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From The Wizard of Oz and The Princess Bride to Harry PotterFantasy: Worlds of Myth and Magic invites audiences on a fantastical journey to unearth the inspiration behind this genre’s most magnificent creations.

Pet a dragon designed by Seattle Opera, view an original manuscript page from Game of Thrones, and revel in hands-on installations that include world building and mapmaking. See David Bowie’s Jareth the Goblin King outfit from Labyrinth, the Wicked Witch of the West’s hat from The Wizard of Oz, and other iconic costumes from TV and the silver screen.

Fantasy: Worlds of Myth and Magic is included with museum admission and is free for EMP Museum members.

The Making of Fantasy

Think the end result is impressive? The construction of Fantasy: Worlds of Myth and Magic was an epic event unto itself. With the help of art and architecture collaborative Lead Pencil Studio (Annie Han and Daniel Mihalyo) EMP created an immersive environment complete with crawl spaces and echoing audio caves. At the heart of the exhibit lies a soaring tree covered in 48,000 zinc tiles, each of which was applied by hand. Lead Pencil Studio hoped that visitors would “lose track of reality for a bit.” Want to try? Check out the time-lapse video below to see the tree take magnificent form before your very eyes.

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This project was supported, in part, by an award from 4Culture:



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