The instrument that rocked the world.

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From its origins in the Nile Valley to today, the guitar has rocked the world for more than 5,000 years.

GUITAR: The Instrument That Rocked The World takes visitors on a fascinating exploration of the science, sound, history, and pop culture behind the world's favorite instrument.

The guitar is the most enduring icon in American history. It has been around longer than baseball, basketball, soft drinks and sports cars. HP Newquist, founder and executive director of The National GUITAR Museum

Featuring an impressive display of rare and antique guitars and engaging interactives, the exhibition is fun and educational for the whole family.

Inside the Exhibition

This fully immersive exhibition explores all facets of the world’s most popular instrument, from its history as an instrument of popular culture to the science of creating sound with wood and steel.

  • See over 60 guitars and 100 artifacts that immerse you in the heart of music.
  • Explore the 5000-year-old history of the guitar’s evolution.
  • Experience the rush of the guitar through the powerful lens of science.
  • Discover how the selection of different materials and strings, fused with electromagnetism and amplification, create the instrument that revolutionized music.
  • Play a Guinness Record-breaking 43.5-foot-long guitar.

The exhibition also features video performances, stunning x-ray images of guitars’ inner workings and even a chance for you to pluck, strum, and jam.

Select Artifacts on View

  • 1835 Martin Parlor Guitar
  • 1912 Gibson Harp Guitar
  • Elvis Presley’s Martin D-28
  • B.B. King’s Gibson ES-255 “Lucille”
  • The Rock Ock, the world’s largest playable multi-necked stringed instrument
  • The World’s Largest Guitar Certified by Guinness World Records. 43.5’ long, 16’ wide

GUITAR: The Instrument That Rocked The World is produced by The National GUITAR Museum.

The Bullock Texas State History Museum is a division the State Preservation Board. Additional support of exhibitions and programs is provided by the Texas State History Museum Foundation..