EMP Museum Seattle
EMP is a museum in Seattle focusing on popular culture, from rock and roll to science fiction, from sports to cartoons, video games and more.
Building and site
Created in 2000 by Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen as “Experience Music Project”, the 140,000 square-foot museum is housed in a futuristic building located in Seattle’s Lower Queen Anne neighborhood and designed by acclaimed Canadian-born American architect Frank Gehry.
What to see and do at EMP
The EMP museum features both semi-permanent galleries, and temporary exhibitions.
Currently, there are sections dedicated to Seattle’s celebrated grunge band Nirvana, to a large collection of guitars from 1770 to the present, to music legend Jimi Hendix, to Science Fiction and Fantasy, to Horror films, to video games, and to the Seattle Seahawks football franchise.
The museum also features the Sound Lab and On Stage interactive galleries, dedicated to rock-and-roll, and a large multimedia installation by sound sculptor Trimpin, entitled IF VI WAS IX.
Temporary exhibitions at EMP cover subjects such as Science Fiction, Pop music, cartoons, and virtually all fields related to popular culture.
Additional services and activities
EMP organizes concerts, special events and educational programs; the museum building includes a 800-seat concert hall, two stores, and a restaurant-bar.
Text by Riccardo Bianchini, Inexhibit
Photos: banner , 1, 2, 3 by EMP; cover by jpellgen
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The exhibition Nirvana: Taking Punk to the Masses at EMP Museum portrays both the story of Nirvana and the coeval musical and cultural context in Seattle
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