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

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Programs + Education

EMP seeks to inspire all of our audiences by providing unique and engaging resources and experiences.

Pop culture is an ongoing celebration of all of us. Through music, film, fashion, video games, or whatever sparks our interest, we identify and express ourselves through various forms of pop culture. It’s a platform that allows us to build communities; discover new artistic outlets; and gives us a means to thrive.

EMP offers a multitude of community and educational programs for audiences of all ages and pop culture interests. From the region’s premier youth band competition and the acclaimed Science Fiction + Fantasy Short Film Festival, to arts camps, mentorship programs, teacher development, and Seattle Mini Maker Faire which brings together our vibrant community of innovators—EMP is a place for discovery, inspiration, and learning.

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

Camps + Workshops

Camps + Workshops

Teen Artist Workshops and Creativity Camps for Kids provide hands-on, expert-led instruction with summer camps including songwriting, sound design for video games, creative writing, science of sound, and more. Registration open now. 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!

  • DECEMBER EVENTS

    • 1 THURSDAY

      Campout Cinema: Die Hard

      8:00pm (doors 7:30pm)

      Thursday, December 1

      It’s up to John McClane to save this office holiday party gone wrong in the Campout Cinema screening of Die Hard (1988).

    • 4 SUNDAY

      Doctor Wholidays

      6:30pm-11:00pm

      Sunday, December 4

      Get a head start planning your trip across space and time at Doctor Wholidays!

      We're announcing Christmas in July, and putting tickets on sale early as a special save the date for our annual December celebration of BBC's iconic series, Doctor Who! We want to make sure the many Whovian…

  • NOVEMBER EVENTS

    • 4 FRIDAY

      Friday, November 4

      Scott Pilgrim must defeat his new girlfriend’s seven evil exes in this Campout Cinema screening of Scott Pilgrim vs. the World (2010).

    • 17 THURSDAY

      Thursday, November 17

      Esteemed teaching artist Ali el Gasseir will lead a workshop created especially for homeschool students focused on our special exhibit, Star Trek: Exploring New Worlds.

    • 18 FRIDAY

      Friday, November 18

      Wanda Jackson & The Dusty 45s are joined by Evening Bell to perform as part of the Influencers Concert Series at EMP.

      By bringing together up-and-coming artists with the established acts that inspired them, the Influencers Concert Series celebrates how the greatest forms of creativity ar…

    • 19 SATURDAY

      Saturday, November 19

      A troubled kid summons the courage to help a friendly alien escape Earth in this Campout Cinema screening of E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982).

      Campout Cinema: Jurassic Park

      9:30pm (doors 9:00pm)

      Saturday, November 19

      It’s pre-historic mayhem when a tropical storm hits a dinosaur-filled amusement park in this Campout Cinema screening of Jurassic Park (1993).

  • OCTOBER EVENTS

    • 1 SATURDAY

      Saturday, October 1 - Monday, October 31

      Join EMP for a month of spine-chilling events, ghostly food and drink specials, and horrifying fun at the museum. All month adults in costume receive $5 off museum admission on weekends and kids 12 and under get in free on October 30.

      Haunted Happy Hours

      Enjoy frightful drink special…

    • 8 SATURDAY

      Saturday, October 8

      Escape from the Upside Down dimension, hop on your bike, and follow Eleven’s tracks to EMP for our Stranger Things­-inspired Haunted Happy Hour.

      It’s your turn to try and defeat the dreaded, multi-headed demogorgon through Dungeons & Dragons tabletop gameplay! Plus, enjoy drink sp…

      Campout Cinema: The Thing

      8:00pm (doors 7:00pm)

      Saturday, October 8

      In John Carpenter’s take of the 1950s classic, The Thing (1982), a group of research scientists in remote Antarctica must battle against a vicious alien creature before it picks them off one by one.

    • 13 THURSDAY

      Thursday, October 13

      Three witch sisters return to Salem on Halloween night to exact their revenge in this Campout Cinema screening of Hocus Pocus (1993).

    • 15 SATURDAY

      Saturday, October 15

      Join us at EMP for this spooky '90s homage featuring phat jams, drink specials, clips from super fly movies, giveaways, trivia hosted by MovieCat, and more!

      For even more '90s fun, stick around after the happy hour for Campout Cinema: Hocus Pocus (21+).

      Campout Cinema: Hocus Pocus

      8:00pm (doors 7:00pm)

      Saturday, October 15

      Three witch sisters return to Salem on Halloween night to exact their revenge in this Campout Cinema screening of Hocus Pocus (1993).

    • 16 SUNDAY

      Sunday, October 16

      Three witch sisters return to Salem on Halloween night to exact their revenge in this Campout Cinema screening of Hocus Pocus (1993).

    • 22 SATURDAY

      Saturday, October 22

      Dive into EMP Museum for a night of ghastly amusement and hair-raising fun at our annual Fashionably Undead Prom.

    • 28 FRIDAY

      Friday, October 28

      Join EMP for this unique, interactive movie-watching experience which combines live comedy, B-movie clichés, and a high-stakes bingo competition.

      Campout Cinema: Carrie

      8:00pm (doors 7:00pm)

      Friday, October 28

      Relive the most memorable prom scene in history at this Campout Cinema screening of Carrie (1976).

      Based on Stephen K…

    • 29 SATURDAY

      Saturday, October 29

      This fall, our Professional Development Day will feature four hands-on, arts-rich, skill-based workshops designed especially for educators that address a broad spectrum of student (and teacher) learning styles and dive deep into media arts and technology.

      Elementary and MS/HS learning …

    • 30 SUNDAY

      Howl-O-Ween

      11:00am-2:00pm

      Sunday, October 30

      Round up your super heroes, fairies, and tiny goblins for this family-friendly trick-or-treating extravaganza at the museum.

      Produced by EMP's Youth Advisory Board, this s…

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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 Hours

Summer Hours

May 27, 2016 - September 5, 2016
Daily 10:00am-7:00pm

Winter Hours

September 6, 2016 - May 25, 2017
Daily 10:00am-5:00pm

Special Operating Hours

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

November 24, 2016 (Thanksgiving Day): CLOSED
November 25–26, 2016: 10:00am–7:00pm
December 24, 2016 (Christmas Eve): 10:00am–4:00pm
December 25, 2016 (Christmas Day): CLOSED
December 26–30, 2016: 10:00am–7:00pm


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

Inquire About Private Events

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

EMP Stores

EMP Stores

Hours

Daily 10:00am–5:30pm
206-262-3013

CULTURE KITCHEN

CULTURE KITCHEN

Hours

Daily 10:00am–5:00pm
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.



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

Type Price Benefits Info Purchase + 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
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.

2015 Annual Report

Annual Report 2015

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