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”
Jimi Hendrix Exhibit: Wild Blue Angel
Nirvana Exhibit: Taking Punk to the Masses
Prince from Minneapolis Exhibit
Pearl Jam Exhibit: Home and Away
Infinite Worlds of Science Fiction
Scared to Death: The Thrill of Horror Film
Fantasy: Worlds of Myth and Magic
Indie Game Revolution
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
🎸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.