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Review: ‘The Official Michael Jackson Exhibition’ / London

This past weekend, I was fortunate enough to attend ‘The Official Michael Jackson Exhibition’ at London’s 02 Arena. Somewhat bittersweet in that the venue is where the King of Pop was set to perform a record-breaking 50-concerts as part of his ill-fated ‘This Is It’ project, the exhibition was like no other I’ve been to before. Simply amazing.

The classy, well put-together showcase, featured priceless Jackson memorabilia such as his original, signed Motown contract, countless worn video outfits and props, his ’This Is It’ costumes, and even the Neverland gates!

At each turning, it felt like I stood before a small piece of my childhood; and for the first time since Michael’s passing, I felt legitimately able to really celebrate the life of what is (present tense) the greatest entertainer of all-time.

Perhaps the best thing of all though, was seeing young children, who were dressed as Michael, emulating his famous moves. This really warmed my spirit; after all, here were kids who were no doubt born long after Michael’s last album was released, yet here they were singing and dancing along to all his classic hits. It simply serves as a testament to Michael’s lasting legacy. No scandal, no naysayer, no nothing, can take away from the enduring impact Michael has had and will continue to have.

With the exhibition having finished its run here in London, reports say it is headed to the States next. Though it goes without saying, I’d thoroughly recommend it to anyone able to attend. A great celebration of a life which touched so many. Long live the King!

Check out the gallery of my snaps from the event below:

Your thoughts?

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28 Comments

  1. March 2, 2010 at 12:34 pm
    Dave says:
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    Aww, I love it. I’m glad they’re doing this for Mike.

  2. March 2, 2010 at 12:41 pm
    deejaybaps says:
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    awwww AMAZING

  3. March 2, 2010 at 1:19 pm
    MushyLove_1992 says:
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    This is amazing! Bless them all..

  4. March 2, 2010 at 1:43 pm
    Support jordin says:
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    This is so amazin i wanna cry

  5. March 2, 2010 at 2:23 pm
    Bi says:
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    I visited the exhibition four times and each time I was amazed! Almost surreal! He is THE king and always will be! There were people of every age and race, Michael is the one and only who united the human kind.

  6. March 2, 2010 at 2:24 pm
    mari tom says:
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    I went with my sister on Sunday. It was such an overwhelming experience. At the beginning of the tour we were shown a 4 min video charting Michael’s musical career which left some people quite tearful just before we began the exhibition. We saw costumes from his concerts even the ones planned for This Is It and many sequined gloves. I was disappointed not to see the Thriller costume. Original Beat It lyrics wriiten in Michael’s own hand. We walked under the Neverland Arch, however I did not see the gates. I managed to touch the green rocket used in Leave me Alone vid. There were items from his bedroom at Neverland and the famous Nordal Triptych. There were so many items of great significance in Michael’s life that I could not adequately describe them here. You could feel Michael’s spirit there. One had a feeling of peace and solitude. By the end everyone was tearful and signing the condolence book was incredibly moving. No one wanted to leave. I am so glad that I went.

  7. March 2, 2010 at 2:57 pm
    Sharon says:
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    Saw this just over a week ago with my cousin and our kids……..absolutely blown away. We were utterly surprised that everything was not closeted away in glass cases, but there, right in front of you. This gave it a such a personal feel…..just as I imagine Michael would have wanted it. If, wherever it goes next, you can get to see it, it will be well worth it. You may never get the chance again to be so close to such iconic items of Michaels ever again. Superb !

  8. March 2, 2010 at 3:30 pm
    Kingnoah3000 says:
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    wow! blown away!

  9. March 2, 2010 at 4:07 pm
    Aaliyon [AHLIYON] says:
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    AMAZING!!!!! MY IDOL IS THE GREATEST!!!! GLAD THE WORLD RECOGNIZES WHAT TRUE GREATNESS IS!

  10. March 2, 2010 at 7:19 pm
    Benjamin Waldron says:
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    How the hell did you get photograph the items when i went it specifically said no photography or you would be thrown out

  11. March 2, 2010 at 8:04 pm
    Ben says:
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    Wow, cool stuff. I was able to attend the Grammy Museum in Los Angeles a couple of months ago, and they had a Michael Jackson exhibition with some of his concert footage, light up dance stage, costumes that he wore(including the Hugo Boss white suit worn on the Thriller cover), and some of his famous gloves. I think it is nice that we all are getting a chance to look up close and personal at all of this priceless stuff.

  12. March 2, 2010 at 8:18 pm
    Its Me Again says:
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    “…the life of what is (present tense) the greatest entertainer of all-time.” – DAMN RIGHT! You need to capitalize and underline that s***!

