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Reviewed September 9, 2016

As the name implies, the aim of the EMP (Experience Music Project) Museum means that, to every extent possible, you’ll want to experience the exhibits, rather than just looking at them. Want to pop into a soundproof booth to play a few of your own riffs on guitar, drums or keyboards? Got it. You can even cut a recording of your best licks.

Listen to interviews with Jimi Hendrix and hear some of his unpublished “practice sessions"? Right there in a hall that is said to be the largest exhibit of Hendrix memorabilia worldwide.

And in the section on Science Fiction, Horror and Fantasy, you can feast your eyes on the costumes and props made for some of the greatest horror movies ever. Flick on a three- or four-minute video that shows you just where that face-sucking pulsating glob of slime figures in the movie.

Guitar aficionados will get a charge out of the History of Guitars display. Showcasing more than 100 guitars, from the earliest ones built in the US in the mid-1800s up to the present time. You can finally say you’ve seen the guitars that both Eric Clapton and Duane Allman used when doing their dualing riff in Layla.

Perhaps the most exciting part of the museum is the Star Trek exhibit, which is here for a limited run only until the end of 2016. It’s a dream for all Trekkies. Besides the sets and props from the original series, plus an assortment of memorabilia from all the other Star Trek spin-offs, you can watch video clips of old episodes. Other videos included commentaries from thinkers, dreamers, scientists and sci-fi writers, actors and Hollywood personalities discussing the impact Star Trek had on their lives, and even on real-world advances in technology.

This is a fabulous museum, however, it’s not for the faint of heart, or those who are weak in the knees, or hips. Or the directionally challenged. There are many, many stairs and only a few very hard-to-find elevators. And the multiple levels and mezzanines seem to have been mapped by M.C. Escher.

None the less, this was definitely a high point in my recent trip to Seattle and easily worth the $25 admission, plus the added $5 for the Star Trek exhibit.

Date of experience: September 2016
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Reviewed September 9, 2016 via mobile

EMP museum is like if you gave a teenager millions of dollars to buy music, movie, and TV memorabilia. My husband loved it and I enjoyed it as well. Easy to go through with a stroller, wheelchair or walker. Great for a rainy Seattle day (as it's an indoor museum). At the time we went the Star Trek exhibit was on display and anyone who ever enjoyed Star Trek would love it. They have some prodigal Star Wars gear /costumes as well. Nice section on Nirvana. Great video show of Jimi Hendrix was playing in the afternoon. Definitely give yourself a few hours to enjoy! Food and cocktails at their bar are a little pricey, but good quality. Service at the bar was fabulous (I think her name was Emily).

Date of experience: September 2016
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Reviewed September 8, 2016

This was amazing and each exhibit was carefully documented. All exhibits are original - Liked the Star Trek exhibit

Date of experience: September 2016
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Reviewed September 8, 2016

Rooms where you can jam, instruments you can learn to riff on. A room where your group can do a video cover of a song and make a poster. Other interesting exhibits both music and not (there were indie games, star wars, etc). Seahawks exhibit where you can play QB for the opposing team and see how hard it is to yell over the crowd! Great museum for the family.

Date of experience: September 2016
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Reviewed September 8, 2016

Fun activity during a rainy day. The exhibits were both interesting and fun. Very interactive. The staff was very nice, and the layout was easy to follow.

Date of experience: June 2016
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