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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 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

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!

  • SEPTEMBER EVENTS

    • 19 SATURDAY

      Seattle Mini Maker Faire

      10:00am-7:00pm

      Saturday, September 19 - Sunday, September 20

      Join EMP for the 2nd annual Seattle Mini Maker Faire on September 19-20, 2015, to be held at EMP Museum and the Next 50 Plaza of Seattle Center.…

  • AUGUST EVENTS

    • 3 MONDAY

      Monday, August 3 - Friday, August 7

      Combining music, acting, and storytelling adds up to one great way to express yourself.…

      Advanced Rock Band

      10:00am-4:00pm

      Monday, August 3 - Friday, August 14

      Take your playing to the next level. Learn to write songs, promote your band, and get gigs—everything you’ll need to know about the music biz!…

    • 10 MONDAY

      Monday, August 10 - Friday, August 14

      Discover the science behind sound in this amped up week!…

    • 17 MONDAY

      Monday, August 17 - Friday, August 21

      Rain City Rock Camp for Girls AMP at EMP is an advanced music program for female-identified teens ages 14-19 with prior music experience.…

  • JULY EVENTS

    • 6 MONDAY

      Monday, July 6 - Friday, July 10

      Discover the science behind sound in this amped up week!…

      Monday, July 6 - Friday, July 17

      Scribes is an intensive two-week creative writing program for teens. You’ll acquire a tool kit of literary forms, pick up exercises and techniques to develop your writer’s voice, get serious feedback from your instructors and peers, and tour the city with a writer’s eye. This camp is specifically…

    • 13 MONDAY

      Rock-Prov

      8:45am-4:00pm

      Monday, July 13 - Friday, July 17

      A backstage pass to the worlds of theatre and music.…

    • 22 WEDNESDAY

      Video Game Programming

      10:00am-4:00pm

      Monday, June 22 - Friday, July 3

      This two-week long introductory workshop puts you in the driver’s seat of game development.…

    • 27 MONDAY

      Monday, July 27 - Friday, July 31

      Combining music, acting, and storytelling adds up to one great way to express yourself.…

    • 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

    • 7 SUNDAY

      Sunday, June 7

      Join us for an informal salon where we’ll view several TED talk videos and have an interactive conversation with special guests and audience members.…

    • 13 SATURDAY

      Saturday, June 13

      “Toon” in for fun as EMP Museum gets animated for the opening day of our newest exhibit, What’s Up, Doc? The Animation Art of Chuck Jones.…

    • 18 THURSDAY

      Thursday, June 18

      The Bushwick Book Club Seattle presents original musical performances inspired by Isaac Asimov’s Foundation series.…

    • 20 SATURDAY

      Saturday, June 20

      De La Soul and Brothers From Another perform as part of the Influencers Concert Series at EMP.…

    • 21 SUNDAY

      Sunday, June 21

      KEXP KIDS and EMP Museum present the Father's Day Kids Dance Party on Sunday, June 21. This all-ages event features break dancing by Vicious Puppies Crew (V.P.C.), crafts and activities (including pizza dough throwing), and family dance time with KEXP DJs Riz and Darek Mazzone.

    • 22 MONDAY

      Video Game Programming

      10:00am-4:00pm

      Monday, June 22 - Friday, July 3

      This two-week long introductory workshop puts you in the driver’s seat of game development.…

      Music Therapy Camp

      8:30am-3:50pm

      Monday, June 22 - Friday, June 26

      Seattle Pacific University in partnership with EMP Museum present summer 2015 Music Therapy Camps for children ages 6-14 on the autism spectrum, or with related developmental disabilities.…

    • 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

    • 23 SATURDAY

      Saturday, May 23 - Sunday, May 24

      EMP is proud to be a venue for the 2015 Northwest Folklife Festival.…

      Saturday, May 23

      EMP is proud to be a venue for the 2015 Northwest Folklife Festival.…

    • 24 SUNDAY

      Sunday, May 24

      EMP is proud to be a venue for the 2015 Northwest Folklife Festival.…

    • 31 SUNDAY

      Madaraka Festival

      8:00pm-10:30pm (doors 7:30pm)

      Sunday, May 31

      One Vibe Africa and EMP Museum present the 2nd Annual Madaraka Festival, a night of music and purpose. Madaraka Festival is a creative collaboration among Seattle artists in support of One Vibe Africa’s Music and Art Program, based in Kisumu, Kenya.…

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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

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–7:00pm
206-262-3013

POP Kitchen + Bar

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Hours

Daily 10:00am–7:00pm
Happy Hour: 5:00pm–7:00pm
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.

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Membership

 

 

Tickets are valid for 90 days.

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


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

 

 

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 $59
  • 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 $79
  • Free admission for two adults for one year
  • Invitations to exhibition previews and events
  • Discounts at museum shops and more
Full Benefit Info
Family $119
  • 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