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Great visit to see a broad range of stringed instruments

We visited this little museum with a lot of guitars, mandolines and other instruments. We thought... read more

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Small but mighty

"Small" refers to the physical space. The number and range of instruments is really quite large. We... read more

Reviewed March 29, 2019
Denny G
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1907 Belmont Blvd, Located in Lila D. Bunch Library at Belmont University, Nashville, TN 37212-3808
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

We visited this little museum with a lot of guitars, mandolines and other instruments. We thought it a beautiful collection. There is the possibility to play on a few instruments as well.

Date of experience: June 2019
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Reviewed March 29, 2019

"Small" refers to the physical space. The number and range of instruments is really quite large. We often rate an instrument's importance by the fame of someone who played it. Here it's the instruments themselves that are iconic

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Denny G
Reviewed December 28, 2018 via mobile

I visited this place in the Belmont library with my fiancée and her brother. The guide was friendly, knowledgeable, and engaging. I really enjoyed being allowed to play a 1933 Gibson — truly a once in a lifetime experience.

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed December 14, 2018

Part of a personal collection on display in the library. Awesome guitars, and mandolins with a very personal experience as we were the only people there. Worth a stop for a free visit.

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed October 23, 2018 via mobile

What a hidden gem this is. Located in the library at Belmont University, you won’t find a more pleasurable, unique collection of historic guitars & mandolins than the Shaw Collection. Exhibits include the iconic 1958 Gibson Les Paul Standard and a 1939 Martin D-45, one...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed July 14, 2018 via mobile

My boyfriend is a local musician back home and he absolutely loved the exhibit. I’m a history buff and loved being able to see how the instrument has evolved over time and artifacts from the 1880s. It was well worth the $5. It’s not very...More

Date of experience: July 2018
1  Thank 816laurent
Reviewed July 9, 2018

Interesting collection of various stringed instruments. Moreso for husband who is guitarist. Entrance was only $5. Took about half an hour thoroughly looking at each instrument.

Date of experience: June 2018
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Reviewed July 7, 2018

Little hidden gem in Nashville - Belmont U library houses a lovely little collection of guitars and other instruments. Nice spot to learn about guitars and see some relics!

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank Jennifer W
Reviewed January 22, 2018

Incredible story behind this multi-million dollar collection of guitars. If you play guitar or you don't, you will appreciate this room full of history. Be sure to listen to the story and enjoy the incredible guitars you can look at and the ones you can...More

Date of experience: August 2017
Thank Brian C
Reviewed December 14, 2017

Located on the grounds of Belmont and within the Lila D. Bunch University is the Gallery of Iconic Guitars, so it's not a self standing building but a space within the library. Now, I'm not a huge fan but if you are in-store for a...More

Date of experience: December 2017
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James O
January 11, 2018|
Response from 8ric | Reviewed this property |
All of the above, they do have some famous artists and then also rare guitars. It's a very nice display area and they have an attendant that is well informed on the history of the pieces.