Guitar - The Instrument that Rocked the World
February 15 - May 15 2011


Guitar Exhibit
The guitar is the single most enduring icon in American history. 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 hundreds years to the science of creating sound with wood and steel.

Visitors will experience the science, sound, history, 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 performance video, audio, hands-on interactives, models, touchscreens, stunning images, and photographs.

GUITAR: The Instrument That Rocked The World is an exciting and engaging experience that gives visitors the chance to interact with the guitar not only from the perspective of its history, evolution, and design, but through the music it has created and the technology that continues to improve it. Click here for the Guitar brochure.

Interactive HD 360.
Take a peek here - one of
three showrooms devoted
to the Guitar at Discovery!
Sundays through May 15th

Noted Connecticut luthier (guitar maker) Jamie Boss, owner of Hot Strings Guitar Shop in Milford will be giving demonstrations of how acoustic guitars are made at The Discovery Museum on Sunday afternoons while GUITAR: The Instrument that Rocked the World is on exhibit. These demonstrations will be included in the general admission price. Mr. Boss will be answering visitors' questions and explaining his work. He has also produced a series of DVD's on how to build your own guitar, which are available in the Discovery Store.

Learn more about Jamie’s guitar building classes at

Mark Bryan
On February 15, 2011
Discovery kicked off the national tour of the first guitar museum in the world with
Mark Bryan - former Guitarist with Hootie and the Blowfish!
Jeff Bishop with Harvey P. Newquist, founder of the National Guitar Museum.
Mark accepting a very special award from Jeff Bishop, Executive Director of Discovery, for his work with the school children of Bridgeport CT.