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Guitar: The Instrument That Rocked The World

Take a journey through a motley crew of legendary guitars in GUITAR: The Instrument That Rocked The World!

Explore the history of the world’s most recognized musical instrument. Experience diverse genres of music and discover the science of pitch and tone. Crossing over cultural boundaries, the guitar has made a significant impact on a wide variety of groups from gypsies to cowboys to teenage rebels.

Not a fan of rock and roll? Don’t fret, Guitar celebrates all music — from classical to heavy metal!

See over 60 guitars and nearly 100 historical artifacts that immerse you in the heart of music. Experience the rush of the world’s most recognized musical instrument through the powerful lens of science. You, too, can play a Guinness Record-breaking 43.5 foot long guitar. Discover how the selection of different materials and strings, fused with electromagnetism and amplification, create an elaborate device that has revolutionized music.

“The guitar is the most enduring icon in American history,” says The National Guitar Museum Executive Director and founder H.P. Newquist. “It has been around longer than baseball, basketball, soft drinks and sports cars.”

The guitar is the single most enduring icon in American history. This fully immersive exhibition explores all facets of the world’s most popular instrument, from its history as an instrument of popular culture over the past 400 hundred years to the science of creating sound with wood and steel.

Experience the science, sound, history, and cultural impact of the guitar in an exhibition that contains instruments ranging from the rare and antique to the wildly popular and innovative — along with hands-on interactives, models, touchscreens, performance video, audio, stunning images, and photographs.

View a list of guitars in the exhibit

GUITAR: The Instrument That Rocked the World is a touring exhibition of the National GUITAR Museum.







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