The Experience Music Project (EMP) is an interactive museum dedicated not only to music, as the name suggests, but to all things pop-culture. If you’re me this makes it a place worth visiting. In fact we are frequent visitors and though our group ranges in age from 7 – 70+ there truly is something for everyone, making this an excellent family activity, especially on a rainy Seattle day. On our most recent visit we sang our hearts out in the Sound Lab, danced in the Sky Church, explored the galaxy, said Hello to Kitty White, experienced the 12th Man exhibit, learned what it takes to become an indie game designer and entered a world of fantasy. Believe it or not, we didn’t even see everything!
Getting to EMP couldn’t be easier, from Downtown just jump on the monorail, the station is located on the 3rd floor of the Westlake Center, and get off at the first stop, which by the way, happens to be the only stop! EMP is situated at the base of the Space Needle and you can’t miss it! In fact your ride on the monorail will take you right through the center of EMP. Pretty neat!
Speaking of the monorail… The monorail was built for the Seattle Worlds Fair in 1962 and according to its website carries approximately 2 millions passengers every year. Considering how far it goes, or rather doesn’t, that’s pretty impressive. Not just a tourist attraction, locals use the monorail during festivals and sporting events all year long.
Judging A Museum By Its Cover
Ever wonder what its like in the recording booth when your favorite singer is recording their latest hit? Have you ever wanted to record your own song? Play the guitar, drums, keyboards, be in a band? Then Sound Lab is the place for you! A permanent exhibit at EMP, Sound Lab has everything you need to fulfill your own personal Rock Star dreams all you need to do it is Bring IT! In case you’re the shy type, don’t worry, the private sound booths will allow you the opportunity to fully let yourself go!
Hello! Exploring the Super Cute World of Hello Kitty
Indie Game Revolution
Fantasy: World of Myth and Magic
Explore costumes, props, scripts and art from popular movies and television shows both past and present. A favorite of mine!
The 12th Man (Seahawks exhibit)
A celebration of both the Seattle Seahawks and their fans! Enjoyable even for a non-football lover like me. Inside the exhibit you’ll have the opportunity to experience what it feels like to be on the playing field during a game as well as other fun interactive activities.
A large event space located inside of EMP, Skychurch’s giant screen plays a selection of music videos throughout the day. The kids really enjoyed seeing their favorite artists larger than life on the big screen and even spent some time dancing while I spent some time in the nearby gift shop!
And That’s Not All…
There is so much to see and do at EMP that even with the better part of a full day spent there we ran out of time. We did spend some time in the Infinite Worlds of Science Fiction exhibit, but missed out on Can’t Look Away the horror exhibit, as well as the Guitar Gallery, the Nirvana exhibit and many others. Lucky for us we know we’ll be back on our next Seattle visit!
EMP Interiors Curves & Steel
*Wondering what the game I mentioned above is all about? Here is the official description:
Lovers in a Dangerous Spacetime: Explore a neon galaxy in your very own battleship in Lovers in a Dangerous Spacetime, a thrilling 1- or 2-player couch co-op adventure. Only through teamwork can you triumph over the evil forces of Anti-Love, rescue kidnapped space-bunnies, and avoid a vacuumy demise. Deep space is a dangerous place, but you don’t have to face it alone!