Both David Bowie and Pink Floyd have proven that if you still all your old gear, costumes, and props into a museum, people will flock to it. And because they exit through the gift shop, they also buy a ton of stuff.
I visited the Floyd exhibit at the V&A Museum in London last fall. It was so popular that even in the very last week of a multi-month run, I had to buy admission tickets weeks in advance. It was THAT popular. And the gift shop exit was expensive. I think I spent close to £200.
This has other bands thinking about raiding their warehouses and striking similar deals with museums. And Pearl Jam is all in.
Ahead of a series of Seattle concerts called The Home Shows this summer, the Museum of Pop Culture will open its doors to a Pearl Jam Exhibit called “Home & Away.”
Beginning August 11, the museum will display gear and other ephemera from Pearl Jam’s warehouse. Pearl Jam says this on their website:
This extensive exhibition will feature personal instruments, equipment, stage props, original typewritten lyrics and notebooks, original poster and album art, set lists, and a photo op featuring the towering letters from Ten.
The museum has this to say.
This exhibition will give an intimate first-hand look at PEARL JAM’s journey from 1990 to the present and into the future. From their beginnings as one of the originators of the ‘Seattle Sound’ and the grunge phenomenon, to their sustained global impact as one of the most popular and respected bands in the world, Pearl Jam’s story is still unfolding as they continue to sell out shows worldwide and use their stage to further social and political consciousness.
Learn more here.