Make Some Noise at OMSI This Fall


Portland, Ore. (September 9, 2015) – Get ready to rock at OMSI this Fall when the science of music takes center stage. From electrifying live performances to cool artifacts, OMSI is giving musicians and music lovers alike a backstage pass to the science behind music.

Featuring Guitar: The Instrument That Rocked The World, a touring exhibition of the National GUITAR Museum, the season of music science explores the cultural and physical history of the guitar—from lutes and ouds to modern high-tech instruments—and how the instrument became the cultural icon it is today. The 5,000 square foot Exhibition consists of engaging, entertaining, and educational displays specific to the guitar, including historical artifacts, models, posters, video screens, interactives, and kiosks. Hands-on scientific displays range from the way that sound is produced by a guitar and an amplifier on to how the density of wood shapes and affects sound and music. Guests can even climb aboard and play the a nearly 44-foot long guitar—the largest in the world!

“The guitar is the most enduring icon in American history,” according to HP Newquist, the executive director and founder of the National GUITAR Museum. “It has been around longer than baseball, basketball, soft drinks, and sports cars. This Exhibition is a celebration of all that, and more.”

Additional features of OMSI’s season of music science include a live daily stage show that takes visitors for an exciting look at the science of sound using musical Tesla coils, water goblets and even a propane-powered Ruben’s Tube to illustrate what sound is and how it is created. Visitors can also try their own hand at making music by breaking the beams of the Laser Harp, trying out different DJ personas on Incredibox touchscreens, collaborate on sound machines and even explore how to “see” sound with an LED piano.

OMSI’s season of music science begins September 26, 2015 and runs through January 10, 2016.

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About OMSI

Founded in 1944, the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI) is one of the nation’s leading science museums, a world-class tourist attraction, and an award-winning educational resource for the kid in each of us. OMSI operates the largest museum-based outdoor science education program in the country and provides traveling and community outreach programs that bring science learning opportunities to schools and community organizations in every county in Oregon. OMSI is located at 1945 SE Water Avenue, Portland, OR 97214. For general information, call 503.797.4000 or visit

About The National GUITAR Museum

The National GUITAR Museum (NGM) is the first museum in the United States dedicated to the science, history, evolution, and cultural impact of the guitar. Its Touring Exhibition, “GUITAR: The Instrument That Rocked The World” has already traveled to a dozen cities—with a dozen more scheduled—and is the basis of the museum’s planned permanent home. The NGM utilizes advanced technology to create an environment that is engaging, entertaining, and educational for visitors of all ages. Its board is comprised of individuals drawn from the music, technology, event, and museum communities. Current advisors include guitar greats Steve Vai, Steve Howe, Tony Iommi, Ritchie Blackmore, Liona Boyd, Joe Bonamassa, and Pat Kirtley. The Executive Director of the Museum is HP Newquist.