Medieval to Metal: The Art & Evolution of the Guitar

Medieval to Metal:  The Art & Evolution of the Guitar

January 22 – April 16, 2017


“Medieval To Metal: The Art & Evolution Of The GUITAR”  is a touring exhibition of The National GUITAR Museum that explores the artistic evolution of the world’s most popular instrument.  It features 40 instruments spanning centuries of craftsmanship and design from around the world, ranging from the Moorish oud and Renaissance theorbo to the acrylic body of today’s modern guitars.

Photo courtesy of The National Guitar Museum

The exhibition also includes 20 photographs of renowned musicians and their instruments from legendary rock photographer, Neil Zlozower, and life-size photorealistic illustrations of historically and culturally significant designs from artist Gerard Huerta.

Accompanying the Exhibition is The Butler’s Guitar Jam Pad, a comfy place for visitors of all ages to get a hands-on experience of guitars from Fender and the National GUITAR Museum.

The Butler's Jam Pad with guitars courtesy of Fender Guitars

The Butler’s Jam Pad with guitars courtesy of Fender Guitars

“Medieval to Metal”  will continue to travel the country seeking a final resting place to be announced in the year 2018.

“Medieval To Metal: The Art & Evolution Of The GUITAR” is a Touring Exhibition of The National GUITAR Museum. The National Guitar Museum is the first Museum solely dedicated to the past, present, and continually evolving style, shape, tone, and artistic demographics of reinventing the Guitar.


  • free showings of concerts and legendary performances from your favorite iconic guitarists on DVD in The Butler’s state of the art Zona Auditorium each Saturday at 1:00 pm.  CLICK FOR DVD SCHEDULE
  • A special visit and performances from Hubbard Music’s Rock Star University’s kid’s rock bands, including the popular 6-8 year-old rocker band, “Chicken Feet” on Sunday, March 19 at 1:00 pm
  • “Elvis” enters the Butler on Saturday March 11 at 1:00 pm, and Saturday, March 18 at 1:00 pm, 2017, when Mark Lee Pringle brings a taste of his 1950’s Elvis Tribute Show, with exact replica’s of Elvis Presley’s guitars and costumes.  Mark will perform some of his tribute music and answer questions about his Elvis replica guitars and costumes.
  • A special lecture on the guitar in art from Randall Goldberg April 9, 2017 at 12:30 pm
  • All events are free admission and open to the public