EMP Museum

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325 5th Avenue North, Seattle, WA, USA
www.empmuseum.org - (206) 770-2700

EMP Museum Seattle Reviews

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A Museum for Contemporary Pop Culture Enthusiasts Nov 06, 2014
The EMP Museum (Experience Music Project) in Seattle, Washington, focuses on contemporary popular culture. It contains both interactive and non-interactive exhibits throughout the site.

It is conveniently located right next to the Space Needle, as well as, several other of Seattle's attractions. It's easily accessible by car (plenty of parking is available), bus, and even by monorail, which runs right through the building.

The building itself is rather large and its appearance has been referred to as resembling a smashed electric guitar. There are three levels including all types of exhibits, retail, a restaurant, and even a small concert venue.

As goes with most museums, the exhibits change from time to time so multiple visits would not be out of the ordinary. When I visited last November, the primary exhibit was centered around Jimi Hendrix.

Other exhibits included "Nirvana - Taking Punk to the Masses" which consisted of a large amount of Nirvana memorabilia. There was also a Science Fiction exhibit that included tons of photos, set pieces, and other memorabilia from Star Trek, The Matrix, and numerous other movies. Also, exhibited was a tribute to horror movies which included items from Alien, Friday the 13th, and other famous movies of that genre. There was also a large room devoted to the progression of guitars including the actual instruments and notable artists that performed with them. Nearby there is a tower of over 500 guitars that spans multiple levels.

I am a music fan so I spent several hours wandering around. There are many rooms available in which you are encouraged to wail on the guitar, bang on some drums, or hold the mic and belt out some tunes behind closed doors. You could spend hours just doing that. I personally got lost in time watching some of the most creative music videos and hearing the stories behind them and perusing props from the sets of those videos.

Have you been to the Rock n' Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland? Or for that matter, the one in NYC? Imagine that but then add in movie related and interactive exhibits and focus more on the science of how it was made and that sums up EMP.

I think I paid somewhere between $20 - $25 to get in. It was worth it for me. There's also a Seattle City Pass that is available that costs around $70 (I think) that allows you to get into 5 of the larger Seattle attractions including EMP, Space Needle, Aquarium, and Zoo.

I enjoyed the EMP and would definitely see it again.
Prop from Blur's, "Coffee & TV."
The Princess Bride
The Princess Bride costumes
The Princess Bride
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hanleyscot says:
Seattle is an amazing town. I really liked it there. Hope to make it back again some day. The EMP is definitely worth visiting if you have the time.
Posted on: Mar 02, 2015
curious_claire says:
This sounds good. Will have to remember to check it out if i ever find myself in Seattle!
Posted on: Mar 02, 2015
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hanleyscot hanleysc…
51 reviews
A Museum for Contemporary Pop Culture Enthusiasts Nov 06, 2014
The EMP Museum (Experience Music Project) in Seattle, Washington, focuses on contemporary popular culture. It contains both interactive and non-interactive exhibits throughout the site.

It is conveniently located right next to the Space Needle, as well as, several other of Seattle's attractions. It's easily accessible by car (plenty of parking is available), bus, and even by monorail, which runs right through the building.

The building itself is rather large and its appearance has been referred to as resembling a smashed electric guitar. There are three levels including all types of exhibits, retail, a restaurant, and even a small concert venue.

As goes with most museums, the exhibits change from time to time so multiple visits would not be out of the ordinary. When I visited last November, the primary exhibit was centered around Jimi Hendrix.

Other exhibits included "Nirvana - Taking Punk to the Masses" which consisted of a large amount of Nirvana memorabilia. There was also a Science Fiction exhibit that included tons of photos, set pieces, and other memorabilia from Star Trek, The Matrix, and numerous other movies. Also, exhibited was a tribute to horror movies which included items from Alien, Friday the 13th, and other famous movies of that genre. There was also a large room devoted to the progression of guitars including the actual instruments and notable artists that performed with them. Nearby there is a tower of over 500 guitars than spans multiple levels.

I am a music fan so I spent several hours wandering around. There are many rooms available in which you are encouraged to wail on the guitar, bang on some drums, or hold the mic and belt out some tunes behind closed doors. You could spend hours just doing that. I personally got lost in time watching some of the most creative music videos and hearing the stories behind them and perusing props from the sets of those videos.

Have you been to the Rock n' Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland? Or for that matter, the one in NYC? Imagine that but then add in movie related and interactive exhibits and focus more on the science of how it was made and that sums up EMP.

I think I paid somewhere between $20 - $25 to get in. It was worth it for me. There's also a Seattle City Pass that is available that costs around $70 (I think) that allows you to get into 5 of the larger Seattle attractions including EMP, Space Needle, Aquarium, and Zoo.

I enjoyed the EMP and would definitely see it again.
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