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PHOENIX: July 20, 2011 Download this press release >

Elvis Coming to the Musical Instrument Museum (MIM) on August 6

New Exhibit Featuring Artifacts From Elvis Presley’s Life Will Be Part of a Renovated Artist Gallery

PHOENIX (July 20, 2011) On August 6, the Musical Instrument Museum ( will be All Shook Up with the introduction of an Elvis Presley exhibit in the museum’s newly renovated Artist Gallery. Guests will get to experience The King of Rock ‘n’ Roll® through a collection of personal items, clothing, and musical instruments. One highlight of the exhibit will be the priceless 1975 Martin D-28 acoustic guitar that Elvis played during his 1977 tours, including his last concert on June 26 in Indianapolis, Ind. In addition to displaying it, MIM has been chosen by Elvis Presley Enterprises to restore the guitar to the condition in which Elvis last played it.

The new Elvis exhibit will feature a collection of items on loan from Elvis Presley’s Graceland in Memphis, TN and will tell the story of Elvis through three main periods of the King’s career:

  • The early rock ’n’ roll years, culminating in his years of Army service (1956–1960)
  • His Hollywood years (1960–1968)
  • His triumphant return to live performance (1968–1977)

The Elvis exhibit will be featured in MIM’s popular Artist Gallery, which celebrates the world’s most revered musical legends by exhibiting iconic instruments such as the piano John Lennon used to compose “Imagine,” Eric Clapton’s “Brownie” Stratocaster guitar played on “Layla,” and equally historic instruments played by artists such as Paul Simon, Carlos Santana, George Benson, Eddie Palmieri, and many others.

In addition to the Elvis exhibit, the updated Artist Gallery will feature a new Steve Vai exhibit and include additional items in the R. Carlos Nakai exhibit. More exhibits will be added to the Artist Gallery throughout Fall 2011, representing artists including Roy Orbison, Toby Keith, Glen Campbell and Buck Owens. While the Artist Gallery is currently closed to the public as it undergoes renovation, the rest of the 192,000-square-foot museum is open as normal.

Musical Notes

  • Elvis starred in 33 successful films
  • Elvis has sold more than one billion records, more than any other artist ever
  • His accolades include three Grammy wins, 14 nominations, and the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award
  • The MIM collection includes more than 15,000 instruments from 200 countries and territories around
  • the world
  • The oldest instrument in the museum is a collection of six carillon bells cast in 1659 in Belgium by the famous Amsterdam bell maker Pieter Hemony

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About MIM
MIM enriches the world community by collecting, preserving, and making accessible high-quality musical instruments, images, and music from every country in the world. We celebrate our world’s diverse musical cultures and foster global understanding by offering our guests an incomparable interactive experience, a welcoming and fun environment, dynamic programming, and exceptional musical performances.
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Erin Kozak, Media Relations Specialist