GUITAR: The Instrument That Rocked The World

“GUITAR: The Instrument That Rocked The World” takes you on a fascinating exploration of the science, sound, history and pop culture behind the world’s most popular instrument.    

The exhibition celebrates many facets of this iconic instrument, from its origin and continued evolution to the music it creates and the cultural impact it has. Explore STEAM concepts like sound waves, frequency, mathematical scales, engineering and more through a wide range of hands-on experiences.    

Take in the exhibition’s collection of more than 70 instruments—ranging from the rare and antique to the wildly popular and innovative.  And don’t miss your chance to strum the world’s largest playable guitar, measuring in at 43.5 feet long and certified by Guinness World Records!    


Even better? This exhibition is FREE with Museum general admission (and free to Museum members!). No extra timed ticket is necessary to enter. Purchase your tickets to the Museum and plan your visit to GUITAR today. 

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Events and Virtual Offerings

Guitar Sessions: Anna Morsett of The Still Tide

Thursday, Jan. 06, 2022
7 p.m.-8:30 p.m.
Hybrid Event
The Museum is teaming up with Alicia "Bruce" Trujillo for conversation and music with local guitar greats. Trujillo is a well-known member of Denver's music scene with a mission to uplift and amplify voices of those who are currently underrepresented, with a focus on independent and locally made music and art. She currently works as the Concert Director at Swallow Hill Music, hosts weekends on Colorado Public Radio's new music service, Indie 102.3, and is Executive Director and Host for Colorful Colorado Collaborations. On Jan. 6, explore the inspirations and motivations of Colorado musician Anna Morsett of The Still Tide. This limited capacity in-person event will take place in the "Guitar" exhibition.
Per CDC guidelines, masks are encouraged for everyone. Events are subject to change based upon federal, state or local health guidance. All sales are final unless the Museum cancels the event. 
*Image from http://www.thestilltide.com/bio.
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Guitar Sessions: Stevie Gunter

Thursday, Feb. 03, 2022
7 p.m.- 8:30 p.m.
Hybrid Event
The Museum is teaming up with Alicia "Bruce" Trujillo for conversation and music with local guitar greats. Trujillo is a well-known member of Denver's music scene with a mission to uplift and amplify voices of those who are currently underrepresented, with a focus on independent and locally made music and art. She currently works as the Concert Director at Swallow Hill Music, hosts weekends on Colorado Public Radio's new music service, Indie 102.3, and is Executive Director and Host for Colorful Colorado Collaborations. On Feb. 3, explore the inspirations and motivations of Colorado musician Stevie Gunter of Waiting Room and TuLips. This limited capacity in-person event will take place in the "Guitar" exhibition.

Per CDC guidelines, masks are encouraged for everyone. Events are subject to change based upon federal, state or local health guidance.  All sales are final unless the Museum cancels the event.

*Image from https://waitingroomband.bandcamp.com/

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Guitar Sessions: Jen Korte

Thursday, March 03, 2022
7 p.m.- 8:30 p.m.
Hybrid Event

The Museum is teaming up with Alicia "Bruce" Trujillo for conversation and music with local guitar greats. Trujillo is a well-known member of Denver's music scene with a mission to uplift and amplify voices of those who are currently underrepresented, with a focus on independent and locally made music and art. She currently works as the Concert Director at Swallow Hill Music, hosts weekends on Colorado Public Radio's new music service, Indie 102.3, and is Executive Director and Host for Colorful Colorado Collaborations. On Mar. 3, explore the inspirations and motivations of Colorado musician Jen Korte of LadyGang, Jen Korte & The Loss and more. This limited capacity in-person event will take place in the "Guitar" exhibition.

Per CDC guidelines, masks are encouraged for everyone. Events are subject to change based upon federal, state or local health guidance.  All sales are final unless the Museum cancels the event.

*Image from https://jenkorte.bandcamp.com/album/jen-korte-the-loss.

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Guitar Sessions: Felix Fast4ward

Thursday, April 14, 2022
7 p.m.- 8:30 p.m.
The Museum is teaming up with Alicia "Bruce" Trujillo for conversation and music with local guitar greats. Trujillo is a well-known member of Denver's music scene with a mission to uplift and amplify voices of those who are currently underrepresented, with a focus on independent and locally made music and art. She currently works as the Concert Director at Swallow Hill Music, hosts weekends on Colorado Public Radio's new music service, Indie 102.3, and is Executive Director and Host for Colorful Colorado Collaborations. On Apr. 14, explore the inspirations and motivations of Colorado musician Felix Fast4ward. This limited capacity in-person event will take place in Gates Planetarium.

Per CDC guidelines, masks are encouraged for everyone. Events are subject to change based upon federal, state or local health guidance.  All sales are final unless the Museum cancels the event.

*Image from https://www.facebook.com/Felixfast4ward/

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The Greater Debate: Guitars Edition!

With Buntport Theater

Tuesday, Jan. 18, 8 p.m.

Virtual Event

$5 Museum or Buntport Theater member, $10 nonmember

The Greater Debate: Guitars Edition pits non-experts against one another in a hilarious debate. Tune in for a head-to-head, toe-to-toe, not-so-scientific debate to determine which is greater, the stratosphere or Stratocasters. Want to do your own research? Preview the exhibition, “Guitar: The Instrument that Rocked the World” ahead of time and get ready to cheer on your side. Grab your favorite beverage and Zoom in to this virtual event!

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Colorado Guitarist Profiles

A Dose of Local Talent

We've infused Colorado into "GUITAR: The Instrument that Rocked the World" by featuring local guitarist profiles throughout the exhibition. Learn more about local music and talent when you visit the exhibition.

Todd Park Mohr

Big Head Todd and the Monsters began taking shape in 1982 when band members met at Columbine High School. They have since become an American institution, performing with music legends like Neil Young and B.B. King.

Also on display: Mohr’s “most important guitar.”

Janet Feder

Rulers, rocks, metal rings, and rubber balls. Janet Feder uses them all as extended techniques to change the sound of her guitar. Unbound by genre, she has worked locally and globally with a diverse landscape of renowned musicians.

El Javi

Music is a language beyond words for El Javi, whose instrumental songs blend genres from flamenco and world music to rock and bluegrass. El Javi has been a supporting act for Ziggy Marley and prominent flamenco artist Diego el Cigala.

Otis Taylor

Otis Taylor introduced the “trance blues” genre defined by looping psychedelic beats and emotional lyrics. His award-winning work exploring African-American history and legacies of social injustice has been featured in many
films and television shows.

Also on display: A Santa Cruz Otis Taylor signature guitar from Taylor’s own collection.

Bill Frisell

Grammy winner Bill Frisell started guitar lessons at the Denver Folklore Center in 1964. Today, he’s an acclaimed guitar master and innovator who has worked with hundreds of artists and composed several film scores.

iZCALLi

Siblings Miguel and Brenda Aviña strive to create music that represents their Mexican heritage, yet is undeniably American. Their band iZCALLi features Miguel on vocals and guitar, Brenda on bass, and Luiggy Ramirez on drums.

Shop the Collection

Take the exhibition with you

Shop our collection of items to go along with our newest temporary exhibition, "Guitar: The Instrument That Rocked The World". 

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