Multi-platinum superstar Taylor Swift has her very own exhibit right here in the Valley. On October 20, the Musical Instrument Museum (MIM) will officially “unveil the newest addition to its Artist Gallery.”
According to curators, 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.
“We have the guitar and boots she used in that music video, which now has 20 million views on Youtube. Now, you can see it in person. It’s a very beautiful guitar,” said David Wegehaupt, Curatorial Assistant for the MIM.
In that same section you’ll find handwritten lyrics, penned in red ink, hanging on the wall.
According to the MIM, “The second section features Swift’s meteoric 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 and a can’t miss focal point of the exhibit. Standing about three feet tall, a large golden bell that was used during performances of the song “Haunted” on the Speak Now World Tour.
Curators said they reached out to the Swift camp and they were very excited to be part of the process to help establish the Taylor Swift exhibit.
There are a variety of activities this weekend to celebrate the new exhibit. Find more information: Musical Instrument Museum