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America at the Crossroads: The Guitar and a Changing Nation

On view May 24 – September 1, 2024

Discover the evolution of the guitar as the United States’ most popular instrument and its relationship to historical events and cultural moments over the centuries in “America at the Crossroads,” a traveling exhibition from the National Guitar Museum. A bonus section in the California Museum’s presentation spotlights musicians and manufacturers who made their mark in the Golden State.

Highlights include:
  • A 40-instrument display on the guitar’s evolution through different historical eras
  • Original guitars played by Kurt Cobain, Jimi Hendrix, John Lee Hooker, Eddie Van Halen and Los Tigres del Norte
  • Displays featuring California guitar makers