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Museum of Pop Culture

Dive into the world of music, science fiction, and popular culture at the Museum of Pop Culture at the Seattle Center. MoPOP was founded by Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen in 2000. The museum’s mission is to explore the ideas and risk-taking that fuel contemporary popular culture. Housed in a striking Frank Gehry-designed building, MoPOP is a hub for music lovers, science fiction enthusiasts, and pop culture fans alike. Here’s what you can expect when you visit:

Music Exhibits: MoPOP pays homage to the history and influence of music across various genres. From rock and roll to hip-hop, the exhibits feature memorabilia, instruments, and interactive displays. Don’t miss the Guitar Gallery, where you can see iconic instruments from legendary musicians, and the Sound Lab, where you can try your hand at playing different instruments.

Science Fiction and Fantasy Hall of Fame: This section celebrates the most influential creators and works in the genres of science fiction and fantasy. Discover artifacts, props, and costumes from beloved movies, TV shows, and literature. Fans of Star Trek, Star Wars, and The Lord of the Rings will find themselves immersed in their favorite worlds.

Pop Culture Artifacts: MoPOP’s exhibits extend beyond music and sci-fi to include all facets of pop culture. Explore the world of horror films in the “Scared to Death” exhibit or delve into the impact of video games in the “Indie Game Revolution” exhibit. The museum frequently updates its exhibits, ensuring there’s always something new to explore.

Special Exhibitions and Events: MoPOP hosts a variety of temporary exhibitions and events throughout the year. From comic book art showcases to film screenings and live performances, there’s always something exciting happening at the museum.

Tips for Your Visit

  • Purchase Tickets in Advance: MoPOP can be quite popular, especially on weekends and holidays. Buying tickets online ahead of time can save you from long lines.
  • Explore Nearby Attractions: MoPOP is part of the Seattle Center, which is also home to the Space Needle, Chihuly Garden and Glass, and the Pacific Science Center. Make a day of it and visit multiple attractions.
  • Check the Event Calendar: MoPOP hosts numerous special events, including concerts, film screenings, and panel discussions. Be sure to check their calendar to see if any events align with your visit.
  • Visit the Museum Store: Don’t forget to stop by the museum store to pick up unique souvenirs, from music memorabilia to pop culture merchandise.

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