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Much-Awaited Immersive Tupac Shakur Exhibit Opens In Downtown LA

“Tupac Shakur. Wake Me When I’m Free” is a 20,000-square-foot exhibit that will have a limited-run in L.A. Live.

By CBS Los Angeles , in Los Angeles , at January 21, 2022

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LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) – A new immersive museum experience celebrating the life and legacy of rap legend Tupac Shakur opens Friday in downtown Los Angeles.

A raised black fist sculpture titled “Hang In There” and Black Panther flags are displayed in front of a recreation of the Black Panther HQ during the media preview of the exhibition “Tupac Shakur. Wake Me When I’m Free” at L.A. Live on January 20, 2022. (Getty Images)

“Tupac Shakur. Wake Me When I’m Free” at The Canvas at L.A. Live, located at Georgia Street and Olympic Boulevard.

The 20,000-square-foot traveling exhibit, which will be open for a limited-run in L.A., is described by creators as “part museum, part art installation, part sensory experience.”

It is a “fully immersive, thought-provoking museum experience that explores the life and legacy of the acclaimed artist and activist,” organizers said in a news release.

Exhibit event producer Arron Saxe spoke to CBS2 News This Morning about the significance of the museum.

“One of the things about Tupac that we highlight in the show is his prophetic nature, looking out the window and reporting the news, so to speak, which is really what hip hop is,” Saxe said Friday. “And if you take those lyrics and that poetry that he wrote from age 10 years old, until the day he dies at 25, you really see that he knew what he was talking about. And I think that when people walk through this exhibit, and see all the writings, and see what he was talking about, in the context of now, there’s a lot of lightbulbs that are going to be switched on.”

An Egyptian bust and a reproduction of an untitled handwritten poem are displayed in the lobby during the media preview of the exhibition “Tupac Shakur. Wake Me When I’m Free” at L.A. Live on Jan. 20, 2022. ( Getty Images)

Tickets start at $29.50 for adults, and $19.50 for children.