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Met Pays Homage to Martin

The venerable museum is hosting exhibit honoring the legendary guitar and its maker.

The poster for  Early American Guitars: The Instruments of C.F. Martin. (Image courtesy of the Metropolitan Museum of Art)
The poster for Early American Guitars: The Instruments of C.F. Martin. (Image courtesy of the Metropolitan Museum of Art)

An American institution is paying homage to an American institution.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City recently opened a new exhibit dedicated to Martin guitars.

Early American Guitars: The Instruments of C.F. Martin features 35 instruments on loan from the Martin Guitar Museum in Nazareth and other private collectors. 

Christian Frederick Martin was the son of a cabinetmaker in Saxony, and moved to the United States in 1833, the Met said in a statement about the exhibit. Martin eventually settled in Nazareth, and it was there that he produced his legendary guitars that the Met said would be the basis for all American guitars to come.

The exhibit opened Jan. 14 and will run nearly all year, to Dec. 7. Admission to the exhibit is included with a museum ticket. Tickets are $25 for adults; $17 for seniors over 65; and $12 for students. Click here for additional travel information and to purchase tickets.

For information about Nazareth’s Martin Guitar Museum and guided tours of the Martin factory, click here.

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