Trip Planner:   USA  /  Washington State  /  Seattle  /  Museums  /  EMP Museum
EMP Museum, Seattle
(3.9/5 based on 4,200+ reviews on the web)
EMP Museum is dedicated to contemporary popular culture, with exhibits focusing mainly on rock music and science fiction. Inside the unusual building--which resembles a large smashed guitar--you can visit the guitar gallery to learn about the development of one of rock music's defining instruments. The gallery displays 55 vintage guitars from 1770 to the present, including impressive specimens played by musicians such as Eddie Van Halen, Bo Diddley, and Kurt Cobain. Give your own rocking performance in front of a virtual audience with the interactive on-stage exhibit. Walk through the science fiction and fantasy hall of fame to learn about the lives and work of some of the genre's greatest creators and innovators. Purchase your ticket online in advance for a reduced price. With our international travel planner, Seattle attractions like EMP Museum can be center stage of your vacation plans, and you can find out about other attractions like it, unlike it, near it, and miles away.
Create a full Seattle itinerary
map

Plan your trip to Seattle

  • Get a personalized plan

    A complete day-by-day itinerary
    based on your preferences
  • Customize it

    Refine your plan. We'll find the
    best routes and schedules
  • Book it

    Choose from the best hotels
    and activities. Up to 50% off
  • Manage it

    Everything in one place.
    Everyone on the same page.

Plans in Seattle by other users

3 days in Seattle BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES February, popular PREFERENCES: February ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 3 days in Seattle BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES December, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, museums, shopping, popular PREFERENCES: December, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, museums, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 12 days in United States BY A USER FROM JAPAN December, popular PREFERENCES: December ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 12 days in United States BY A USER FROM JAPAN December, popular PREFERENCES: December ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 52 days in West Coast BY A USER FROM IRELAND October, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, popular PREFERENCES: October, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 52 days in United States BY A USER FROM IRELAND October, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, popular PREFERENCES: October, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 17 days in United States BY A USER FROM SINGAPORE June, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, popular PREFERENCES: June, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 5 days in West Coast BY A USER FROM CANADA February, popular PREFERENCES: February ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 23 days in Canada & United States BY A USER FROM CANADA May, kids, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, popular PREFERENCES: May, kids, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 19 days in Washington State & Central Europe BY A USER FROM KENYA February, popular PREFERENCES: February ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 13 days in United States BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES August, popular PREFERENCES: August ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 19 days in West Coast BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES June, kids, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: June, kids, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium
View more plans
Reviews
TripAdvisor
  • This location is a must for those who love architecture and music. The tour itself is short but well worth the visit. There are special exhibits that change throughout the year. 
  • We enjoyed all the exhibits, especially Star Trek. This is a great way to spend a rainy day in Seattle. It's location is perfect, you are next to the Space Needle and Chihuly Garden. 
  • Okay, so I am 14, and I am a huge fan of pop-culture and science fiction, and since my family spends a lot of time traveling other places, we decided to spend some time where we live because I have ne...  more »
Google
  • We went for the Star Trek exhibition and were not disappointed. It was killer! Plus, while there, we explored the horror movie exhibit and fantasy. A ton of fun for anyone, really. I mean, who doesn't love pop culture. Lots of fun little things to entertain, and even some things to learn if you stop to appreciate the effort put into exhibit text.
  • Awesome inside and out. Attended the Wearable Art Show, which was great. Wonderful sculptures outside, too. But waiting outside for opening night with my family, we found a SUPER playground at the upper level that kept us all entertained, kids and adults, playing with each other and everybody else's kids, on the installations. Expend all that youthful energy here before you go in, and kids can walk quietly through displays. Or return to the playground while you linger. Restaurant on site is really good, too, for quick bites.
  • My new favorite museum. What an amazing place. The sci fi, horror, and fantasy exhibits are truly awesome. And the music lab is really cool. They have great exhibits for learning to play instruments. I wholeheartedly recommend this place to anyone interested in music or sci fi!
  • A lot to explore for anyone who is interested in games, science fiction movies, and music. There are many interactive demonstrations that really enhance the situation. Highly recommended to check out when you're visiting Seattle!
  • If you like science fiction, games, or music, this is your museum. Besides a number of great static exhibits, they usually have at least one special rotating exhibit. All are worth your time. It's easy to lose a whole day in here. And for most exhibits you can take photos.