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Carnegie Science Center hosts "Guitar: The Instrument that Rocked the World"
7-year-old Mia Straatman, right, strums on the strings as her parents, Nancy Straatman, left, and Andy Straatman, hold down strings on the frets of the 40-foot long working model of a 1957 Gibson Flying V electric guitar that is part of the touring National Guitar Museum exhibit on display at the Carnegie Science Center in Pittsburgh, through Sept. 30, 2012. The National Guitar Museum is a traveling guitar museum searching for a home. Museum director HP Newquist said the initial plan was to take it on the road for five years, to find out which city was the most hospitable. It is on a nine-city tour. AP Photo/Keith Srakocic.

PITTSBURGH, PA.- Get ready to rock, Pittsburgh! Carnegie Science Center announced that it is hosting GUITAR: The Instrument That Rocked The World, the touring exhibition of The National GUITAR Museum, through Sept. 30.

This fully immersive exhibition explores all facets of the world’s most popular instrument, from its history as an instrument of popular culture over the past 400 years to the science of creating sound with wood and steel. Visitors can experience the science, sound, and cultural impact of the guitar in an exhibition that contains more than 60 instruments—ranging from the rare and antique to the wildly popular and innovative—along with hands-on interactives, models, touchscreens, performance video, audio, stunning images, and photographs.

And just for fun, there’s the world’s largest playable guitar, as certified by Guinness World Records. At more than 40 feet long, it’s also fun for kids to climb on!

Admission to all parts of the exhibit is free with general admission to Carnegie Science Center. Groups of 15 or more can visit at discounted rates. Bookings are now being taken for event rentals and birthday parties during the run of the exhibit. .
Live performances by various individuals and groups are being scheduled throughout the summer.

“We are excited to be bringing this exhibit to Carnegie Science Center,” says Ann Metzger, the Science Center’s co-director. “Everybody loves the guitar, and the exhibit will appeal to multiple generations. We think people will come from miles around to enjoy it.”

“It’s a perfect exhibit for the Science Center,” adds Ron Baillie, the Science Center’s other co-director. “It’s fun, and it engages people in hands-on experiences to deepen their understanding of the science behind music, acoustics, and electronics.”

“The guitar is the most enduring icon in American history,” says HP Newquist, the executive director and founder of The National GUITAR Museum. “It has been around longer than baseball, basketball, soft drinks, and sports cars. It’s hard to find anyone who hasn’t been affected by the guitar, whether as players or as fans of music ranging from country and folk to jazz and rock. And it may be apocryphal, but it’s said that the two most recognizable man-made shapes on the planet are the Coke bottle and the electric guitar.”

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