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At The Museum

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

Current 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 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!

  • NOVEMBER EVENTS

    • 1 SATURDAY

      Hip-Hop History Month Screening: Breakin’

      1:00pm-4:00pm (doors at 12:30pm)

      Saturday, November 1

      Commemorate the 30th anniversary of the classic film Breakin’ at this screening with cast member Boogaloo Shrimp in attendance!…

    • 2 SUNDAY

      Sunday, November 2

      Earshot Jazz presents Industrial Revelation, nominee for The Stranger’s 2014 Genius Awards, and a soaring amalgam of jazz, hip-hop, indie rock, punk, and soul.…

    • 7 FRIDAY

      Friday, November 7

      EMP has teamed up with the indie video game showcase collective  to curate a gaming party that’s part indie arcade, part sound and visual extravaganza.…

    • 8 SATURDAY

      Saturday, November 8

      This three-hour morning event will serve as an introduction to the exhibition, and offer innovative ways to invigorate your teaching with aspects of game design.…

    • 20 THURSDAY

      Homeschool Day: Filmmaking and Music Videos

      Noon-4:00pm (doors at 11:45am)

      Thursday, November 20

      Ever wonder what it takes to make a movie? Join EMP in November for a homeschool workshop themed around filmmaking and music videos!…

  • OCTOBER EVENTS

    • 1 WEDNESDAY

      Wednesday, October 1 - Friday, October 31

      Join EMP for a month of spine-chilling events at the museum including twisted drink specials, horror video blocks on EMP’s Sky Church screen, spooky scavenger hunts, and gruesome social media challenges.…

    • 23 THURSDAY

      Thursday, October 23

      If you slept with the light on for most of the 90s, Are You Afraid of the Dark is probably to blame! This was the real-deal in kids dealing with everything from supernatural monkey paws to devious urban legends and beyond.…

    • 24 FRIDAY

      Blue Fridays at POP Kitchen + Bar

      10:00am-5:00pm (Fridays)

      Friday, October 24

      EMP is getting swept up in Seahawks fever! Join us in celebrating our hometown heroes with our Blue Fridays at .…

      Buffy Trivia Party!

      5:30pm-8:00pm

      Friday, October 24

      EMP’s Lounge transforms into The Bronze for one night only!…

    • 25 SATURDAY

      Saturday, October 25

      Skills for 21st Century Educators series continues! Learn what’s new at EMP as our visionary curators highlight upcoming programs, test out your music skills at EMP’s Sound Lab, and tour the museum’s exciting new exhibits.…

    • 26 SUNDAY

      Sunday, October 26

      KEXP KIDS and EMP Museum present their 2014 Halloween Kids Dance Party, hosted by John Richards!…

    • 29 WEDNESDAY

      Wednesday, October 29

      Earshot Jazz presents New York first-call bassist Eric Revis heading a riveting quartet featuring two of the most spirited and innovative saxophonists in jazz today, Darius Jones and Bill McHenry.…

    • 30 THURSDAY

      Thursday, October 30

      Join us for EMP’s popular second annual KINGO party! Celebrate this acclaimed horror author with chilling drink specials, horror-themed trivia, and supernatural Bingo inspired by the man that proved there really are some things that go bump in the night…

      Campout Cinema: The Shining

      8:00pm (doors 7:30pm)

      Thursday, October 30

      Widely regarded as one of the greatest films of the genre and a staple of pop culture, Stanley Kubrick’s masterpiece, The Shining, brings the horroscape of the Overlook Hotel to EMP’s goliath 33-foot by 60-foot Sky Church screen.…

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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

November 27, 2014 (Thanksgiving Day), Closed
November 28, 2014, 10:00am–7:00pm
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) $22 $23 $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+) $19
$20
$18
Students (with I.D.) $19
$20 
$18
Military (with I.D.)
$16
$17
$16
Youth (5-17)
$16
$17
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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
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