See Kirk Hammett's Horror Movie Museum Exhibit

The Metallica guitarist owns dozens of pieces of art and memorabilia

July 25, 2019

Metallica guitarist Kirk Hammett loves heavy riffs and scary movies, and his passions are on full display at the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto.

It’s Alive! Classic Horror and Sci-Fi Art from the Kirk Hammett Collection features 90 items from his collection of classic horror and sci-fi movie posters and collectibles like horror-themed electric guitars.

The museum says the exhibition explores Hammett’s significant collection and examines a connection between artistry, emotion and popular culture through a selection of works from 20th century cinema.

“The show will resonate for a lot of people,” curator Arlene Gehmacher told the Toronto Sun. “Even though we see a lot of works on Netflix or on television these days, this will bring you back to a time when people went to the theater and really had to be lured into the theater by posters.”

Hammett’s collection is considered to be one of the best of its kind in the world, and he says the artwork influences his songwriting and playing with Metallica.

“I’ve been into the horror genre ever since I was five or six years old,” he said. “The very first horror movie I ever saw was Day of the Triffids. And in my youth, I collected comic books and monster magazines and I still do.”

If you plan on being in Canada this year, the exhibit runs through January 5, 2020.