The Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum will explore superstar Taylor Swift's record-breaking world tour with the exhibition Taylor Swift: Speak Now-Treasures from the World Tour, which opens on June 6, 2012, and runs through November 4, 2012. The exhibition will include dozens of costumes, instruments, set pieces and props from the six-time Grammy winner's acclaimed 2011-12 Speak Now World Tour, which entertained more than 1.5 million fans over 111 shows in 19 countries spanning four continents.
"Taylor Swift's Speak Now tour was one of the most
successful tours in all of music, and she has been an ambassador for
country music, raising awareness of our genre literally around the
globe," said Museum Director Kyle Young. "We are delighted to be able
to bring our visitors up close and personal with many of their favorite
elements from the show, from the colorful and elaborate stage costumes
and beautiful instruments, to the magnificent 'Juliet balcony' that
Taylor entered near the conclusion of each show and 'flew' around the
circumference of each venue.
"Taylor is a dynamic live performer whose open heart and
engaging personality allow her to make even the largest stadium shows an
intimate experience," Young continued. "Touring has always been a key
element connecting music artists with their fans; those interactions
help forge and strengthen the artist-fan relationship, and this exhibit
speaks to that. And the opportunity came to us out of discussions we
were having with Taylor related to our expansion-serendipity is a
Earlier this month, Swift pledged $4 million to fund a new
education center at the museum. Swift's gift, the largest capital
contribution by an individual artist in the museum's 45-year history,
prompted the museum to name the new space the Taylor Swift Education
Center. The center will open in early 2014. The gift was made in
conjunction with the museum's expansion capital campaign, Working on a Building: Country Music Lives Here.
Swift has for years been a generous supporter of the museum's
exhibitions, loaning the institution dresses, stage costumes and
instruments for display; a free-standing, Taylor Swift multimedia
exhibit has been one of the museum's most popular attractions since its
debut in May, 2010.