I’m not gonna lie, when I first saw the headline “Justin Bieber is Getting His Own Museum Exhibition” I thought for sure it was the folks behind the Real Housewives and Tonya Harding/Nancy Kerrigan exhibits. As it turns out, it’s a fairly traditional museum — Ontario’s Stratford Perth Museum — that’s dedicating their next exhibit to their hometown pop superstar.
Justin Bieber is many things, but I didn’t think “subject of a museum exhibition” was going to be one anytime soon. But anything goes these days, and I am all for “fame” being the subject of most any exhibit. The exhibit will tell the story of Bieber’s, who spent his early years in Stratford, rise to superstardom and was created with the help of the singer’s family.
His grandparents, Diane and Bruce Dale, helped make the exhibition — which will feature hundreds of items on display — happen. As Billboard reported, Bieber himself donated items like a hockey bag and a jacket from his time with the Stratford Warriors, running shoes, microphones, photographs, personal letters, awards, and more.
Stratford’s local newspaper had some fun details to add: The deal for the exhibition was apparently sealed in a Stratford Tim Hortons (how Canadian!) and the show’s title “Steps to Stardom” is a tribute to the steps of Stratford’s Avon Theatre that Bieber busked on as a boy.
The exhibit is set to open on February 18 and will be open indefinitely. Visit the Stratford Perth Museum site for more information. I hope their staff is ready for a LOT of 12-year-old girls.