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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

STAR

STAR

Open to ensembles of all musical genres based in schools or the wider community, EMP’s STAR (Students Training in Artistic Reach) program supports youth music ensembles by conveying the artistic skills necessary to perform in a professional capacity. 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

Camps + Workshops

In partnership with several esteemed institutions, EMP is proud to offer a variety of camps and workshops for youth, including Science Fiction Filmmaking, Rock ‘n’ Science, Video Game Programming, and Music Therapy Camps. more

Calendar

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

  • MAY EVENTS

    • 16 FRIDAY

      Friday, May 16

      Celebrate the opening of EMP’s newest exhibit, Spectacle: The Music Video by attending an outrageously interactive music video experience.…

    • 17 SATURDAY

      Saturday, May 17

      Join EMP Museum for an exhibit opening event designed just for teachers.…

  • APRIL EVENTS

    • 12 SATURDAY

      Saturday, April 12

      Enjoy a free concert with T.J. Wheeler on guitar and vocals, fellow musicians Tom Svornich and Ted Enderle, the Sedro-Woolley High School Jazz Band, and student musicians from Sedro-Woolley High School and Cascade Middle School.…

    • 17 THURSDAY

      EMP Museum Job Fair

      2:00pm-6:00pm

      Thursday, April 17

      EMP Museum's job fair will showcase opportunities for seasonal employment with EMP's Visitor Services and Security teams.…

    • 22 TUESDAY

      Kiss the Sky! The Orca Freedom Concert

      Doors at 6:30pm, show at 7:30pm

      Tuesday, April 22

      Join Heart with special guests Graham Nash and Jami Sieber, Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, Arielle, Country Joe McDonald, and Andrew Morse in supporting wild orca research and advocacy.…

    • 24 THURSDAY

      Thursday, April 24 - Sunday, April 27

      The 2014 EMP Pop Conference offers more than 100 presentations exploring the subject of music and mobility.…

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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

Winter Hours

September 3, 2013 - May 22, 2014
Daily 10:00am-5:00pm

Summer Hours

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

Special Operating Hours

July 4–28, 2014, Fridays through Mondays open until 9:00pm (Fri, Sat, Sun, Mon)


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

POP_Kitchen_photo POP Kitchen + Bar

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 Prices

TypeRegular PriceSaveOnline PricePurchase + Options
Adults (18-64) $20
$5
$15 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
Seniors (65+) $17
$2
$15
Students (with I.D.) $17
$2
$15
Military (with I.D.) $14
$2
$12
Youth (5-17) $14
$2
$12
Children (4 and younger) 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.

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.

2012 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