Museum of Pop Culture, Seattle

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Museum of Pop Culture 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. Take a look at our Seattle attractions planning site to schedule your visit to Museum of Pop Culture and learn about what else to see and do during your holiday.
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  • For someone who grew up watching the shows, there was a ton of awesome content and information. My son also enjoyed his time there, especially in the Other Worlds exhibit.  more »
  • Highly recommended to go with adults or children, somewhere I loved the music using instruments and singing in a study experience.
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  • The Museum eh well interesting for those who like movies, with wards dedicated to horror movies, science fiction science, others based on role-playing games. Has a wing with video games a few well known and several rooms about music and some q instruments can be played, including recording rooms. Anyway, many different and interesting environments for all ages. I loved it!!
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  • I loved how interactive this museum was! It was so cool on every detail. Every part would get you totally involved and forget where you are. Liked a lot the pictures part in every room. The instrument-sculpture was one of the most amazing sculptures i have seen so far! I spent most of my time on the part dedicated to David Bowie, I just love him and the guys at the museum had done a great job with all the setting. I wish I could visit the Nirvana’s part,but it was under construction at my time of visit. Also the big concert screen with music and info about movies was very cool and a nice way to sit relax and enjoy. The shop was also nice on it’s own. This is a must when visiting Seattle:)
  • The museum was amazing and well thought out. All ages will enjoy it, as there truly is something for everyone. Give yourself an entire day here, especially if you like to read everything. Parking is nearby, and the staff are helpful. There's a free coat check too, which is nice especially if you're in a downpour and don't want to carry that jacket around! Don't miss this Great Seattle Attraction!
  • Very fun and amazing exhibits! I would definitely visit again and again. I liked how interactive and colorful it was. The only sad thing was that we didn't realize there were more than 3 exhibits because it wasn't clearly posted well enough for us. The labels that told you where to go for more was directly underneath a giant screen with videos playing so we saw the videos and completely overlooked the additional exhibits until 15 minutes before they closed.
  • Very different museum. Structure itself very unconventional, both inside and outside. Rotating exhibits also very interesting. Great for young and old. Has parking lot adjacent, pricy not unexpected in downtown Seattle. Many buses stop by here-- if not want to worry about parking. Roadside parking free on Sundays but can be hard to find. Go to the sound lab early before there is a line to do a jam session (10 min limit) unless there is no line. When the sound lab lines get long, go see rest of museum.
  • Spent about 90 minutes here and while I enjoyed it I didn’t personally feel there was a lot of content for the price. A lot of the 2nd floor was under renovation for the new Marvel exhibit. It was also a little confusing figuring out where to go as a lot of people were just stopped staring at the big screen and it wasn’t obvious you had to cut through them to get anywhere. I loved the Star Trek exhibit and found the others interesting. I’d say take a look at the exhibit list before going and make sure there’s a few you’re interested in first, as they are each catered to certain people’s interests.
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