“We, are never ever, ever, getting back together!” sings Taylor Swift on her newest smash hit. With its fun, bubblegum-pop feel and easy-to-memorize lyrics, it is no wonder why Miss Swift has hit another homerun on the pop charts and radio waves. It would seem these days that fans just can’t get enough of the doe-eyed, blonde beauty as they await the impending release of her fourth studio album “Red.”
However, fans everywhere can rejoice as the Musical Instrument Museum (MIM) in Phoenix has a special surprise for people who love all things Swift-related. MIM is proud to announce the opening of a Taylor Swift exhibit in its artist gallery. The gallery will open on October 20, two days before the release of her new album, and will honor the artist’s achievements in the music industry.
The exhibit is divided into two sections, with the first detailing the beginning of Swift’s career. This section will showcase various milestones, such as when Swift began playing guitar and writing songs, to when she released her very first single, “Tim McGraw,” off her self-titled debut album. Some of the objects that will be on display include her handwritten lyrics for the song “Tim McGraw” and her signature, six-string acoustic guitar and cowboy boots that were featured in the single’s music video.
The second section will tell the story of Swift’s rise to super-stardom, demonstrated through the use of instruments, stage wear and set pieces from her “Speak Now” World Tour. The artifacts that will be on display for this part of the exhibit include various instruments used during the world tour, such as a Deering banjo, a Leilani ukulele and her sparkling-red Gibson Les Paul electric guitar that she played during performances of her hit-single “Mine.” The centerpiece of the exhibit is a large prop bell and interactive set piece that was used during performances of her song “Haunted.”
MIM President and Director, Dr. Bill DeWalt, is excited for the new artist gallery and hopes that fans see the extent of Swift’s talents when viewing each part section of Swift’s career.
“Not only is Taylor Swift one of the most successful musical artists in the world,” DeWalt said in a press release, “she is also a multi-instrumentalist and an extraordinarily talented songwriter. We are honored to showcase some of the important artifacts from Swift’s career, and we hope this exhibit inspires our guests of all ages to play an instrument and make their own music.”
To celebrate the addition to MIM’s artist gallery, the museum will host fun activities for visitors during the gallery’s opening weekend (October 20-21). Guests can participate in 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 sing songs from the singer’s music catalog — just to name a few exciting events.
For more information regarding the Musical Instrument Museum’s Taylor Swift exhibit and a complete list of activities, please visit mim.org.
If You Go: Taylor Swift Exhibit Opening Weekend
When: Saturday, October 20, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Sunday, October 21, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Where: 4725 E. Mayo Blvd., Phoenix, AZ 85050
Tickets: Free with museum admission
Contact: (480) 478-6000
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