EMP Museum | Music, Movies and Much More
Seattle is rich with music. Jimi Hendrix, Pearl Jam, Nirvana and many other great bands called the Emerald City home. That’s why it shouldn’t come as any surprise that Seattle has a museum dedicated to music. EMP Museum (EMP stands for Experience Music Project) allows you to get up-close and personal with music history, jam out on instruments (even if you have no previous experience) and see one-of-a-kind memorabilia from movies and television.
Living in Seattle, I’ve seen EMP Museum from the outside a million times. It’s hard to miss. EMP Museum is a crazy building, designed to look like a smashed guitar. To achieve that feat, the architect used 3,000 panels, made up of 21,000 individually cut, shaped and painted steel and aluminum shingles. EMP Museum describes the structure as a “fusion of textures and myriad colors, EMP’s exterior conveys all the energy and fluidity of music.”
The inside of EMP Museum is just as exciting as the outside. When we visited a few months ago, there were music exhibits showcasing Jimi Hendrix (Hear My Train a Comin’: Hendrix Hits London), Nirvana (Nirvana: Taking Punk to the Masses) and the guitar (Guitar Gallery: The Quest for Volume). Just like any other museum, you can’t touch anything in those exhibits, but EMP Museum does allow you to be hands-on in other areas. You can play different instruments inside the Sound Lab (click here to watch Tove jam on the keyboard) and you can also rock out with your family and friends On Stage. EMP Museum is truly a music lovers’ paradise.
Like I mentioned, EMP Museum goes beyond music as well. When Tove and I visited, there were exhibits dedicated to the history of the leather jacket, science fiction and horror films. We saw Elvis’ motorcycle, Jason’s mask from Friday the 13th, Darth Vader’s lightsaber from The Empire Strikes Back and many other cool pieces. You can even share your best horror film face inside the Scream Booth, which is a photo booth that takes your picture while you’re screaming and then displays it for everyone in the exhibit to see.
Tickets for EMP Museum aren’t exactly cheap. Adults get in for $20, while seniors and students pay $17, and military and youth (5-17 years old) cost $14. Children 4-and-under are free. You can actually save anywhere from $2 to $5 on admission by purchasing your EMP Museum tickets online. If you plan on seeing other top Seattle attractions, we highly recommend the Seattle CityPASS. You can save 43% on six major Seattle attractions, including EMP Museum and the Space Needle.
Tove and I really enjoyed EMP Museum. It’s fun to jam out in the Sound Lab and it’s really cool to see music and cinematic history. We’ll definitely go back when new exhibit rolls through town. We’re fortunate because we can visit the museum whenever we want, but if you’re only in the Emerald City for a limited time, we think you should make EMP Museum one of your priorities.
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