Lonely Planet Writer

A new Prince exhibition in London will premiere items from the music legend's Paisley Park

Prince was a multi-faceted artist, known for revolutionizing music throughout his nearly 40-year career. Now, a new exhibition in London will let fans learn more about the legend and glimpse some never-before-seen artefacts.

Prince performs onstage at The Hollywood Palladium on March 8, 2014 in Los Angeles, California.
A new exhibition on Prince is coming to London. Image by Kevin Mazur/WireImage for NPG Records 2013/Getty Images

The 27 October opening will mark the word premiere of the first official exhibition about Prince, coming more than a year after his death in April 2016 at the age of 57. “My Name is Prince” will open at the O2 in London and will run for 21 days, celebrating the life and legacy of the massively-influential artist.

Hundreds of never-before-seen artefacts will be part of the exhibition, brought directly from Paisley Park, Prince’s famous home in Minnesota. It will include instruments, stage outfits, awards and handwritten song lyrics. Some of the items leaving Paisley Park for the time include clothes from the 1984/1985 Purple Rain tour and the 1988/1989 Lovesexy tour, the orange Cloud guitar made for Prince’s 2007 Super Bowl half-time performance, and the Gibson L65 guitar that Prince used when he made his national television debut on American Bandstand in 1980.

According to the O2, the exhibition will run for 21 days to mark the 21 sold-out concerts that he played at the venue in August and September 2007, a record that stands to this day.

Prince’s siblings said in a statement that the family is honoured to have the exhibition at the O2: “he loved to share his work and life with his fans. We know him as a brother who became not only one of the most prolific songwriters of all time, but an entertainer and musician who was unlike any other. It’s only appropriate we share him and these amazing artefacts with the world now that he’s gone.” Tickets for the exhibition go on sale on 25 August and cost £25.