World Premiere Exhibit Extends Its Stay at Orlando Science Center

September 15, 2011, 12:35 am

The National GUITAR Museum and the Orlando Science Center have reached an agreement to extend the stay of the world premiere exhibit “GUITAR: The Instrument That Rocked The World.” The 5,000 square foot display explores the history and evolution of the guitar and shows how the instrument became the cultural symbol it is today.

Since its premiere on June 10, 2011, the exhibit has been driving strong attendance and getting raves from guests which encouraged all parties to keep it on display through the end of the year. GUITAR will wrap up its run in Orlando on January 2, 2012 and then head to the Louisville Science Center. The exhibit is part of a national tour of 15 cities in five years before it settles into its yet to be determined permanent location.

“We have been thrilled with the performance of GUITAR,” says JoAnn Newman, President and CEO of the Orlando Science Center. “Our attendance this summer was up over 20-percent as compared to the prior year, plus the exhibit constantly provided opportunities for events and promotions. It offers a unique combination of music and science. ”

The exhibition features 60 classic and contemporary guitars as well as engaging and educational displays specific to the guitar, including historical artifacts, models, photos, video screens, interactives, and kiosks. Educational displays explore the science of sound, including how vibrating strings create sound to the physics of guitars and the electromagnetic properties of an electric guitar. The exhibit also features the World’s Largest Guitar, certified by Guinness World Records, at 43.5 feet long and 16 feet wide.

New pieces will be added soon to the exhibit, including unusual instruments like the charango, a guitar made out of armadillo shells that is popular in remote areas of South America. Other noteworthy additions include a futuristic guitar known as the XOX Handle, which is a guitar stripped down to a carbon fiber skeleton and The Octagon, handbuilt by DGN Guitars, which is the world’s only guitar with eight complete playable instruments built into it. This remarkable instrument will be unveiled for the first time at the Orlando Science Center. In addition, live music will continue to be a fixture in the exhibit until it concludes its stay. Further exhibit updates will be posted to the Science Center’s website and Facebook page.

“GUITAR: The Instrument That Rocked The World” is included with general admission to the Orlando Science Center, which is $17 for adults and $12 for kids (ages 3-11). Tickets also include access to live science shows, exhibits, and giant screen films. For more information, please visit or call 407-514-2000.

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