This Saturday, October 20, the Musical Instrument Museum (MIM) will unveil the newest addition to its Artist Gallery””an exhibit honoring international multiplatinum superstar Taylor Swift. If you, or someone you know is a Taylor Swift fan, you won’t want to miss the weekend-long celebration including live music, educational workshops, exhibit talks, and more.
We were lucky enough to get a sneak peek of the exhibit, check it out!
The first section of the exhibit details the beginning of Swift’s career, from learning to play guitar and writing songs to the release of her first single, “Tim McGraw,” in June 2006. Swift writes or cowrites every song on all of her albums, including her self-titled debut, “Taylor Swift” (released in October 2006). Objects in this part of the exhibit include Swift’s handwritten lyrics for the song “Tim McGraw,” along with her signature Taylor koa, six-string acoustic guitar and cowboy boots featured in the “Tim McGraw” music video.
The second section features Swift’s rise to superstardom, shown through instruments, stage wear, and set pieces from the Speak Now World Tour. Items on exhibit from this tour include her sparkly red Gibson Les Paul electric guitar, which she played while outfitted in her gold Roberto Cavalli dress for tour performances of “Mine.” Also on display will be a Deering banjo and a Leilani ukulele used on the tour, which demonstrate Swift’s talents as a multi-instrumentalist. The centerpiece of the exhibit is a large prop bell that was a featured and interactive set piece used during performances of the song “Haunted” on the Speak Now World Tour.
MIM will celebrate the exhibit’s opening with a variety of activities for the entire family on October 20 and 21. Museum guests will have the opportunity to listen to an exhibit talk by MIM curatorial assistant David Wegehaupt, attend a songwriting workshop with the Arizona Songwriters Association, watch Taylor Swift music videos in the MIM Music Theater, and listen to students from Rock ‘n’ Roll High School singing Taylor Swift songs. All activities are free with museum admission.