Taylor Swift fans who don’t want to travel all the way to Nashville to check out some cool memorabilia from her tours are in luck! The Musical Instrument Museum (MIM) in Phoenix, Arizona just opened a brand new Taylor exhibit on October 20th! The exhibit features her on-stage outfits, instruments, and memorabilia from the superstar singer-songwriter’s career. With her new album “RED” in stores this week, its the perfect time for Taylor fans to visit the new feature at MIM!
The space dedicated to Taylor in Phoenix is the largest ever for a single artist, matched only by one for Elvis Presley. Her display is located in the Artist Gallery. It starts off with how she learned to play guitar and to releasing her first single “Tim McGraw.” The exhibit has the original hand-written lyrics for “Tim McGraw” on display! Other one-of-a-kind items on display in Taylor’s exhibit include her signature Taylor KOA guitar from the music video, six-string acoustic, and cowboy boots.
The second section of the display shows her rise to super stardom with her instruments, stage wear, and set pieces from the “Speak Now World Tour.” Items on display are her sparkly red Gibson Les Paul electric guitar, and her gold Roberto Cavalli dress from her performances of “Mine” during the tour. Also from the tour are her Deering banjo and a Leilani ukelele. The centerpiece of this exhibit is a large prop bell that was featured as an interactive set piece during performances of “Haunted”.
“Not only is Taylor Swift one of the most successful musical artists in the world, she is also a multi-instrumentalist and an extraordinarily talented songwriter,” said Dr. Bill DeWalt, MIM’s president and director. “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.”
Recent additions to MIM’s Artist Gallery include exhibits honoring “Pretty Woman” singer Roy Orbison, celebrated cellist Pablo Casals, and jazz luminary Joey DeFrancesco. MIM also recently “remixed” the Elvis Presley exhibit with new instruments, jumpsuits, and artifacts focused on his performances and movie-making stint in Arizona to celebrate the state’s centennial. Upcoming Artist Gallery additions include a display for Kronos Quartet opening in early November.