Hey, Birmingham! Are you ready to rock? Then grab your tickets to one of the coolest exhibits around—Guitar: The Instrument that Rocked the World, coming to McWane Science Center January 17-May 10. Here’s why you should check it out.
What’s the Exhibit About?
Guitar: The Instrument that Rocked the World is a touring exhibit that has been exciting and engaging music fans since its launch in 2011.
Who’s behind the creation of this electrifying exhibit? None other than The National Guitar Museum—the world’s first museum dedicated to the history, science, evolution and cultural impact of the guitar.
At 4,000 square feet, GUITAR is a fully immersive exhibition that explores everything from the instrument’s history and evolution to the science of creating sound with wood and steel. And luckily for us, it’s coming to McWane Science Center in Birmingham January 17-May 10!
Okay, okay, I won’t string you along any longer. Here are the top three reasons to check out the exhibit.
Already know you want to go? Buy your tickets now!
1. You’ll Explore the Science and Sound of Guitars
How does a guitar create sound? What happens to guitar strings when strummed? You’ll discover the answers to these questions and more at Guitar: The Instrument that Rocked the World.
GUITAR is packed with all sorts of STEAM-based (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Math) elements, which makes it the perfect place for all ages to learn. But don’t fret (see what I did there?) you’ll be so immersed in the science and sound of what makes a guitar such an amazing instrument you won’t even notice how much learning you’re actually doing.
Here are just some of the things you’ll discover:
- Sound waves
- Frequency and decibel levels
- Engineering design
- And more!
2. It Features Hands-On Interactives
Wait. Does that mean you get to put fingers to strings and play real guitars? Yep, that’s exactly what it means.
One of the coolest parts of the exhibit is the Gibson Flying V. At 43.5 feet long, the Guinness Book of Records deemed it the world’s largest playable guitar.
The best part—you can play it! In fact, those at McWane Science Center can’t wait to see you do just that. Besides, when else will you get the chance to play the world’s biggest guitar? Just don’t try to lift it or smash it like a rockstar!
3. You’ll Discover Iconic Electric Guitars
If there’s one thing you can expect to do at this exhibit, it’s oohing and aahing over an incredible collection of over 70 guitars from the acoustic and electric to the historic, the antique, and the unusual. Some were even owned by pop cultural phenoms such as the one and only B.B. King.
One of the most famous guitars in the world is also on display. I’m talking about the one and only “air guitar!” You’ll definitely have to activate your imagination for this one. What will you envision yourself playing? A Gibson Les Paul perhaps, or maybe an electric blue Fender Telecaster? Rock on with your bad self!
You can also feast your eyes upon the world’s largest playable multi-necked stringed instrument—“The Rock Ock – 8 Neck Guitar.”
Boasting 154 frets, 51 strings, eight necks and weighing 40 pounds, this is one instrument you don’t see every day. Yes, it’s totally ridiculous and completely over the top, buy hey, that’s rock-n-roll, baby!
Rock out at Guitar: The Instrument that Rocked the World