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The exhibition, which runs through November 4, 2012, will include dozens of costumes, instruments, set pieces and props from the tour, and will faithfully recreate 10 vignettes from the tour. Among the items on display will be Taylor's Roberto Cavalli ombre gold bugle-beaded dress and shimmering red Gibson Les Paul model electric guitar, featured during her performance of "The Story of Us"; the singer's pale blue silk Marchesa gown with rhinestone bodice, and white piano bench with tufted leather upholstery, both featured in "Back to December"; her red, sequined Jenny Packham slip dress and knee-high leather boots, worn during "Better Than Revenge"; the Taylor brand koa wood ukulele with mother-of-pearl inlay, used during her acoustic performance of "Fearless"; and Taylor's golden Valentino ball gown, featuring layers of tulle and a sequin overlay; dancers' and aerialists' costumes; and the "Juliet balcony" in which she soared above the crowd during each performance of "Love Story." See the entire list of items and vignettes on display here.
Earlier this month, Taylor pledged $4 million to fund a new education center at the museum. It was the largest capital contribution by an individual artist in the museum's 45-year history, prompting the museum to name the new space the Taylor Swift Education Center. The center, comprised of two stories, with three classrooms and an exhibit space geared toward kids, is expected to open in early 2014 and is part of a $75 million expansion of the entire Hall of Fame and Museum in downtown Nashville.
"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," says 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."
Taylor has been a longtime supporter of the museum, donating 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.