Items from Metallica lead guitarist Kirk Hammett‘s extensive collection of horror and sci-fi art will go on display at the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, Massachusetts this summer and fall. The exhibit, titled “It’s Alive! Classic Horror And Sci-Fi Art From The Kirk Hammett Collection,” will feature 90 works that highlight the history and evolution of horror and sci-fi films and how they impact modern society and contemporary fears. The exhibition will run from August 12th through November 26th, and will include film posters as well as collectible electric guitars, monster masks and sculptures.

  • Themed sections of the exhibit will include “The Undead,” “The Collector,” “Classic Tales,” “Other Realms,” “Women And Power” and “Mad Science.”
  • Published in tandem with the show will be a 120-page exhibition catalogue with 90 color illustrations, titled It’s Alive! Classic Sci-Fi And Horror Movie Posters From The Kirk Hammett Collection.
  • Hammett, a lifelong horror fan, staged two editions of his own horror convention, Fear FestEvil, in recent years. But he told us his schedule with Metallica has put the project on ice for now: [“Fear FestEvil is something that I intend on doing again in the future, when I actually have more time. It’s something that I’m very hands-on about, and so I’m just going to just chalk this one up as, we’re not going to do it next year, maybe we can do it the following year, but we’ll definitely do another one, or two or three.”] 
  • Hammett is currently on tour with Metallica in support of the band’s latest album, Hardwired…To Self-Destruct, with the trek expected to last throughout the rest of 2017.
  • Hammett released a coffee table book in 2012 called Too Much Horror Business that featured photos of his extensive collection of monster and horror memorabilia.
  • He also displayed a portion of his collection in the “Kirk’s Crypt” exhibition during the 2012 and 2013 Orion Music + More festivals curated by Metallica.