Exhibition - Medieval to Metal: The Art and Evolution of the Guitar

Thursday, Sep 19, 2019 from 11:00am to 5:00pm


Highlighting the single most enduring icon in American history, Medieval to Metal: The Art and Evolution of the Guitar, explores all aspects of the world’s most popular instrument. The exhibition covers the guitar’s history beginning in the Middle Ages with European and Asian instruments such as the oud and lute to its position as a key accompaniment for traveling performers, its pivotal role in blues, country western music, and rock ‘n roll, ultimately serving as a catalyst for popular culture. Visitors will experience the artistry, history, design, and cultural influence of the guitar. Along with 40 distinct instruments that showcase the rare and antique to the wildly popular and innovative, Medieval to Metal includes dozens of photographs and illustrations that depict significant musicians and instruments of the last century.

Medieval to Metal: The Art and Evolution of the Guitar is an exciting and engaging experience that gives visitors the opportunity to interact with the guitar from the perspective of history, evolution, and design – and the lasting music it has created.

Fender Stratocaster

Stratocaster, 1954, design by Leo Fender, Freddie Tavares, et al. Manufactured by Fender Musical Instruments. Courtesy of The National GUITAR Museum.

Exhibition Date: June 29 to September 22, 2019


Adult $15

Senior (65+) $13

Student $10

Youth (13-17) $5

Members and children younger than 13 are always free.