Answers to often asked questions.

Getting Here
My Visit

Getting Here

Is there parking at EMP?

Yes, there are many pay lots near the museum. There is also metered parking available on the side streets across 5th Avenue N. However, please refer to posted signage as there are restrictions. View map.

Can I take public transportation to EMP?

You bet! The bus stop at 5th Avenue N and Broad Street accommodates King Country Transit routes 3, 4, and 82. Plan your trip and find fare information at the King County Metro Transit Online Trip Planner or by calling 206-553-3000. View map.


How do I purchase EMP tickets?

Museum tickets are available in advance online, through our box office at 206-770-2702, or in person at either EMP lobby.

How can I donate to EMP?

EMP relies on contributions to support the creation of the museum's exhibitions, public and educational programs, publications, and collections. Learn more about making a donation here, or call 206-770-2773.

My Visit

How long should I expect to spend at EMP?

There's enough at EMP to keep you busy all day long, so allocate at least a few hours!

Can groups visit EMP?

Group rates are available for parties of 15 or more. Read more about group visits or call 206-770-2776.

Can I be dropped off at EMP?

The turnaround at 5th Avenue N and Harrison is a convenient place for individuals and groups to be dropped off (however, no parking is allowed in the turnaround). Enter through the group entrance which will lead you right to the ticketing area. View map.

Are pets allowed at EMP?

Sorry. Pets are not allowed anywhere within the complex. However, service animals are permitted and should be checked in at the information desk in the lower lobby.

Is photography allowed in the galleries?

Photography is allowed in the museum; however, flash photography, tripods, and selfie sticks are prohibited. Any commercial or other unauthorized use of any transmission, picture, film/type, writing, drawing, or other depiction or description of any EMP name, mark, or logo is prohibited without prior specific written approval from the EMP PR department. Please fill out a Media Filming & Photography Request Form or call 206-770-2700 for more information.

EMP may photograph, film, or videotape visitors for educational and promotional purposes. Purchase and use of a ticket is implied consent for the use of the holder's likeness, voice, or video image for marketing purposes.

Does EMP have a bag and coat check?

Check! EMP offers complimentary bag and coat check for all museum guests.

Can I bring food or drink into EMP?

Outside food and drink are prohibited. Food and drink are also prohibited in the gallery spaces. However, they are permitted in the public areas, such as the ticketing lobbies and the retail stores. Feeling hungry? Check out CULTURE KITCHEN by Wolfgang Puck at EMP for delicious meals and refreshing beverages.

Have a question we haven’t answered here?

General inquiries should go to our main information line at 206-770-2700.
Box Office questions can be addressed at 206-770-2702.