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Featuring mesmerizing exhibits, interactive installations, oral histories, and a wealth of learning opportunities.

Featured Exhibitions

EMP Building

EMP Museum Building

EMP is housed in a 140,000 square foot Frank O. Gehry designed building.

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Programs + Education

School visits, field trips, oral histories, teen artist workshops, and multiple ways to get involved!

Community Access Program

Community Access Program

EMP’s Community Access program enables individuals experiencing financial, physical, or social barriers to visit the museum. The museum serves regional residents by opening its doors to all who might benefit from EMP’s rich educational and cultural resources. more

Sound Off!

Sound Off!

The Northwest’s premier 21 and under battle of the bands supports the all-ages scenes by giving artists an opportunity to showcase original music, launch their music careers, and connect with the larger artistic community. We are excited to announce the 2015 lineup! more

Educational Resources

Educational Resources

Online or on-site, EMP provides teachers with the resources they need. EMP offers a variety of resources for educators including lesson plans, gallery guides, workshops at the museum and in schools, and Professional Development Day. more

Youth Advisory Board

Youth Advisory Board members actively contribute to EMP events and exhibit openings, and influence teen programming at EMP by collaborating with local musicians, artists, and community groups and promoting teen programs such as Sound Off! more

Calendar

Check out the EMP calendar for lectures, music performances, opening exhibit events and more!

  • MARCH EVENTS

    • 7 SATURDAY

      Sound Off! Finals

      8:00pm (doors 7:00pm)

      Saturday, March 7

      Sound Off! Finals features the winning band from each semifinals round plus the wild card winner.…

  • FEBRUARY EVENTS

    • 1 SUNDAY

      Sunday, February 1 - Saturday, February 28

      Join EMP for a month of programming celebrating the many achievements and advancements made by African Americans.…

    • 6 FRIDAY

      Friday, February 6 - Sunday, February 8

      EMP Museum in partnership with SIFF presents the tenth annual Science Fiction + Fantasy Short Film Festival, an annual juried festival showcasing animated and live-action science fiction, fantasy, and horror-tinged short films from around the globe.…

      Friday, February 6

      Watch Snake Plissken infiltrate the maximum security prison that is New York City in this 1981 John Carpenter classic while feasting your ears on minimal-wave experts Roladex as they perform Escape from New York’s iconic score.…

      Friday, February 6

      Revel in the dark, the dangerous, the mysterious, and the taboo with this midnight showing of horror-tinged and macabre shorts.…

    • 7 SATURDAY

      Saturday, February 7

      Celebrate the tenth anniversary of the classic Science Fiction + Fantasy Short Film Festival you’ve come to know and love, and enjoy the artistic and imaginative achievements of this lineup of other-worldly films as they are presented on Cinerama’s massive 70-foot screen.…

      Saturday, February 7

      The Brandkings and EMP Museum present Through the Eyes of Art, the kickoff event for EMP's Black History Month celebration.…

    • 8 SUNDAY

      SFFSFF: Encore

      12:30pm

      Sunday, February 8

      Weren’t able to see all of this year’s films at Cinerama? Join us at the Uptown for a special encore screening of select films!…

      Sunday, February 8

      Over the past decade, the groundbreaking films featured in SFFSFF have challenged us to take on alien perspectives, introduced us to new worlds, and encouraged us to believe there’s no limit to what the imagination can achieve.…

    • 13 FRIDAY

      Friday, February 13

       talks to David Harris, Cultural Entrepreneur at , a collective of social innovators focused on the creation of sustainable, equitable growth through entrepreneurship in the Central District of Seattle.…

      Sound Off! Semifinals #1

      8:00pm (doors 7:00pm)

      Friday, February 13

      Semifinals #1 features Bleachbear, Champagne Babylon, Nightspace, and Super Soaked.…

    • 14 SATURDAY

      Saturday, February 14

      Enjoy an afternoon of captivating choreographed routines with STAR group Northwest Tap Connection, led by guest teaching artist Maxie Jamal, and partake in a discussion on the transformative power of dance in urban communities.…

    • 20 FRIDAY

      Sound Off! Semifinals #2

      8:00pm (doors 7:00pm)

      Friday, February 20

      Semifinals #2 features Charlie and the Rays, Hemlock Lane, Honcho Poncho, and Naked Giants.…

    • 21 SATURDAY

      Saturday, February 21

      One Vibe Africa and EMP Museum presents Black Collaboration, an evening of uplifting conversation about the power of creative partnerships between Africans and African Americans in Seattle.…

      STEAM Power 2015

      8:30am-4:15pm

      Saturday, February 21

      Join EMP Museum, , and the  for a day dedicated to inspiring and supporting educators through STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and math).…

    • 27 FRIDAY

      Sound Off! Semifinals #3

      8:00pm (doors 7:00pm)

      Friday, February 27

      Semifinals #3 features Emma Lee Toyoda, Mystery Machines, One Above Below None, and Righteous Minds.…

  • JANUARY EVENTS

    • 30 FRIDAY

      Friday, January 30

      Calling all Jedi, Padawans, Droids, Sith, bounty hunters, Imperial troops, and scruffy-looking nerfherders for an epic evening of intergalactic activities celebrating the opening of Rebel, Jedi, Princess, Queen: Star Wars™ and the Power of Costume.

      Friday, January 30

      An exclusive opportunity for EMP Council, corporate members, and museum sponsors to be among the first in the world to view the newest exhibit at EMP Museum, .…

    • 31 SATURDAY

      Saturday, January 31

      This morning event will serve as an introduction to the newest exhibition at EMP Museum, Rebel, Jedi, Princess, Queen: Star Wars™ and the Power of Costume, exclusively for educators.…

      Saturday, January 31

      Join EMP for a day of Star Wars™-inspired fun during the world premiere weekend of Rebel, Jedi, Princess, Queen: Star Wars™ and the Power of Costume.…

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Visit

Hours, maps, directions, and everything you need to know about planning your museum visit.

