Our trip to Seattle: (Part 2 ) THE EMP MUSEUM
The EMP Museum (formerly known as Experience Music Project and Science Fiction Museum and Hall of Fame or EMP|SFM) is a museum dedicated to the history and exploration of popular music, science fiction and pop culture located in Seattle, Washington. The Frank Gehry-designed museum building is located on the campus of the Seattle Center, adjacent to the Space Needle and the Seattle Center Monorail, which runs through the building.
The EMP Museum was founded by Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen, and opened its doors in 2000. EMP struggled financially in its early years; as a result, Allen established the Science Fiction Museum and Hall of Fame (SFM), which opened in 2004 in the south wing of the EMP building. When SFM opened, EMP and SFM were treated as separate museums, and visitors had the option of purchasing admission to one museum, or, at a higher cost, a combined admission to both. In 2007, after mounting criticism, EMP|SFM ended the separate admissions policy and began charging a single admission price for entrance to both the EMP and SFM wings. Although the Science Fiction Museum as a permanent collection was de-installed in March 2011, a new exhibit named “Icons of Science Fiction” is scheduled to open in June 2012.
Three of our group entered the EMP, which is near the Space Needle.
We had a choice of buying a multi – pass for admission to about (6) nearby museums exhibits aka the area has various exhibit buildings in the vicinity.
We chose to pay for the EMP, which itself has several different exhibits attached.
The main anchor to the building is the Rock Music exhibit and memorabilia. The funky Frank Gehry designed shape subliminally prepares you for quite an eye candy adventure. There are galleries and displays , with interactive sections(……..what else would you expect, much of the funding for the EMP was from Multi Billionaire Microsoft Co Founder Paul Allen).
For public consumption are various exhibits and memorabilia, specifically from Jimi Hendrix, AC/DC, and Kurt Cobain.
In my age group, I found Jimi Hendrix most fascinating. He was a Seattle native, but also had Vancouver BC connections. His life was respectfully dissected….where he was born..his stint in the Army….how he started out..the groups he played with, and his group The Jimi Hendrix Experience. On display are a psychedelic outfit he wore, pieces of his smashed guitar …..actual diaries with lyrics we was writing….etc. etc.
AC/DC exhibit had various costumes used by group members, signed photos etc.
All the exhibits have videos of various concert performaces of the aforementioned groups , when we were there, there was a HUGE Movie screen showing a Kurt Cobain concert….one could sit down for hours at the EMP watching various concerts.
Cost ? $18 for adult..less for youth and students(ie $14)…….BUT also allows one into (2) other exhibits which I will discuss later.
If you like Rock and Roll….well worth the admission..also check out the 700 guitar sculpture?! (photo above).