Seattle’s EMP Museum was so amazing, I had to create a standalone post for it! EMP stands for Experience Music Project, and it is a nonprofit museum, dedicated to contemporary popular culture. The EMP Museum was founded by Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen in 2000. If you love pop culture, science fiction, and all things media / entertainment related, then definitely make a pit stop here! Not only is the exterior incredible (which was designed by famed architect Frank Gehry), but the exhibits were phenomenal as well! As a seasoned “museum buff”, I was impressed by how well each exhibit was carefully curated.
My absolute favorite exhibit was the Infinite Worlds of Science showcase! Not only did I feel like I was boarding an intergalactic spacecraft, I was in the presence of many amazing props, costumes, and models from the most iconic movies ever! I’m a child of the 80’s, and I utterly adore all the science fiction movies that defined the genre in the 80’s and 90’s. So seeing all of these things up close was a real treat! First up was one of the models from the Terminator movie series! They definitely freaked me out as a child, so seeing one up close was just as creepy! It was a lot taller than I expected, but it definitely had that signature menacing grin that I remembered! On the right side are some of the lightsabers from the original Star Wars trilogy! The top one was Luke Skywalker’s, the middle one was Darth Vader’s, and the bottom one was Darth Maul’s.
If you know me, you’ll know why I had to feature these three photos above! I love the movie Mars Attacks!, simply because it’s a hilarious parody on the classic “alien invasion” movie! Pictured on the left is one of the stop motion models they used in the film! In the middle is the costume that Daryl Hannah wore as Pris in Blade Runner. What I love about this particular costume is that it has a futuristic “Siouxsie Sioux” look to it, with a little punk rock thrown in! And on the right are two costumes by one of my all time favorite movies, The Fifth Element! One of them was worn by Bruce Willis’ character, Korben Dallas, and the other one was worn by Milla Jovovich’s character, Leeloo. All the costumes in the film were designed by the irreverent and innovative French couturier, Jean-Paul Gaultier. Who, by the way, was (and still is!) one of my favorite designers from the 90’s!
To complete this particular exhibit, they had these infinity mirror and light displays in a couple areas of the show! So naturally I had to take a few pics of them! The lights were super trippy but absolutely selfie worthy!
When you first enter the museum, you are greeted by this incredible floor to ceiling musical instrument sculpture! And it plays music! I couldn’t quite gather the melody, but you can see bits and pieces of the various instruments moving on their own. The sculpture was in between two major shows centered around iconic musical acts, such as Nirvana: Taking Punk to the Masses, and Wild Blue Angel: Jimi Hendrix Abroad. It was amazing to see memorabilia, instruments, and costumes worn by such talented people!
The last exhibit I checked out was Can’t Look Away: The Lure of Horror Film. I can be a real scaredy cat when it comes to horror films, but after seeing all the other shows, I decided to brave through it so I wouldn’t miss out! And of course, it totally delivered! I got to see a life size model of one of the aliens from the original Alien movie, which embodied true sci-fi terror all by itself! There were many other pieces showcased, but since I’m not a horror movie buff, I had no clue what most of it was. To lighten the mood of the show, they included an interactive exhibit where you can be your own alien! I had to stand in front of a light projector, and as I moved, it would animate my silhouette into a silly monster creature! Pictured is what I would be if I were some kind of monster, LOL!
If you’re ever in Seattle, I would definitely check this place out! All I know is that I am absolutely going back again next time! To know more about Frank Gehry and see his body of artwork and architecture, please visit https://www.artsy.net/artist/frank-gehry.