Led Zeppelin Goes to the Museum: Legendary Guitars on View at NYC's Met and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

The Led Zeppelin-era live rig of Jimmy Page [shown here wearing his dragon-embroidered jacket and pants in '71] will be part of the Play It Loud exhibit (Image credit: Kate Simon)

There’s mojo to the max at New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art right now, thanks to a massive exhibition of legendary rock and roll gear called Play It Loud: Instruments of Rock and Roll. The show opened April 8 and will run through to October 1 at the Met. From there it goes on to a six-month run at Cleveland’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, which worked with the Met to put the exhibition together.

While the full range of rock instrumentation is represented, the show is especially heavy on iconic guitars such as Jimi Hendrix’s Woodstock Strat, Eric Clapton’s “Blackie” Strat, Jerry Garcia’s “Wolf” and “Tiger” guitars, Keith Richards’ “Micawber” ’54 Telecaster, Bob Dylan’s Newport Strat, John Lennon's 1964 Rickenbacker 325/12 and many others. Jimmy Page and Eddie Van Halen are among those honored with displays of their full live rigs.

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