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Address: 325 5th Avenue N, Seattle Center, Seattle, WA 98109
Phone Number: 206 770 2700
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Visit a museum like no other on earth. EMP Museum, located next to...

Visit a museum like no other on earth. EMP Museum, located next to Seattle’s historic Space Needle, houses some of the world’s most legendary pop culture artifacts. Test your DJ skills in Sound Lab, take over the spotlight in On Stage, and get the scoop on the world’s most mesmerizing producers of pop culture. Hands-on experiences, iconic artifacts, and award-winning exhibitions featuring luminaries in the fields of music, literature, television, and film make EMP a destination unlike any other.

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Excellent building, diverse exhibits

The Gehry building is beautiful. The location is very accessible to downtown Seattle at the terminus of the monorail near the Space Needle. The guitar history is fascinating and... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

The Gehry building is beautiful. The location is very accessible to downtown Seattle at the terminus of the monorail near the Space Needle. The guitar history is fascinating and well-curated. The current movie Science Fiction exhibit is worthwhile. The other permanent and short term shows worthwhile. We'll go again

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Montreal, Canada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

To those interested in guitars,more modern music and Nirvana this is the perfect place. It was an ok experience for me.

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

A lot of people really enjoyed this and I could see teens having a magnificent time playing all of the musical instruments, but it was not the place for me. I wandered around trying to figure out why I was there. Many people loved the tower of guitars that reached 3 stories, but again, not my thing. I've never liked... More 

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Southfield, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We spent three hours viewing, but especially, listening to the great music here. We were interested in the Jimi Hendrix and Nirvana exhibits which were well done and included many items that were played, smashed, gifted or awarded to them. Our only regret was that we didn't have all day to see everything.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This museum is housed in a large, colorful, unusual building (designed by Frank Gehry!) next to the Space Needle. I wanted to visit thinking it was primarily related to popular music. And there were good exhibits on Nirvana, Hendrix, regional US music scenes, and a guitar museum. However, the museum states it's mission to be focused on broader entertainment and... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This museum is great! to those who love music this is one of the best place to visit. You can try some of the musical instruments. For those who are tech savvy you can visit the technology center that they have.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

When we went, fantasy was closed and Hello Kitty wasn't opened yet. There were science fiction, and horror, which probably would have been more interesting if I was into either. The music exhibit that lets you try out instruments is a pretty cool idea, but if there's a good number of people at the museum you'll never get a chance... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We enjoyed every section of the EMP. Personally liked Nirvana.. While the 8 year old likes pounding on drums and the 18 year olds spent most of their time in the video games! Good time had by all!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Our 12 & 14 year olds said this was a highlight of their trip. They saw original costumes from favorite movies. My kids were most interested in the Dr. Who exhibit. Trek and Star Wars fans will enjoy.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

The EMP has had several interesting exhibits that are pretty small in scope. It has ranged from the works of Jim Henson or Chuck Jones to Hello Kitty, with an extra free based Star Wars costumes exhibit. The entry fees are quite steep, especially when you factor in extras like the now-departed Star Wars. Thankfully the Hello Kitty exhibit is... More 

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