The EMP Museum (formerly Experience Music Project and Science Fiction Museum and Hall of Fame) was founded by Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen in 2000. The non-profit museum is dedicated to contemporary pop culture and includes a variety of ever-changing exhibits. Current exhibits include Spectacle: The Music Video, Fantasy: Worlds of Myth and Magic, Hear My Train a Comin’: Hendrix Hits London, Icons of Science Fiction, Can’t Look Away: The Lure of Horror Film, and Nirvana: Taking Punk To The Masses. The museum also houses a sound lab where visitors can try their hand at an assortment of instruments, and a stage where guests have the opportunity to film their own music video. Visiting the EMP Museum was an especially fun and enlightening experience and I would highly recommend it to anyone staying in Seattle, even if your visit is short.
The museum often hosts events, so be sure to check their calendar before planning your trip: EMP Museum
*Note – I recommend taking the monorail from the Westlake Center in downtown Seattle to the museum. It’s a short ride and only costs $2.50, and was particularly interesting considering that the monorail was built along with the Space Needle for the 1962 World Fair.