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Guitars and Science Rock

If you love guitars - either as a musician or a listener - you have to go to the Science Museum of Virginia between October 13 and January 6th to see the new exhibition opening this weekend, “Guitar: The Instrument that Rocked the World.” This exhibition is your opportunity to learn all about the history and evolution of the instrument and explore science - that of the acoustic and electric guitars and delve into the science of sound.

WCVE Public Radio’s John Ogle interviews Harvey P. Newquist, Executive Director and Founder of the National Guitar Museum in the Science Matters report below.

The National Guitar Museum is a museum without a permanent home - yetThis travelling exhibition includes over 60 guitars, 100 historical artifacts, and interactive exhibits and is touring the U.S. with the hopes of discovering the perfect city for a permanent home. We’d like to think Richmond would be a great place for a museum of this important American icon that as Newquist states, “has been around longer than baseball, basketball, soft drinks and sports cars.”

In the exhibition, you will learn all about guitars from rare, antique examples to those made using contemporary advances in technology. Also, there are plenty of hands-on activities for the whole family. Try out the “Groove Tubes” where you learn how sound is made via vibrations as you hit a pipe with a flip flop. See how much power it takes you to exert 200 lbs. of pull, like that on a 12 string guitar with the “Guitar Scale.” And try your hand at playing the world’s largest guitar - to mention only a few of the fun interactives in the exhibit.

The Science Museum is also featuring a series of performances from October 13 through December 15. Click here for the list of bands, dates and times (PDF).

There are so many interesting guitars in the exhibit it’s hard to pick a favorite. But please give it a try. Pick your favorite guitar and share it with us on Facebook.

Article by Debbie Mickle, Science Matters Project Manager

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