Support for LAist comes from
We Explain L.A.
Stay Connected

Share This

Arts and Entertainment

Immersive Museum Dedicated To Legendary Rapper Tupac Shakur Opens In LA

A black and white portrait of Tupac Shakur shows the left side of his face in profile. He is shirtless,  wearing a baseball hat backward and jewelry around his neck while looking down with his eyes closed.
The museum dives into Shakur's activism, music and art.
(Jeffrey Newbury
Wake Me When I'm Free)
Before you
Dear reader, we're asking you to help us keep local news available for all. Your financial support keeps our stories free to read, instead of hidden behind paywalls. We believe when reliable local reporting is widely available, the entire community benefits. Thank you for investing in your neighborhood.

Angelenos have a new way to connect with late rapper Tupac Shakur and take a deeper dive into who he was.

A temporary exhibit centered around the rapper opened on Jan. 21 in Downtown Los Angeles. “Tupac Shakur. Wake Me When I'm Free” will be at The Canvas at L.A. Live for a limited time.

"The title comes from a poem called 'untitled,' which Tupac wrote in his teenage years," said Arron Saxe, who created the exhibit in collaboration with the Shakur estate.

It provides an immersive look at the rapper's life and legacy, featuring technology, contemporary art and artifacts from his personal archives.

Support for LAist comes from

“From the second you walk in the door ... you are inundated with information that gives you an opportunity to dive deeper into who this man is,” Saxe said.

Shakur often wrote about the systemic racism and other issues of his day, which Saxe said are still present today. He hopes people come to the museum with an open heart and an open mind.

“And also an eye to what's happening in our world today,” Saxe said. “And we hope it inspires people to dig a little deeper ... and see if there's some change they can do in the world.”

Tickets and other information can be found at Wake Me When I'm Free.

What questions do you have about Southern California?