Shawn Mendes debuts New York pop-up that takes fans inside his work process... and delights visitors by showing up to the venue

Shawn Mendes surprised fans who visited the brand-new New York pop-up exhibition about his work process on Friday.

The 21-year-old pop star graciously mingled with some of the delighted guests at pop-up, which has been hosted by Verizon. 

A huge crowd of fans could be seen lining up outside the This Is Shawn exhibition, which will only run Friday and Saturday.

Fan service: Shawn Mendes surprised fans who visited the brand-new New York pop-up exhibition about his work process on Friday

Fan service: Shawn Mendes surprised fans who visited the brand-new New York pop-up exhibition about his work process on Friday

Verizon says the production is 'a multi-room interactive experience that allows fans to dive into Shawn’s creative process as he brings his music to life - from writing lyrics to performing live,' according to Billboard.

To this end, the exhibition includes such items as a Yamaha keyboard, a soundboard and a recording booth.

One room is set up to look like a stage - a piano sits in the middle of it, surrounded on three sides by a panoramic photo of an audience.

In a press release obtained by Billboard in April, Shawn said of the reason for the exhibition: 'My fans are the reason I make music and perform.'

Working the room: The 21-year-old pop star graciously mingled with some of the delighted guests at pop-up, which has been hosted by Verizon

Working the room: The 21-year-old pop star graciously mingled with some of the delighted guests at pop-up, which has been hosted by Verizon

Appeal: A huge crowd of fans could be seen lining up outside the This Is Shawn exhibition, which will only run Friday and Saturday

Appeal: A huge crowd of fans could be seen lining up outside the This Is Shawn exhibition, which will only run Friday and Saturday

Premise: Verizon calls the pop-up an 'interactive experience that allows fans to dive into Shawn’s creative process as he brings his music to life - from writing lyrics to performing live'

Premise: Verizon calls the pop-up an 'interactive experience that allows fans to dive into Shawn’s creative process as he brings his music to life - from writing lyrics to performing live'

He added: 'This is why I’m so excited to partner with Verizon on some amazing experiences that will get fans even closer to me than ever before. I can’t wait to share the energy of my shows in a truly unique way.'

His outing comes after he apologized for 'everything insensitive I said in the past,' including social media posts from when he was 14. 

At a question and answer session after a concert, a fan asked him about the social media posts, and film of the exchange was tweeted by Pop Crave.

'I don't want you to take any offense. I just wanted to do it for black Twitter, black Shawn stans everywhere out there,' the fan opened.

'Truly unique': He added: 'This is why I’m so excited to partner with Verizon on some amazing experiences that will get fans even closer to me than ever before'

'Truly unique': He added: 'This is why I’m so excited to partner with Verizon on some amazing experiences that will get fans even closer to me than ever before'

In the headlines: His outing comes after he apologized for 'everything insensitive I said in the past,' including social media posts from when he was 14

In the headlines: His outing comes after he apologized for 'everything insensitive I said in the past,' including social media posts from when he was 14

'In the past, there's a lot of kind of ignorant tweets you could say, hurtful insensitive tweets that you tweeted before ... I think recently it's been deleted … but why has it never been acknowledged?' she asked. 

'I didn't mean to not acknowledge it. I just think that a lot of things need to be moved on from,' Shawn began his response.

'I had friends when I was like 14, who would take my phone and post things of them and they thought it was funny that I had 2,000 followers,' he shared.

Behind the scenes: The exhibition includes such items as a Yamaha keyboard, a soundboard and a recording booth

Behind the scenes: The exhibition includes such items as a Yamaha keyboard, a soundboard and a recording booth

What a setup: One room is set up to look like a stage - a piano sits in the middle of it, surrounded on three sides by a panoramic photo of an audience

What a setup: One room is set up to look like a stage - a piano sits in the middle of it, surrounded on three sides by a panoramic photo of an audience

'At the time, I was just not thinking about it. I had no idea I was going to have 50 million followers. It doesn't make it any better.'

He said: 'I apologize for everything insensitive that I said in the past. But with that being said, I think that's not my personality.'

The old posts include: 'Light skin girls >>,' calling a friend 'm n*****' on Instagram and tweeting: '98% of black people are naturally gifted with the ability to dance..'

Shawn Mendes is now dating his fellow pop singer Camila Cabello, with whom he will be performing at the MTV Video Music Awards in Newark on Monday. 

Incoming: Shawn Mendes is now dating his fellow pop singer Camila Cabello, with whom he will be performing at the MTV Video Music Awards in Newark on Monday

Incoming: Shawn Mendes is now dating his fellow pop singer Camila Cabello, with whom he will be performing at the MTV Video Music Awards in Newark on Monday

Back on stage: Later he was seen on stage at a concert in Brooklyn

Back on stage: Later he was seen on stage at a concert in Brooklyn

Starstruck: His girlfriend Camila Cabello looked on with love in her eyes

Starstruck: His girlfriend Camila Cabello looked on with love in her eyes

Shawn Mendes delights visitors to pop-up that takes fans inside his work process

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