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GUITAR: The Instrument That Rocked The World” is a Touring Exhibition that offers attendees an entertaining, engaging, and hands-on experience with one of the most important cultural icons in history: the guitar. The Exhibition is comprised of three elements: the science of sound; the evolution, engineering, and design of the guitar; and its cultural impact. The Exhibition engages visitors in an experience that is visual, tactile, and aural. “GUITAR: The Instrument That Rocked The World” has it all: Music. Science. History. Pop culture. Video. Education. Interactives. Games.


It has an immense cool factor and is designed from the outset to attract all age groups - from individuals to families. Kids, teenagers, adults . . . every age group has its own connection to the guitar, from classic rock songs and concert memories on to film soundtracks and videogames. And the guitar has no boundaries: every form of popular music features the guitar.

If your museum or venue is interested in installing one of the most successful and exciting traveling exhibitions in years, contact us at 917-208-4333, or email us at director {at} nationalguitarmuseum.com We look forward to hearing from you.

To date, over 800,000 people have seen the exhibit!

Upcoming Shows:

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Touring Exhibit Schedule:

LIBERTY SCIENCE CENTER Liberty State Park, NJ: Now Through January 2015
IMAGINATION STATION Toledo, OH: February 2015 - May 2015
DISCOVERY PLACE Charlotte, NC: May 31, 2015 - September 2015
OMSI Portland, OR: October 2015 – January 2016
EXPLORATION PLACE Wichita, KS: January 2016 – April 2016
WHITAKER CENTER Harrisburg, PA: May 2016 – September 2016
KALAMAZOO MUSEUM Kalamazoo, MI: September 2017 – January 2018


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Previous Venues:

Connecticut Discovery Museum: February 15 - May 15, 2011 (Previews)
Orlando Science Center Orlando, FL: June 11, 2011 - January 4, 2012 (National Launch)
Louisville Science Center Louisville, KY: January 21 - April 22, 2012
Carnegie Science Center Pittsburgh, PA: June 16 - September 30, 2012
Science Museum of Virginia Richmond, VA: October 13 - January 6, 2013
The Springfield Museum Springfield, MA: January 18 – April 21, 2013
The Museum Of Idaho Idaho Falls, ID – Yellowstone: June 10 – November 30, 2013
The Reuben H. Fleet Science Center San Diego, CA: December 20, 2013 – April 6, 2014
The Bishop Museum Honolulu, HI: May 10, 2014 – September 1, 2014



DISPLAYS & INTERACTIVES
• More than 70 guitars (acoustic, electric, historical, unusual, antique)
• Science of sound and music
• Video displays
• Hands-on interactives
• Photos, graphics, projections, illustrations featuring:
• History and Art of Guitar Design, by noted illustrator Gerard Huerta
• Guitars And Personality, with photos by Neil Zlozower
• “Vintage Steel” X-rays of Historic Instruments, by Professor John Thomas
• Interactive kiosks, computer displays, and sound stations
• Listening environments for each musical genre (classical, jazz, blues, country, folk, and rock)
• World’s largest playable guitar as certified by Guinness Book Of Records!


Kids And Interactives
SCIENCE
The physics of the guitar, from its construction to the way it creates sound, is an amazing study in science. The selection of woods, the choice of strings, electromagnetism, and amplification are all fused into one elaborate instrument capable of producing surprisingly complex sounds.


Old World New World
HISTORY
As the guitar evolved from European and Asian instruments during the Middle Ages (oud, tanbur, and lute), it gave players a sense of musical and personal freedom. Its image became inextricably linked with those who followed their own path, from balladeers and Gypsies in Europe on to cowboys along the American frontier. Slaves, sharecroppers, protest singers, and teenage rebels all used the guitar as the soundtrack to songs that questioned the way of the world . . . giving birth to the blues, folk music, and rock and roll. 



Activity Camp for Kids
OUTREACH
The Exhibition's historical, scientific, and cultural elements have established the exhibit as an attraction for school field trips . . . and the basis for kids’ camps. A complete curriculum package includes classroom collateral, lesson plans, student activities and teacher materials for history, music, and science classes.



Visitors

EVENTS
Events at each venue have included the giveaway of selected guitars, guest tickets, and local media promotions. Rallies/exclusive parties with guitar celebrities have also generated extensive media coverage, community enthusiasm, and word-of-mouth. Local guitar-themed concerts have become an ongoing element of the Exhibition in every city.

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