droplets. There is always a chance of contracting COVID-19 or any contagious disease when choosing to visit any public location.

Please stay home if you are experiencing any of the following symptoms. We are more than happy to exchange admission tickets for another day if you or anyone in your party is sick.

  • A temperature over 100.1°F
  • Body aches or chills
  • A persistent cough or sore throat
  • Loss of taste or smell
  • Flu-like stomach issues such as diarrhea or vomiting

We ask that all visitors acknowledge and respect our safety protocol before purchasing tickets and while visiting the Museum.