Experience Music Project & Science Fiction Museum



2015-06-26 10:57:03

Experience Music Project & Science Fiction Museum (sometimes called “EMP”) is a combined educational and entertainment facility located in Seattle Centre, United States.

The combined Project and Museum’s exhibitions are devoted to music history and science fiction history. It operates under the slogan “Rock On! Live Long!”

It was founded by Microsoft magnate Paul Allen. The building is noted for its eccentric design by Canadian architect Frank Gehry.



Science Fiction Museum exhibitions

Situated in the building’s second floor, the museum include travelling exhibits, static items, famous film props, worn costumes from science fiction television shows and films, and some literature.

According to visitor reviews, the facility’s science fiction content is evident upon entering the building. Visitors are greeted by a hovering science fiction movie prop vehicle hovering above the counter.

The museum has hosted various temporary exhibitions, including a temporary exhibition devoted to the science fiction television series Battlestar Galactica between October 2010 to 2011.

Experience Music Project exhibitions

History of music

The EMP’s music history exhibitions focus predominantly on 20th century music from the museum’s local area of Seattle, including its famous musicians and unique developments.

Bands from Seattle’s famous Grunge scene are featured, among them the Kurt Cobain fronted band Nirvana, Pearl Jam and other notable local acts. Other featured Pacific Northwest artists including Bing Crosby.

A room is dedicated in tribute to Seattle musician Jimi Hendrix.


On the museum’s second floor is a hall of guitars, including details on the history of the instrument illustrated with dozens of rare and historic examples, and example of the early experiments which lead to today’s electric guitars.

Church of Music

This is a large screen concert hall where various musicians’ performances are projected on a screen and in surround sound.


Admission to the museum is generally $15. There are also various discount entrance fee options at a number of attractions.

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