EMP Museum is located at 325 5th Avenue N at Seattle Center.

The museum is easily accessible by car, numerous bus routes, and the historic Seattle Center Monorail, built in 1962 for the Seattle World's Fair. The Monorail departs every 10 minutes from the station at Seattle Center, and from Westlake Center Mall, at 5th and Pine Street.

Detailed Directions to EMP

EMP Location Map

EMP Hours

Summer Hours

May 22, 2015 - September 8, 2015
Daily 10:00am-7:00pm

Winter Hours

September 2, 2014 - May 21, 2015
Daily 10:00am-5:00pm


CityPASS

CityPASS Savings Purchase a CityPASS

Save on admission to five top Seattle attractions including EMP Museum.

Groups

Make a Reservation

Visit with your friends, family, colleagues, school field trip, or any other group of ten or more and receive discounted admission.

Private Events

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A spectacular venue suitable for a wide variety of events from weddings and parties to concerts and corporate meetings.

EMP Stores

EMP Store EMP Stores

Hours

Daily 10:00am–5:30pm
206-262-3013

POP Kitchen + Bar

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Hours

Daily 10:00am–5:00pm
Happy Hour: 5:00pm–7:00pm (Thurs.–Sat.)
206-262-3030

Where to Stay

Hotel Packages

Experience unique package deals and discounts at EMP partner hotels located within walking distance to the museum.

Tickets + Membership

Buy tickets, or better yet, become a member to one of the most unique museums in the world.

Ticket Pricing

TypeWeekday (Mon-Thu)
Regular Price
Weekend (Fri-Sun)
Regular Price
ANYTIME
ONLINE PRICE
Purchase + Options
Adults (18-64) $20 $22 $18 Buy Tix

A ticket to EMP gives you access to original exhibitions, award-winning interactive installations, and musical experiences like no other.

Special Offer! Receive free admission to Living Computer Museum and Flying Heritage Collection with your EMP e-ticket stub.



REBEL, JEDI, PRINCESS, QUEEN: STAR WARS™ AND THE POWER OF COSTUME

TICKETS ON SALE NOW

Buy Presale Tickets

Seniors (65+)
$17
$19
$17
Students (with I.D.)
$17
$19
$17
Military (with I.D.)
$14
$16
$14
Youth (5-17)
$14
$16
$14
Children (4 & under) FREE FREE FREE
Members FREE FREE FREE

Admission is always free with membership.
Become a member today

Tickets are valid for 3 months.

Questions? We're here to help: experience@EMPmuseum.org

Become a member

EMP members enjoy free year-round admission to the museum, in addition to access to exhibition previews and events, special offers and discounts, and lectures and oral histories with luminaries from the world of pop culture. Celebrate cinema, make your own music, discover science fiction, and take pleasure in knowing that your membership bolsters EMP's efforts to educate, inspire, and spark creativity and imagination in young and old alike.

For information about membership at EMP call 206-770-2772 or email Membership@EMPmuseum.org

Starter Memberships

TypePriceBenefitsInfoPurchase + Options
Individual $50
  • Free admission for one adult for one year
  • Two single-use guest passes
  • Discounts at museum shops
Full Benefit Info Join Today!

 


There are a number of different memberships available. Find the one that fits you best!

More Membership Levels

New Benefit: EMP members receive free admission to Living Computer Museum and Flying Heritage Collection!

Dual $65
  • Free admission for two adults for one year
  • Invitations to exhibition previews and events
  • Discounts at museum shops and more
Full Benefit Info
Family $95
  • Free admission for two adults and children
  • Discounts to summer camps and workshops
  • Complimentary iPod audio guide rental
Full Benefit Info

Group Visits

Visit EMP as a group and experience a self-guided tour, special group entry with a designated motor coach drop-off point, and discounted rates on admission and On Stage posters and DVDs.

About EMP

EMP celebrates the creative process, engages the imagination, and inspires personal expression in current and future generations.

Statement of Mission

EMP is a leading-edge, nonprofit museum, dedicated to the ideas and risk-taking that fuel contemporary popular culture. With its roots in rock 'n' roll, EMP serves as a gateway museum, reaching multigenerational audiences through our collections, exhibitions, and educational programs, using interactive technologies to engage and empower our visitors. At EMP, artists, audiences and ideas converge, bringing understanding, interpretation, and scholarship to the popular culture of our time.


The EMP Building

Frank O. Gehry looked to music for his inspiration when designing EMP.

A classical music fan, Gehry wanted to understand rock 'n' roll, so he traded in his Bach for Hendrix and took a trip to the neighborhood guitar store. He bought several electric guitars, took them back to his office, and cut them into pieces. The guitar pieces were the building blocks for an early model design. Influenced by the colors in the early model, Gehry's final design brightly displays the red and blue hues of electric guitars.

Private Events

The museum's one-of-a-kind architecture offers numerous unique sites, from lofty and spacious to cozy and secluded.

Whether your event is a corporate meeting, a concert, an intimate gathering, a film premiere, a seated dinner or an elaborate reception, EMP offers an awe-inspiring setting for your next special occasion.

Questions? Contact PrivateEvents@EMPmuseum.org.

2013 Annual Report

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Press

Assets for Press and Media.

Members of the media can access EMP's press releases, media kit downloads, and high-res images.

Media Kits