Fantasy: Worlds of Myth and Magic

Make the world of make-believe believable.

  1. This red dress, worn by Buttercup (Robin Wright) in Rob Reiner’s classic fantasy adventure The Princess Bride (1987), can be seen during the kidnapping scenes through to the battle with the Rodents of Unusual Size in the Fire Swamp. 

    Photo by Brady Harvey.

  2. Don't miss the fantasy art salon inside the gallery, featuring imaginative depictions of other worlds and characters from regional artists as well as from gaming giants including Wizards of the Coast and Blizzard Entertainment.

    Photo by Brady Harvey.

  3. Step inside the Library of Arcane Wizardry to explore an extensive digital archive of fantasy-related content and wood cases holding original fantasy game items from Magic: The Gathering and Dungeons and Dragons

    Photo by Brady Harvey.

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 the Wicked Witch of the West’s hat from The Wizard of Oz, weaponry from The Lord of the Rings, the battle headdress and staff used by the White Witch in The Chronicles of Narnia, and other iconic costumes and props 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: