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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. It has science, history, pop culture, music, videos, dozens of instruments, lots of "touchables" and "playables" and just about everything else that makes the guitar the most incredible musical instrument ever created.

To date, over a quarter of a million people have seen the exhibit!

Upcoming Shows:

Carnegie Science Center / Pittsburgh, PA: June 16 - September 30, 2012
Science Museum of Virginia / Richmond, VA: October 13 - January 4, 2013
The Springfield Museum / Springfield, MA: January 18 - April 21, 2013
The Museum Of Idaho / Idaho Falls – Yellowstone Park: June 1 – November 30, 2013
Liberty Science Center / Liberty Park - Jersey City, NJ - October 2014/January 215

LSC Guitar Walls

Previous Venues:

Connecticut Discovery Museum: February 15 - May 15, 2011 (Previews)
Orlando Science Center: June 11, 2011 - January 4, 2012 (National Launch)
Louisville Science Center: January 21 - April 22, 2012

• Dozens of guitars (acoustic, electric, historical, unusual, antique)
• Science of sound and music
• Video screens
• 360-degree interactives and display cases
• Photos, graphics, projections, illustrations
• Interactive kiosks, computer displays, and sound stations
• Listening environments for each musical genre (classical, jazz, blues, country, folk, and rock)

Kids And Interactives
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
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
The Exhibition's historical, scientific, and cultural elements will establish it as an attraction for school field trips. A complete curriculum package will include classroom collateral, lesson plans, student activities and teacher materials for history, music, and science classes.


Events at each venue will include the giveaway of selected guitars, guest tickets, and local media promotions. Rallies/exclusive parties with guitar celebrities will generate enthusiasm and word-of-mouth. Local guitar-themed concerts will be tied in with the Exhibition.

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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 exciting traveling exhibitions in years, contact us at 917-208-4333, or email us at director {at}
We look forward to hearing from you.