GUITAR: The Exhibit


“GUITAR: The Instrument That Rocked The World” is a Touring Exhibition that offers attendees an entertaining, engaging, and educational 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.

To date, over 1,000,000 people have seen the exhibit!

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@nationalguitarmuseum.com We look forward to hearing from you.

 

THE EXHIBIT

  • More than 70 guitars (acoustic, electric, historical, unusual, antique)
  • 15 Hands-on interactives that demonstrate the science of sound and music
  • 10 Video displays
  • World’s largest playable guitar as certified by the Guinness Book of Records – 43.5′!
  • Photos, graphics, projections, illustrations featuring:
    • Guitars and Personality: photos by Neil Zlozower
    • Vintage Steel: X-rays of Historic Instruments, by Professor John Thomas
  • Listening and viewing environments for each musical genre (classical, jazz, blues, country, folk, and rock)

 

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.

 

Telecaster Sitar

 

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 Kids Guitar

 

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. Guitars for use as a resource and for demonstration are provided to each museum.

Activity Kids Cardboard Play Guitars

 

DISPLAY

The Exhibition is ideally suited for science centers, history museums, and general interest venues. GUITAR is laid out specifically for every location, ranging in size from 4000 square feet to 7500 square feet. The entire exhibition travels from city to city on a single truck and is installed at each venue for three months at a time.

Installation Portland OMSI

 

UPCOMING VENUES

MuseumLocationDate
Buffalo Museum Of ScienceBuffalo, NYJanuary 20, 2017 - May 7, 2017
Berkshire MuseumPittsfield, MAMay 20, 2017 - September 4, 2017
Kalamazoo MuseumKalamazoo, MISeptember 30, 2017 - January 7, 2018
AVAILABLE Spring 2018

SPRING 2018January 26, 2018 - May 6, 2018
Museum Of The RockiesBozeman, MTMay 28, 2018 - September 9, 2018
AVAILABLE Fall 2018

FALL 2018September 28, 2018 - January 6, 2019
AVAILABLE 2019

2019January 25, 2019 - December 31, 2019

 

PREVIOUS VENUES

MuseumLocationDate
Connnecticut Discovery MuseumBridgeport, CTFebruary 15, 2011 - May 15, 2011
Orlando Science CenterOrlando, FLJune 11, 2011 - January 4, 2012
Louisville Science CenterLouisville, KYJanuary 21, 2012 - April 22, 2012
Carnegie Science CenterPittsburgh, PAJune 16, 2012 - September 30, 2012
Science Museum of VirginiaRichmond, VAOctober 13, 2012 - January 6, 2013
Springfield MuseumsSpringfield, MAJanuary 18, 2013 - April 21, 2013
The Museum of IdahoIdaho Falls, IDJune 10, 2013 - November 30, 2013
Reuben Fleet Science CenterSan Diego, CADecember 20, 2013 - April 6, 2014
Bishop MuseumHonolulu, HawaiiMay 9, 2014 - September 1, 2014
Liberty Science CenterJersey City, NJOctober 4, 2014 - January 4, 2015
Imagination StationToledo, OHFebruary 13, 2015 - May 17, 2015
Discovery PlaceCharlotte, NCMay 31, 2015 - September 7, 2015
OMSIPortland, ORSeptember 26, 2015 - January 10, 2016
Exploration PlaceWichita, KSJanuary 30, 2016 - May 8, 2016
Whitaker CenterHarrisburg, PAJune 4, 2016 - September 4, 2016
Gulf Coast ExploreumMobile, ALSeptember 24, 2016 - January 3, 2017