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Museum of Pop Culture
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Ranked #49 of 468 things to do in Seattle
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: Visit a museum like no other on earth.MoPOP, 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, 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 MoPOP a destination unlike any other.
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Reviewed September 27, 2011

Spent about 2 hours here, immersing ourselves in all things music and sci-fi. The Nirvana exhibit was incredible and to see all of the bands personal items up close was really cool. The Jimi Hendrix exhibit was very educational and it was great to see all his guitars, pedals and his favorite jacket.
Go and soak it in, it is a once in a lifetime experience. The building is incredible too!

Thank Chels74
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Reviewed September 25, 2011

It's part of the "Seattle Pass" booklet & it is next door to the Space Needle so we checked it out. I suppose we would have liked it better if we were big Nervana or Avatar fans since those were the exhibits.

Amazing architecture though!

Thank xJEFFROx
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Reviewed September 24, 2011

Just walking around this building is a treat, as it has some of the most unique architecture I saw in Seattle. This was one of my highlights from the trip. Currently, the Nirvana exhibit is worth the price of admission alone. It walks through the history of the band and then does an extremely good job of paralleling the band’s experiences with the Seattle music scene and the birth of “grunge” music. Some fascinating stories and videos, and there is a ton of personal stuff from the band’s history.
Great Jimi Hendrix room that allows you to play with the mixing strategies he used in his music and walks through his progression as an artist. I had ton of fun turning up and down the various components of his songs to see how truly dynamic they are. Further exhibits on Avatar and Battle Star Galactica, while not really our thing, were quite interesting to walk through. Everything in the museum is interactive, so you can play on computers, listen to headphones, and even go to the top floor which is a professional version of Rock Band. You can learn to play instruments and even go into a studio for your own recording session. I personally have no musical talent, but had a lot of fun jamming out on a keyboard while my wife tested her skills on the drums.
We went late morning during the week, and the crowds were minimal, which was nice. Overall, there is a great mix of things to see, and most of it is highly interactive. Probably more adult oriented than other attractions in Seattle, but still plenty to do for all ages.

Thank MA_Fuchs
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Reviewed September 24, 2011

It's been a few years since I've been at EMP...it keeps getting better. Not enough time to see everything. the Nirvana special exhibit was excellent (take the free tour), and the Hendrix exhibit and history of the electric guitar displays were great. The towering, tornadoish "Roots & Branches" sculpture is eye-popping. Chk out the Sky Church hi-def sound-and-light show. Take a photo of yourself reflected in Frank Gehry's swoopy exterior. I taped a 2-minute remembrance of Nirvana which I saw replayed later in the video center. the video library and even the gift shop are great resources.

Thank cdub333
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Reviewed September 23, 2011

This is one of the best attractions in Seattle. The exhibits are fantastic - nothing cheesy here. I could have spent the whole day learning to play the guitar, drums and piano after grooving on Nirvana and other Seattle bands. The Geary designed building is gorgeous, and the Avatar exhibit was nothing short of fantastic. Loved, loved, loved it!

Thank RosieNC
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