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.
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