Guitar Exhibits at the Historical Museum & Exploration Place!

The Historical Museum is partnering with Exploration Place to celebrate the guitar January 30 – June 5, 2016!

Featured at the Historical Museum is The Electric Guitar – Wichita’s Instrument. The electric guitar may have been born in Los Angeles, California, but it was launched from Wichita (that’s right – Wichita!) in October of 1932. The Historical Museum has received international recognition for its research and exhibits devoted to the electric guitar over the past decade. Learn about Wichita’s surprising role in electric guitar history through this specially curated exhibit featuring rare guitars from notable collections, including what experts have recently agreed “may well be the most historically important guitar ever made . . . the first modern electric guitar.”

Included with general museum admission. Free for  members.

Special Programs & Events include:

Exhibit Events & Programs include:

CURATOR TALK and Guided Tour, Sunday 21st – 2pm

Learn about Wichita’s unique role in introducing the electric guitar to the world stage and the effect the instrument has had upon the world of music.

Electric Guitar Recital, Sunday 28th – 2pm

See and Hear Wichita’s instrument in action as demonstrated by remarkable local guitarist then get the historical perspective with as special tour of the exhibit.


Tallgrass Film Festival – Guitar Fest, Sunday 6th – 2pm

Celebrating the electric guitar in film: Tallgrass Award Winning short “Electric Revolution” by Mark Moormann (filmed in Wichita) and debut screening of rough-cut “Decade of the Guitar Geek Fest” clips of the best-of Deke Dickerson’s legendary L.A. Guitar Geek Fest.


Dr. J. C. Combs presents an overview of major events and trends in popular music of the 1950’s.  Learn how swing, rhythm and blues, doo wop, rock and roll, country and rockabilly dominated and defined this decade’s music.

Followed by guided tour of the special exhibit “The Electric Guitar, Wichita’s Instrument.”

SPRING BREAK Guitar Camp* 15th – 18th 1-3pm

Learn about the electric guitar, how they are made, how they work and what they can do, led by the Museum’s guitar playing educators and curatorial staff with visiting experts in the field; especially recommended for students aged 10 through 15.

School of Rock performance & recitals 19th & 20th — 2pm

Saturday 19th – In cooperation as a community partner to the exhibits, “School of Rock” spotlights budding local talent through performance and recitals at the Museum this weekend. See electric guitars take center stage!

Sunday 20th – All-call Recitals open to those under 18 and over 62 years of age! Enjoy your 15 minutes of guitar glory – call the Museum to register.


W.S.U. Department of Music – Guitar Program Saturday 2nd — 2pm

Presented by Dr. William Flynn.

“Guitar Mortals” with the Outlaw Blues Society, Sunday 3rd — 2pm

A performance demonstrating the electric guitar’s use in the “Blues” genre by guitarist Clayton Crawford.

WICHITA BLUES SOCIETY performance & presentation, Sunday 10th– 2pm

Through this community partner, learn about Blues music presented in our time, in our city and the role of the electric guitar in the hands of the late Clif Major, proprietor of the “Rockin’ Daddy’s” venue.


Electric Guitar Symposium* 6th – 8th

A three-day, multifaceted events and conference with presentations by the world’s leading experts in the study of the history of the electric guitar. Attend all or parts of this conference; Electric Guitar Symposium Event Schedule.

Check the Museum’s website again for updates and additional programs to be announced!

*Special program charges apply

ALSO: Be sure to visit our museum partner, Exploration Place and their exhibit: GUITAR: The Instrument That Rocked The World, a Touring Exhibition of The National GUITAR Museum.

Locally sponsored by: The Arts Council, Sharon & Alan Fearey, Lori & Dan Hamel, Helen & Ed Healy, Kay and Peter Janssen, Dan & Andrea McCarty, Barbara & David Rolph, Lee & Ron Starkel, and Sara Sluss & Marty Pawlocki

Thank You Community Partners

Abode Venue
Kansas Bluegrass Association
Hartman Arena
School of Rock Wichita
Tallgrass Film Association
USD 259 Wichita Public Schools
Wichita Blues Society
Wichita Guitar Society
Wichita Jazz Festival
The Cotillion
The Wichita-Sedgwick County Historical Museum
Wichita State University School of Music


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4 Responses to Guitar Exhibits at the Historical Museum & Exploration Place!

  1. HOMER COOK says:

    Hi. What are the dates and times of the guitar performances, films, and educational programs for the guitar, and the symposium on guitar at the museum? Is there a place on your website that I can find it?

    Homer Cook 316-684-6070

  2. neowrecme says:

    The electric guitar may have been born in Los Angeles, California, but it was launched from Wichita (that’s right – Wichita!) in October of 1932. Where is this information?

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