The EMP museum creates one of the most interesting stops in Seattle. It is a 140,000 square foot music museum at the Seattle ... More
The EMP Museum
The EMP museum creates one of the most interesting stops in Seattle. It is a 140,000 square foot music museum at the Seattle Center. The museum takes you through music history by immersing you in nearly 80,000 artifacts including photos, sound archives, costumes, and musical instruments from notable artists. The Science Fiction Museum & Hall honors the greatest minds in the genre. Here viewers can pay homage to the celebrities of science fiction and participate in interactive and educational exhibits.
I personnally thought thr EMP was a great experience. The interactive items are the best part. Deffenitaly a good attraction. Most people would like it. The group of friends I went with certainly enjoyed it.
Pilgrimage for music lovers and aspiring musicians
By A Yahoo Contributor, 9/15/07
EMP Seattle - You can love it or you can dismiss it. It has the possibility of being a shrine and it also reeks of technology. True intellect is, however, the ability to hold contradictory thoughts in ones mind simultaneously and still live in peace inside your head.
Thus, while the technology overtures at EMP Seattle sometimes tend to irritate the puritan mind, the collection of music and musical memorabilia bring about the perfect balance.
There is a third dimension - the compelling architecture of the place. And a fourth - a Vodka based cocktail called Purple Haze served at the Liquid lounge bar.
All mixed together one is definitely stirred by the experience and sometimes shaken by the spirits of Kurt and Jimi whose spirits no doubt walk the air.
I stood outside and wondered if I should give it a try after reading the bad reviews before I arrived in town. My wife isn't a music fan at all but said she would go with me if I wanted to see it. I decided since I didnt know when I would be back I would go see it. I was totally dissappionted in the whole thing. The 'Tower of Guitars' was really cool and I would of loved to have a picture of it...except you have to check your camera in at the door. Everyone who had smaller cameras that fit in their pockets and cameras in their phones were taking pictures after security passed by, so taking my camera didnt work. I should of got someone to Email me a picture, but didn't think of that. I walked out thinking there wasn't one thing that would bring me back. and I paid $15 for admission for both and still felt it was a waste. I'll go home and put my Jimi Hendrix DVD on and enjoy myself for free.
I took my family to EMP on July 20, 2007. First it cost a fortune, then parking cost a fortune - but luckily we didn't show up the next day - parking was $20 regardless of how long you stayed because of the "Bite of Seattle" thing going on.
We did not make it to the sci fi museum, because I think EMP was so tedious and trying on the patience of my kids (who were really good sports for the 1st half), we never would have made it over there.
Anyway - one half of the museum is just a bunch of "House of Blues" or "Hard Rock Cafe" style memorabilia (outfits that certain 'artists' wore, etc.) loads of guitars and ollectible records, etc. Boring! Boring! Boring!
Then there was this theater - we popped our heads in to see a darkened theater while old footage of Hendrix rolled. Wow! I couldn't believe people were sitting through it...anyway we finally made it upstairs which turned out to be more what I was expecting. Upstairs you can 'rock out' in little soundproof rooms - but as other reviewers have mentioned it's mostly half broken, out of tune guitars, non-functioning keyboards, etc.
It's a great idea but poor execution - way way overpriced, etc. The kids may have liked it - but only because they have no guage for the amount of money spent vs. the amount of enjoyment.
The next day we went to Green Lake and rented a paddle boat for like $12 for an hour and all had way more fun than the 10x price we paid for EMP.
I would have rather bought the wife and kids $120 worth of gifts at Pike Place than waste the time doing this. Sad...
From recent reviews I was a little skeptic but our family really enjoyed ourselves. The $15 price was a decent value for both musuems. If your into music history and hands on, it is a good time. We had an excellent time on the second floor making music and doing a real session. I would recommend it to others.
More music selection would of been nice, but all the instrauments worked for us. We missed the Hendrix dispay by a week. I understand procection from excessive lighting, that's ok not to see the orginal, but... a dispay with information would of been nice, maybe it's coming. There is so much history because Seattle is rich in music culture that they cannot represent everyone. Maybe in the oral history part of the museum more computer access to more information.(Janis Joplin?)Go for it
The EMP, is a great place for those who just would like to take a break from the normal frustrations and difficulties of everyday living. Go to the EMP and learn about your favorite kind of music. Or you could go and learn about a new kind of music. Or just relax in the wonderful atmosphere of the EMP. Or you can go to the EMP and have a gourmet lunch or dinner. Or go and look for a gift for any music lover you know. Whatever reason you go to the EMP for, you will find a way to relax and enjoy yourself.
Tanner W. Woodland
A couple nice Hendrix bits, but other than that its like everything else about Seattle...overhyped, overpriced, boring. Not worth the extravagant admission price. If you want one of the computerized audio guides with headphones you have to pay even more?
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