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Photo: Guitars - the Museum

Large Swedish guitar exhibition has new home

A museum in Umeå claiming to have one of the finest private collections of valuable electric guitars has moved to a new location in the city after its fifth anniversary.

Guitars–the Museum has reopened in a new location in Umeå, Sweden. Formerly housed in an early 20th-century school building that also held a rock club, restaurant, music store and record shop, the museum can now be found on the top level of the Umeå Folkets Hus in the city centre at Skolgatan 59.

The museum’s reopening took place on Saturday, May 11. It opened at its previous location on January 31, 2014, so this year has marked its fifth anniversary.

Umeå Folkets Hus is a conference, meeting and event centre featuring a restaurant and entertainment venues. The centre calls itself “one of the first Nordic Swan ecolabelled conference centres” and “one of Norrland’s largest conference facilities.”

Remarkable collection
The museum bills itself as “one the world’s finest privately owned collections of guitars.” And in addition to a sizeable collection of valuable electric guitars from the 50s and 60s, it also includes bass guitars, amplifiers and accessories.

The twin brothers Samuel and Michael Åhden own and have collected the guitars and other equipment since their youth. The brothers also have a deep interest in older vehicles, mostly American, which they say started when they spent summer holidays with their grandfather, who ran a cab company with a fleet of American cars.

Samuel and Michael say that “the American 50s cars, guitars and music, as well as the jeans and the boots have a common denominator: a bygone era and a culture that is very much worth preserving.”

They currently lend the collection to the museum through a long-term agreement so visitors have the opportunity to experience some of the “world’s most desirable instruments” for the foreseeable future.

The guitar museum is open Mondays to Fridays between 12:00 and 18:00 and Saturdays from 12:00 to 16:00. Guided tours occur daily at 13:00 and 15:00 and are included in the entrance fee.

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