EMP is located at 325 5th Avenue N at Seattle Center and is easily accessible by car, numerous bus routes, and the historic Seattle Center Monorail, built in 1962 for the Seattle World’s Fair. A pay-to-park lot is available on the north end of the building.
Traffic Advisory SR 99/Alaskan Way Viaduct Closure
The Alaskan Way Viaduct Replacement Program will close State Route 99 between the Battery Street Tunnel and the West Seattle Bridge for approximately two weeks this spring to allow Bertha, the SR 99 tunneling machine, to tunnel beneath the Alaskan Way Viaduct. The closure will start on April 29. Please plan travel accordingly. Stay tuned at 99closure.org.
From I-5 North or South
Take exit 167 and follow the directional signs to Seattle Center. Merge onto Mercer Street, turn left on 5th Avenue N. EMP will be on the right.
From SR-99, Southbound
Turn right on Valley Street and then left onto 5th Avenue N. EMP will be on the right.
From SR-99, Northbound
Take the Western Avenue exit. Turn right on Battery St. and then left onto 1st Avenue. Turn right onto Mercer St. and turn right on 5th Avenue N. EMP will be on the left.
From Washington State Ferries
Head North on Alaskan Way or Western Avenue. Turn right onto Broad Street then left on 5th Avenue N. EMP will be on the left.
For a detailed map please refer to Google Maps.
Ample street parking and pay lots surround EMP and Seattle Center. There is a pay lot next to EMP at 5th Avenue N and Harrison Street. This is the only Seattle Center lot where oversized vehicles, including but not limited to school buses, motor coaches and recreational vehicles, may park. Designated handicapped parking spaces are available at all Seattle Center lots.
For groups of 30 or more, the EMP group entrance, (located at 5th Avenue N and Harrison Street, adjacent to the vehicle turnaround at the silver end of the building) provides convenient access for dropping off and picking up passengers.
Call 206-233-3989 or visit the Seattle Center Transportation website for more details and information about school bus parking at Seattle Center.
EMP is served by many bus routes, with frequent connections to downtown Seattle and surrounding neighborhoods.
Visit the King Country Metro Transit website for detailed information bus schedules, routes, and rates.
The Seattle Center Monorail connects Westlake Center (located downtown at 5th and Pine), to the Seattle Center terminal adjacent to EMP. Visit the Seattle Monorail website for detailed information on schedules and rates.
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