Visiting Seattle: Museum of Pop Culture (MoPOP)

I had been wanting to return to Seattle ever since the Experience Music Project, or EMP, opened in 2000. Over the years, the museum has gone through a few name changes. Today, it is the Museum of Pop Culture, or MoPOP, for short! And I finally got to visit!

If you’re a fan of Jimi Hendrix, Nirvana, Prince, Pearl Jam, science fiction, horror, or fantasy films, video games, and music in general, MoPOP is a must-see when you’re in Seattle.

It’s easy to get to the museum: Take the Seattle Center Monorail from Westlake Center and it will take you directly to the Seattle Center where the famous Space Needle is also located.

Designed by world-renowned American-Canadian architect, Frank Gehry, you can’t miss the beautiful MoPOP structure – it’s massive!

Watch the Monorail go through MoPOP in my 26-second video:

It takes about three hours to see everything at a leisurely pace.

Here are some of my favorites at MoPOP:

“Ceci n’est pas un sweater”

“This is not a sweater” with 70-yard sleeves by Japanese fashion label, Comme des Garçons
“If VI was IX” guitar sculpture

Jimi Hendrix Exhibit: Wild Blue Angel

a print of Jimi Hendrix’s photo at London’s Royal Albert Hall
Photos by Jennifer

Nirvana Exhibit: Taking Punk to the Masses

a form letter that Nirvana used to send to fans
funny captions on photo that would become the cover to Nirvana’s second album, Nevermind

Prince from Minneapolis Exhibit

replica of motorcycle from Purple Rain | photo by Jennifer

Pearl Jam Exhibit: Home and Away

photo by Jennifer

Infinite Worlds of Science Fiction

photo by Jennifer
space suit from the Mork and Mindy show (1980s)

Scared to Death: The Thrill of Horror Film

Fantasy: Worlds of Myth and Magic

Judy Garland’s Dorothy dress from The Wizard of Oz

Indie Game Revolution

photo by Jennifer

In the interactive Sound Lab, you can play drums, keyboard, and guitar. You can record vocals and mix a track, too!

My 2 cents: Although it’s a family-friendly museum, visitors under the age of 16 might get bored. Otherwise, there’s something for everyone to enjoy.

Overall, I found MoPOP informative, entertaining, interactive, and fun!

For more information:

MoPOP – official website

For fun:

🎸Watch Jimi Hendrix perform “Foxey Lady” (Miami Pop 1968)

🎸Watch Nirvana perform “All Apologies” (MTV Unplugged)

🎸Watch Pearl Jam perform “Alive” (BBC)

🎸Watch Prince perform “Purple Rain” ☔️ (NFL Super Bowl XLI Halftime Show)

🎶 (Videos from YouTube | All rights reserved.)

This post is #3 of 6 in my Visiting Seattle series.

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