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EMP Museum

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325 5th Ave. N, Seattle, WA 98109 | (206) 770-2700, United States
EMP Museum in Seattle
Alamy
Features
Quirky/offbeat, Family-friendly

This museum was born as the Experience Music Project, a grand statement by local billionaire and Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen, who wanted a monument to rock and roll. The building, designed by Frank Gehry, is a tumble of multicolored metals and sloping roofs, looking rather like a Christmas ornament that melted into place. Though the sound labs, stage, and many exhibitions are still devoted to music, Allen added a science fiction museum to the complex to make EMP more of a pop-culture center. Regular galleries hold famous costumes and set pieces from fantasy and sci-fi movies, while a multi-story sculpture of guitars hanging from the ceiling is a reminder of its roots.

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