Howe-Orme: Forgotten Voices Remembered

May 13, 2006 - April 30, 2007
Rare and historic Howe-Orme mandolins, mandolas, guitars, and innovative pieces from the 1890s—some of whose technology is still present in designs of today.

Visual Voices

June 2, 2007 - July 15, 2007
Explore the craftsmanship involved in creating extremely rare and original instruments that transcend their function and become art themselves.

The Ukulele & You

August 11, 2007 - July 31, 2008
Take an unprecedented look at this history of ukuleles and how they were manufactured on the U.S. mainland from the early 1900s to the present day.

The Magic & Mystery of Slide Guitar

October 11, 2008 - March 31, 2009
A showcase of the essence and emotion evoked by slide guitar and slide technique featuring instruments from across the globe.

ON! The Beginnings of the Electric Sound Generation

April 24, 2009 - March 31, 2011
ON! focuses on the period between 1900 and 1965 when innovators worked to harness electricity to produce sound in a variety electro-acoustic instruments.

Art of the Stompbox

June 12, 2010 - September 30, 2010
A variety of historic effects pedals and examples of the most recent designer-manufactured and artist-decorated pedals.

Guitar Nouveau

October 15, 2010 - January 31, 2011
A collection of one-of-a-kind instruments that are as acoustically captivating as they are visually appealing.

The Roots of Reeds

September 18, 2011 - March 31, 2012
Through exploration of roots of modern reed instruments, this exhibition retraces a few of the long and winding roads used to get us where we are today.

The Sound of Sax

May 19, 2012 - January 31, 2013
Discover a powerful story about a powerful instrument. It's a story of how music is made—an endless cycle of innovation as ancient as music itself.

LOW: The Power & Beauty of Bass

November 5, 2015 - July 31, 2016
Welcome to the world of bass, low sounds and the low register instruments that make them.
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