Yesterday (March 13) was the first day of the the exhibition of early guitars “Towards a Guitar Museum” in Granada. The setting is the absolutely sumptuous palace in Carmen de los Mártires close to the Alhambra. It will run until April 14 of this year. It is open Wednesdays to Sundays from 10am to 2pm. This show comes out of a desire to establish a permanent museum of the guitar in Granada (or anywhere else in Spain for that matter). Some very interesting guitars showing some of the hallmarks of the 19th century makers like the multi-piece backs, pear shaped body or the scroll.
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The irony is that there are probably a few very good private collections in Spain whose owners would love to see them being exhibited but the owners are not wealthy people (makers, players) so there is little chance that they will ever become public. The two I am thinking of are not specifically Granada focussed but surely have quite a few from there.
I have often wondered if a something could be crowd funded - but am not sure how that would work as crowd-funding is not a way of getting running costs - entrance fees will never cover running costs as you can't charge more that a few euros for entry.
There is a small museum in Almeria which is quite nice although the collection is not extensive. Romanillos used to have a lot on exhibition in Siguenza but the local council ran out of money so the exhibition closed. The casa de guitarra in Seville has a small room packed with interesting guitars and of course there is a collection in the music museum in Bracelona. I suppose thee are other locations but that is all I know about.