The best music is made using the best instruments, and C. F. Martin and Company has been producing state-of-the-art guitars, mandolins, ukuleles, and basses for decades. Known for their incredible attention to detail, flawless design, and constant innovations, there’s a reason this family-owned company has been successful for so long. Discover the secret for yourself when you take a Martin Guitar Factory tour!
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Take a Martin Guitar Factory Tour
When you take a tour of the factory, you’ll learn about how the guitars are handmade by the incredible craftspersons at C. F. Martin & Company. First, you’ll learn about the art of guitar-making, starting from its origins. Then, you’ll get an overview of how a piece of rough lumber becomes an exquisite instrument, a process that requires more than 300 steps!
The tours run at regular intervals between 11:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. Tours last about one hour, and the museum recommends that you wear closed-toe shoes. The frequency of the tours may vary, depending on the season or the demand, and they are completely free!
If you’d like an even closer look at how C. F. Martin and Company operates, book the Behind the Scenes Tour. Available by appointment from Monday through Friday at 9:30 a.m., these tours are for guests 18 or older and are $25 per person. These tours last about two hours and are only for groups of six or fewer. Long pants and fully enclosed, rubber-soled shoes are required.
Visit the Museum
After your tour of the factory, stop by the Martin Guitar Museum and the 1833 Shop. Learn about the history of music and guitar-playing in the museum and admire more than 170 guitars on display. After, stop by the Pickin’ Parlor to strum on some of Martin’s high-end and limited edition models. If you want to take home a souvenir, the 1833 Shop is your next stop! You’ll find apparel and collectibles for all your loved ones back home.
Stay at Sayre Mansion
After your Martin Guitar Factory tour, return to the gorgeous Sayre Mansion for a wonderful evening! Our stunning bed and breakfast is less than a 30-minute drive from the Factory, Museum, and Visitor Center. We’re in the center of Bethlehem, PA, near all the best restaurants, attractions, museums, and shops in town.
Consider booking Room 35, a cozy third-floor corner room decorated in beautiful red tones and floral print. This room features a queen-size bed, a writing desk, a private bathroom with a shower, and a peaked gothic window that lets in the perfect amount of morning light.
Check our availability and book today! We look forward to having you!