    Long Live the King of Pop.

  13. March 2, 2010 at 8:22 pm
    camelia says:
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    so sad he is gone. 🙁 the exhibition was really nice. it would have been nicer…if he was still alive. and peaple had not been after him for so long. or if he just didnt care about it. but he did. ;(

  14. March 2, 2010 at 10:43 pm
    Deirdre B Pride says:
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    You lucky dog……You need to watermark these bad boyz.

  15. March 2, 2010 at 10:55 pm
    Deirdre B Pride says:
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    What was the replica of him pulling his face from? I don’t remember a video where he did that. I don’t recall him doing it in Thriller, yet it looks like it is from Thriller.

    @ Camelia, I think the fact that he’s gone makes this exhibition even more phenomenal and breathtaking. Hope that statement isn’t taken out of context. I can’t even describe how I felt looking at these pics, but wish he was here instead. They had a marathon of his videos on Sunday and I still cried. Those of us who adored him the most were cheated. People were so mean to him but he’s resting in paradise now.

  16. March 2, 2010 at 11:01 pm
    Truthwillprevail says:
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    omg..i just wanna cry.

  17. March 3, 2010 at 2:21 am
    Julie McNamara says:
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    I too, attended the MJ Exhibition TWICE!!! Whilst I had a lump in my throat during the film they show when you first arrive (awesome footage of the greatest performer!) right up to the Condolence Book (where I wept whilst reading some of the touching comments/messages and drawings left, especially by young children), I was amazed by the intricate details on his clothes/shoes (what I’d give for one of those jackets!) and how incredibly gifted this man was. I have been deeply affected by his passing – there will truly never be another like Michael. I strongly recommend you get chance to see some of the personal items MJ possessed. He will live forever – god bless him.

  18. March 3, 2010 at 2:24 am
    Julie McNamara says:
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    Deirdre, just read your comment and the cast where Michael is pulling his face (at the Exhibition) is from the video “Ghost”! If you haven’t seen this, do so, I still can’t decide if its better than “Thriller” – it is amazing!

  19. March 3, 2010 at 3:33 pm
    Claire-Louise says:
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    @Dierdre B pride,the 3 face models are from Michael’s mini movie “Ghosts”. If you haven’t seen it,its on youtube. Its fantastic and even better than thriller IMHO.

    Went to the exhibition twice,quite emotional the first time and needed a second visit to take it all in.

    R.I.P Applehead xxxxxxxxxxx

  20. March 3, 2010 at 9:29 pm
    Stoney-Brie says:
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    this is awesome!
    long live the king!

  21. March 4, 2010 at 12:50 am
    Cookie says:
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    Thank you for your very heartwarming post, and the great pics.

  22. March 4, 2010 at 1:58 am
    Deirdre B Pride says:
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    Wow, thanks Claire. I had forgotten all about it. They never showed in any of the marathons. I guess it would have been in poor taste considering. Nobody has ever danced like that. He was a musical genius.

  23. March 13, 2010 at 8:59 pm
    Caitlin says:
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    This is amazing. I’m so glad a whole new generation is being brought up on Michael. Thank you for this!

  24. April 1, 2010 at 4:12 pm
    laura says:
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    I went to the exhibition 3 times! Once on the 2nd day it had opened (back in Oct) and the 2 other times i actually went with a girl i met online who is also a massive MJ fan! we have remained firm friends and plan to go to LA in June to pay respects at Forest Lawn!
    Anyway, the 3rd time we went .. we were the the last 2 people through the doors on the very last day(28th feb).. which was AMAZING!
    i dont know what got into me but i ended up getting so emotional, knowing it was going to be packed away within a couple of hours.. that we ended up touching the clothes!
    Ranging from the Ghost’s shirt, Smooth Criminal outfit from TII.. GoldPants.. Bad tour bodysuit.. ETC!! anything we could get our hands on!! THE MOST AMAZING day of my life!!
    the security guards were so caught up in trying to close the exhibition down, they didn’t seem to care!! IM SO GLAD I DID IT (even if it was naughty!)

  25. June 25, 2010 at 11:05 am
    annon says:
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    HAHA sam you sound like youre promoting this too much. try to tone it down a little so we will actually believe you. LOL ie make it less obvious youre promoting this exhibition because of the money

  26. June 25, 2010 at 2:26 pm
    UGh says:
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    I wish the exhibit would come to Canada. i want to go so bad.

  27. December 19, 2012 at 2:46 am
    diana says:
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    I love michael

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