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

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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 is accepting applications through November 3. Sound Off! 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. 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

    • 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. This celebration of artistic excellence brings …

      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. Awards ceremony to follow screening. 

      From a horrifying guest with a foot fetish to a nightmarish journey into your nightmares, the full lineup of horro…

    • 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.…

    • 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

      Sound Off! Semifinals #1

      8:00pm (doors 7:00pm)

      Friday, February 13

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

    • 20 FRIDAY

      Sound Off! Semifinals #2

      8:00pm (doors 7:00pm)

      Friday, February 20

      Semifinals #2 features Charlie and the Rays,,, and Naked Giants

    • 21 SATURDAY

      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 #1 features,,, and.…

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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 23, 2014 - September 1, 2014
Daily 10:00am-7:00pm

Winter Hours

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

Special Operating Hours

December 24, 2014 (Christmas Eve), 10:00am–4:00pm
December 25, 2014 (Christmas Day), Closed
December 26–30, 2014, 10:00am–7:00pm


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

Save money. Save time. Buy online (with no fees)!
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.




CityPASS Attractions
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

Audio Guide $5

Free for members

Enhance your museum visit with an audio guide!

EMP  iPod® audio guides contain extensive listening content to supplement your visit to the following EMP galleries: Nirvana: Taking Punk to the Masses, Guitar Gallery, and Hear My Train a Comin': Hendrix Hits London, and jukeboxes that feature the memorable music of many of the artists.

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
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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.

More About Group Visits

Gift Certificates

Looking for the perfect gift for the pop culture fanatic in your life?

EMP gift certificates make pop-powered gifting easy and are available for purchase through December 31, 2014. Every purchase supports EMP's programs and exhibits.

Buy Gift Certificate

Gift certificates can be applied to online and on-site event ticket sales, admissions, and memberships. Cannot be used with any other discounts or offers. No cash value. Special exhibition pricing may apply.

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