"GUITAR: The Instrument That Rocked The World" is the wildly popular traveling exhibit that will take your visitors on a fascinating exploration of the science, sound, history, and pop culture behind the world's favorite instrument. Immersed in a unique collection of instruments and hands-on interactives, people of all ages will experience an exhibit that is engaging, educational, and entertaining.

Packed with STEAM-based elements, GUITAR introduces visitors to concepts including electromagnetism, sound waves, frequency, decibel levels, mathematical scales, engineering design, and materials—along with amplification, memory skills, and performance.

Attendance at our host venues has soared—often by double digits—during the run of GUITAR, in many cases by more than 30%.The exhibit generates significant TV and radio coverage, headlines, and print and web media at each opening. And the opportunities for programming, promotion, and community engagement are endless.

GUITAR has become a "must-see" exhibit for visitors in every city it's been. Contact us now to bring one of today's most popular traveling exhibits—featuring the world's coolest cultural icon—to your venue!


"GUITAR: The Instrument That Rocked The World"

Category: Science, History & Culture
Target Audience: All age groups

Size: 4000 square feet to 7500 square feet. Completely self-contained, with a modular and flexible design to complement your floor plan and specific needs.
Transportation: The entire exhibit fits into one trailer
Standard Rental Length: Three months. Double/triple bookings available. Discounts may apply
Fee: Flexible terms. Contact director { at }


• More than 70 guitars (acoustic, electric, historical, unusual, antique)
• 15 Hands-on STEM interactives that demonstrate the science of sound and music (see below)
• 10 Video displays
• Interactive kiosks, computer displays, and sound stations
• World’s largest playable guitar as certified by the Guinness Book of Records – 43.5 feet long!
• Listening and viewing environments for different musical genres
• Photos, posters, graphics, illustrations, and banners all included
• Educational materials for classroom and gallery activities ready for download


Denver Museum Of Nature & Science
Denver, CO: November 19, 2021 – April 17, 2022

Carnegie Science Center
Pittsburgh, PA: May 20, 2022 – October 30, 2022


Orlando Science Center
Orlando, FL: June 2011 – January 2012 Debut

Louisville Science Center
Louisville, KY: January – April 2012

Carnegie Science Center
Pittsburgh, PA: June – September 2012

Science Museum of Virginia
Richmond, VA: October 2012 – January 2013

Springfield Museums
Springfield, MA: January – April 2013

The Museum Of Idaho
Idaho Falls, ID: June – November 2013

Reuben Fleet Science Center
San Diego, CA: December 2013 – April 2014

Bishop Museum
Honolulu, Hawai’i: May – September 2014

Liberty Science Center
Jersey City, NJ: October 2014 – January 2015

Imagination Station
Toledo, OH: February – May 2015

Discovery Place
Charlotte, NC: May – September 2015

Portland, OR: September 2015 – January 2016

Exploration Place
Wichita, KS: January – May 2016

Whitaker Center
Harrisburg, PA: June – September 2016

Gulf Coast Exploreum
Mobile, AL: September 2016 – January 2017

Buffalo Science Center
Buffalo, NY: January – May 2017

Berkshire Museum
Pittsfield, MA: May 2017 – September 2017

Kalamazoo Museum
Kalamazoo, MI: September 2017 – January 2018

Fort Worth Museum Of Science & History
Fort Worth, TX: January 2018 – May 2018

Museum Of The Rockies
Bozeman, MT: May – September 2018

Cincinnati Museum Center
Cincinnati, OH: September 2018 – January 2019

St. Louis Science Center
St. Louis, MO: January 19 – April 14, 2019

The History Museum At The Castle
Appleton, WI: May 2019 – January 2020

McWane Science Center
Birmingham, AL: January – September 2020

Riverfront Museum
Peoria, IL: September 26, 2020 – January 10, 2021

The Durham Museum
Omaha, NE: February 6, 2021 – April 25, 2021

The Bullock Texas State Museum
Austin, TX: May 18, 2021 – October 3, 2021


"We look for exhibits that take popular topics and add the science to them because people learn more while they're having fun. "Guitar: The Instrument That Rocked The World" has been a great fit for that reason." – JoAnn Newman, President. Orlando Science Center

"We've had terrific reaction from a wide variety of audiences, from the traditional museum member families to adults who appear to have a specific musical interest. The exhibit is also drawing the interest of dads, with children of a wide variety of ages. In the first month, the number of visitors on Saturdays increased by 92% and the number of Sunday visitors increased by 61%." – Jo Haas, CEO. Kentucky Science Center

"The GUITAR Exhibit rocked for us! We were able to attract a very broad audience beyond what we would typically see in our museum, and we received an enormous amount of media attention. For months after the exhibit left, people were still telling me how much they enjoyed it. A big success!" – Ann Metzger, Director. Carnegie Science Center and Carnegie Museum of Natural History

"This is one of the only exhibits where I can say that every element–from installation to the entire visitor experience–was 100 percent positive. We had numerous repeat visitors, along with people who had never come to the museum before. GUITAR had universal appeal and unparalleled patron satisfaction." – Rod Hansen, Director of Exhibits. The Museum Of Idaho

"GUITAR was an excellent exhibit that gave us the opportunity to build extensive programming around it. We were able to integrate the exhibit into ongoing "science of sound" demonstrations, events, and performances for our visitors during its entire run." – Russ Repp, Vice President. OMSI

"I was thrilled to have GUITAR here at the Buffalo Museum of Science. It was a success by every measure. The quality of the experience is wonderful and it has extremely wide appeal." – Marisa Wigglesworth, President and CEO. Buffalo Museum of Science

"GUITAR: The Instrument That Rocked The World drew crowds from our entire region and contributed to the busiest April we've seen in four years. The exhibition presents the elements of STEM through the science of sound and is also incredible visually appealing. Coverage of our opening event was terrific, and the world's largest guitar was a huge draw for media. The exhibit only closed a few weeks ago, and guests are already asking about its return!" - Rebecca Rodriguez, VP Marketing. Fort Worth Museum Of Science & History


"GUITAR: The Instrument That Rocked The World" is a touring exhibit produced by The National GUITAR Museum. The NGM was founded to promote and preserve the legacy of the guitar, and is the world's first museum dedicated to the history, science, evolution, and cultural impact of the guitar.

The NGM launched the exhibit in 2011. It is currently booked at sites across the country for the next several years. At the completion of the tour, one U.S. city will be chosen to become the permanent home of The National GUITAR Museum.

The museum is overseen by its executive director, HP Newquist, and is supported by curators, designers, museum professionals, and a Board Of Advisors that includes guitarists Tony Iommi, Steve Vai, Steve Howe, Liona Boyd, Ritchie Blackmore, and Joe Bonamassa.

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