Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Seattle's Experience Music Project/EMP Museum

 Breakfast at Endolyne Joe's before our adventure

I've been begging Brian for years to take me to the EMP Museum at the Seattle Center.  It's a great indoor, winter, rainy day adventure.

Last weekend, Brian's oldest bro, Ken came up for his annual Super Bowl in Seattle weekend and it was a great day for an adventure at the EMP (foggy and temps in the low 40's).

On the monorail with brother Ken heading to Seattle Center

Ken is a huge music fan and over the years has seen just about every artist or band that put out an album from the early 60's to present.

Tickets are quite reasonable for the 2+ hours we spent wandering around.  If you buy them on line, you get $5 off each ticket which is a real bargain.

The Experience Music Project (EMP) celebrates the creative process, engages the imagination and inspires personal expression in current and future generations.  It opened its doors in 2000 and is a museum dedicated to the history and exploration of popular music, science fiction and pop culture.

The building was designed by Frank Gehry and is adjacent to the Space Needle and the Seattle Monorail, which runs through the building.

Current exhibits include, "Here My Train a Comin': Hendrix Hits London", "Worn to be Wild: The Black Leather Jacket" and "Nirvana: Taking Punk to the Masses".

The Hendrix exhibit included some of this clothing, fan letters, concert posters and a 30 minute video regarding his experiences in London in 1966.

In addition to those exhibits, museum guests can also enjoy a large scale video wall that hosts a collage of audience picked songs in distinct custom categories.  Guests are invited to step up to one of the two voting stations, type in their selection and see how they rank on the big screen.

 Worn to be Wild Exhibit - Black leather jackets and Harley's!

In the Sound and Vision section, guests can choose from a vast collections of enlightening and inspiring videotaped oral history interviews with key figures from the worlds of film, literature, music and science fiction.

The Guitar Gallery: The Quest for Volume, presents 55 vintage, world changing guitars from the 1770's to present.  Instruments on display span the development of the guitar through the lives of such innovators as Oville Gibson, Leo Fender and Les Paul, and the musicians who played them including, Bo Diddley, Eddie Van Halen, Buddy Holly and Kurt Cobain.

It was a fun afternoon and an incredible exhibit.