Taylor Swift fans, you need to see the dazzling exhibit that just opened in N.J. (PHOTOS)
Posted April 07, 2018 at 09:05 AM | Updated April 07, 2018 at 09:06 AM
First, it was in Los Angeles. Then New York City. Then Mississippi.
Now, the dazzling Taylor Swift Experience traveling exhibit has reached New Jersey and it’s better than ever.
The latest featured exhibit at Prudential Center’s new Grammy Museum Experience, a soup to nuts celebration of the world’s hottest female pop star — featuring rare home videos, authentic costumes and heaps of memorabilia — opened Friday in Newark, and let’s not mix words: if you love Taylor Swift and live within reasonable distance of the venue, you must check this place out, lest you never, ever, ever forgive yourself. It truly is a Swiftie’s dream in here.
After debuting at the Grammy Museum flagship space in Los Angeles in 2014, the exhibit — which has been meticulously curated by the museum, Swift and her family to provide items from all eras of the 28-year-old mega-star’s massive career — spent time at New York’s South Street Seaport in late 2016, and then hit the Grammy Museum in Cleveland, Miss. last year, and now resides on Mulberry Street in Newark through Labor Day.
Here’s a breakdown of what the Taylor Swift Experience offers, and some of the coolest items we saw during a sneak preview Thursday:
A terrific, 25-minute video screening, created specifically for the exhibit, that hits all milestones in Swift’s career, including big Grammy Award wins, TV performances, tour videos and iPhone clips taken by Swift herself. This mini-movie alone is worth price of admission ($10 for adults, $7 for children).
An interactive soundbooth where you can sing along and pretend to record “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together,” and a light-up miniature dancefloor where you can bop around to “Shake It Off.”
New to the exhibit are costumes from Swift’s latest album cycle, surrounding the November LP “Reputation,” including the creepy zombie mask mold, red dress and curling snake shoes from her “Look What You Made Me Do” music video.
Dozens of authentic apparel pieces that are iconic in Swiftian lore, including the Atelier Versace dress she wore to the 2016 Grammys (where she won her second Album of the Year award), her costumes from the “Bad Blood” and “Mean” music videos and pieces from her Red and 1989 World Tours.
Handwritten lyrics for her Grammy Award-winning song “White Horse.”
Provided by the Swift family are loads of childhood relics, including baby pictures and clothes, a Winnie The Pooh book, and a drawing Swift made of her father, a stock broker, as a “business-snowman.” Her creativity knows no bounds!
Wholesome home videos of Swift’s first day of first grade, her unwrapping her first guitar, performing in coffeeshops as a 12-year-old and many more clips from her pre-fame days.
Swift, the best-selling recording artist of the past decade, will visit New Jersey in July, not to see the exhibit but to perform on her upcoming Reputation World Tour. She plays MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford for three nights, July 20-22. She last performed here in 2015 on her 1989 tour.
And it’ll be something of homecoming, as Swift grew up only about 50 miles from the New Jersey border in Wyomissing, Pa., and her family owned a summer home down the shore in Stone Harbor for most of her childhood (she’s on record as a lover of Springer’s Homemade Ice Cream).
The Grammy Museum Experience at Prudential Center is open Tuesday to Sunday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. (8 p.m. on event nights). Entry is $10 for adults, $7 for children, and allows access not only to the Taylor Swift Experience but to the entire museum, which opened last fall and features its own list of interactive exhibits and artifacts surrounding popular music.