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“A Must-See for Rock Fans and Comicon Nerds”

Museum of Pop Culture
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Seattle CityPASS
Ranked #49 of 470 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 April 6, 2014

This is a very cool museum. It was my second time here. They have made quite a few nice updates since my last visit. There is an amazing guitar collection, and lots of Hendrix/Nirvana memorabilia for the rock fans. Also an interactive music area on the third floor where you can record. And now they have separate areas for fantasy, horror and sci-fi for the nerds. I am a rock fan and a nerd both, so I was in...Nirvana!

In the horror area they have a shadow creator that is a lot of fun. It allows you to cast bizarre shadows so that you appear to be a scary creature. And they have a scream chamber where you can record your loudest scream...and the expression on your face while screaming.

There are many items that were used in the filming of various series and movies going back for many years. I especially liked the Star Trek phasers.

It's right by the Space Needle and can easily be covered in 3-4 hours (depending on crowds and whether certain activities are open). It looks like they are working on a new area for music videos which should be really cool.

TIP: Get there right when it opens and go straight up to the third floor. That area gets overrun later, especially if they have school tours (which they often do), making it impossible to use the exhibits.

We stayed at the Maxwell Hotel, which was an easy walk to the EMP, so can't comment on parking. You can check your coat/umbrella up front.

Thank MarshalltownMan
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Reviewed April 5, 2014 via mobile

Great videos, music, old guitars, our favorite was upstairs doing the live band that is tecorded. Buy a photo or dvd.super fun

Thank Brandy S
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Reviewed April 5, 2014 via mobile

Before we go,we were so excited since all the reviews here were excellent. But actually we were kinda disappointed. If you only bought the ticket of EMP museum , there were some places you couldn't enter, they said we needed to buy another ticket...:( The exhibitions about horror movies' characters and the part of playing instruments were something kinda interesting to me, but I am not a big music or horror movie fan, If you are, it might be attractive to you..BTW, I like the world's top 10 building models exhibition....

Thank Ruby S
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Reviewed April 5, 2014

Wow - what a pleasant surprise this museum was. We really enjoyed our visit. A good experience for children and adults. Try not to miss it if visiting Seattle.

Thank Hermitage123
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Reviewed April 4, 2014

Really wasn't sure what to expect when visiting but must say that it was more than I had hoped for. Paul Allen has found a place to display his collections of rock and roll, horror movie and sci-fi memorabilia all within a very special buidling. The rock exhibits appear to highlight musicians from the PNW (Nirvana and Hendrix on show during the visit) with guitars, clothing, letters, etc that were nicely displayed and provided written and video comentary throughout. Upstairs, visitors can try their hand at jamming with guitars, keyboards and drums. There are booths wherein you can record your own hit while in another booth you learn how to mix all of the sounds into a nice recording. There is a GIANT screen theater that constantly plays videos (M. Jackson's "Thriller" for example) and concert footage, non-stop. Downstairs was a pretty impressive collection of scary movies props and costumes as well as some really fine sci-fi props nearby. The gift shops feature a wide selection of themed gifts and tee shirts. I didn't try the on-site cafe but did visit the "Collections Cafe" nearby - recommended.

Thank Terry T
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