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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 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. 2015 winner: One Above Below None. 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

Pop Conference

Registration open now! This year’s EMP Pop Conference, "Get Ur Freak On: Music, Weirdness, and Transgression" offers more than 125 presentations ranging from panels on heavy metal and Lou Reed to a roundtable on hip-hop pioneer Missy Elliott. more

Calendar

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

  • JULY EVENTS

    • 29 WEDNESDAY

      Monday, June 29 - Friday, July 3

      We aim to reach a wider body of students who may feel intimidated by the way STEM disciplines have traditionally been taught by providing inspiring tools to engage your imagination as a teacher and spark connection with your students.…

  • JUNE EVENTS

    • 29 MONDAY

      Monday, June 29 - Friday, July 3

      We aim to reach a wider body of students who may feel intimidated by the way STEM disciplines have traditionally been taught by providing inspiring tools to engage your imagination as a teacher and spark connection with your students.…

  • MAY EVENTS

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  • APRIL EVENTS

    • 1 WEDNESDAY

      EMP Museum Job Fair

      10:00am-2:00pm

      Wednesday, April 1

      If you’re passionate about pop culture, EMP is pretty much geek heaven, and a haven for all kinds of pop culture enthusiasts—plus, it’s a great place to work.…

    • 3 FRIDAY

      Friday, April 3

      Join KEXP and EMP’s Youth Advisory Board as they throw a night fully curated by teens for teen audiences in support of local non-profit organization, TeenTix.…

    • 7 TUESDAY

      Tuesday, April 7

      GameLoading: Rise of the Indies (2015) is a new feature documentary exploring the world of indie game developers—their craft, their games, their dreams, and how they have forever changed the landscape of games culture.…

    • 13 MONDAY

      Power Up! Gaming Days

      Noon-5:00pm

      Monday, April 13 - Wednesday, April 15

      Get pixelated as you dive into the groundbreaking world of contemporary video games. EMP Museum is inviting families and aficionados of all kinds to explore this rapidly-growing industry in all of its imaginative iterations.…

    • 16 THURSDAY

      Pop Conference 2015

      Varies Daily

      Thursday, April 16 - Sunday, April 19

      Held yearly since 2002, the Pop Conference provides a rare opportunity for music fans and scholars to join in a collective discussion on an array of issues in pop music through panels, presentations, and roundtable discussions.…

    • 17 FRIDAY

      Pop Conference Presents TacocaT

      8:30pm (doors 7:30pm)

      Friday, April 17

      EMP Pop Conference and Hardly Art present an evening of subversive Seattle music performed by some of the region’s most oppositional and talented bands.

      Inspired by this year’s Pop Conference theme, “Get Ur Freak On: Music, Weirdness, and Transgression,” this rousing night of music will b…

    • 18 SATURDAY

      Saturday, April 18

      At this performance, Damon & Naomi will present Fortune in both realms at once: as a live soundtrack to Yang's “silent” film.…

    • 22 WEDNESDAY

      City of Music Career Day

      9:00am-3:00pm

      Wednesday, April 22

      City of Music Career Day is a one-day educational program that provides high school juniors, seniors, and college students direct access to music industry professionals through networking, experiential learning, engaging workshops, and performances.…

  • MARCH EVENTS

    • 27 FRIDAY

      Zero Gravity

      7:30pm-11:00pm

      Friday, March 27

      Step aboard as EMP Museum transforms into an epic interstellar vessel, and make first contact with EMP’s newest original exhibit, Infinite Worlds of Science Fiction.…

      Infinite Worlds of Science Fiction Member Previews

      10:00am-5:00pm (Friday), 9:00am-10:00am (Saturday)

      Friday, March 27 - Saturday, March 28

      EMP members are invited to explore this exhibition during private viewing periods—all day Friday and an hour before the museum opens to the public Saturday.…

    • 28 SATURDAY

      Saturday, March 28

      Explore Infinite Worlds of Science Fiction on a guided tour with exhibition curator Brooks Peck, and take part in a professional development workshop, Out of This World: Book and Album Cover Designs, with experienced teaching artist Greg Stump.…

      Campout Cinema: The Fifth Element

      8:00pm (doors 7:00pm)

      Saturday, March 28

      Watch good and evil battle for the future of 23rd century Earth in this visually striking sci-fi epic on EMP’s mammoth 33-foot by 60-foot Sky Church screen.…

      Saturday, March 28 - Sunday, March 29

      Infinite Worlds of Science Fiction’s opening weekend continues with two days of family-friendly activities and fun that’ll blast your inner space explorer to the farthest reaches of the universe!…

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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 7, 2015
Daily 10:00am-7:00pm

Winter Hours

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

Special Operating Hours

March 21–25, 2015, 10:00am–7:00pm
April 11–18, 2015, 10:00am–7:00pm
July 1–July 31, 2015, 10:00am–9:00pm
November 26, 2015 (Thanksgiving Day), CLOSED
November 27–28, 2015, 10:00am–7:00pm
December 24, 2015 (Christmas Eve), 10:00am–4:00pm
December 25, 2015 (Christmas Day), CLOSED
December 26–30, 2015, 10:00am–7:00pm

Open daily 10:00am–5:00pm during "Winter Hours," and 10:00am–7:00pm during "Summer Hours" unless otherwise noted above.


CityPASS

CityPASS 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

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ONLINE PRICEPurchase + Options
Adults (18-64) $24 save $25 save $20 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.



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Seniors (65+)
$21
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Students (with I.D.)
$21
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Military (with I.D.)
$18
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Youth (5-17)
$15
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Children (4 & under) FREE FREE FREE
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Admission is always free with membership.
Become a member today

Tickets are valid for 90 days.

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