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EMP Building

EMP Museum Building

EMP is housed in a 140,000 square foot Frank O. Gehry designed building.

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Programs + Education

EMP seeks to inspire all of our audiences by providing unique and engaging resources and experiences.

Pop culture is an ongoing celebration of all of us. Through music, film, fashion, video games, or whatever sparks our interest, we identify and express ourselves through various forms of pop culture. It’s a platform that allows us to build communities; discover new artistic outlets; and gives us a means to thrive.

EMP offers a multitude of community and educational programs for audiences of all ages and pop culture interests. From the region’s premier youth band competition and the acclaimed Science Fiction + Fantasy Short Film Festival, to arts camps, mentorship programs, teacher development, and Seattle Mini Maker Faire which brings together our vibrant community of innovators—EMP is a place for discovery, inspiration, and learning.

Community Access Program

Community Access Program

EMP’s Community Access program enables individuals experiencing financial, physical, or social barriers to visit the museum. The museum serves regional residents by opening its doors to all who might benefit from EMP’s rich educational and cultural resources. more

Camps + Workshops

Camps + Workshops

Teen Artist Workshops and Creativity Camps for Kids provide hands-on, expert-led instruction with summer camps including songwriting, sound design for video games, creative writing, science of sound, and more. Registration open now. more

Educational Resources

Educational Resources

Online or on-site, EMP provides teachers with the resources they need. EMP offers a variety of resources for educators including lesson plans, gallery guides, workshops at the museum and in schools, and Professional Development Day. more

Youth Advisory Board

Youth Advisory Board members actively contribute to EMP events and exhibit openings, and influence teen programming at EMP by collaborating with local musicians, artists, and community groups and promoting teen programs such as Sound Off! more

Calendar

Check out the EMP calendar for lectures, music performances, opening exhibit events and more!

  • SEPTEMBER EVENTS

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      Seattle Mini Maker Faire

      10:00am-5:00pm

      Saturday, September 17 - Sunday, September 18

      Explore what the maker movement is all about at this family-friendly festival celebrating makers in our region and the do-it-yourself and do-it-together spirit.…

  • AUGUST EVENTS

    • 1 MONDAY

      Compose and Create (Week 2)

      8:45am–4:00pm

      Monday, August 1 - Friday, August 5

      Explore music, acting, and storytelling at this inspiring camp.…

    • 8 MONDAY

      Rock 'n' Science (Week 2)

      8:30am–4:15pm

      Monday, August 8 - Friday, August 12

      Discover the science behind sound in this amped up week!…

    • 22 MONDAY

      Advanced Music Program

      9:00am-4:00pm

      Monday, August 22 - Friday, August 26

      Rain City Rock Camp for Girls AMP at EMP is an advanced music program for female-identified teens* ages 14-19 with prior music experience.…

    • 26 FRIDAY

      Friday, August 26 - Saturday, August 27

      EMP Museum in partnership with SIFF and Weird Elephant at The Grand Cinema presents an encore screening of the 11th annual Science Fiction + Fantasy Short Film Festival.…

  • JULY EVENTS

    • 11 MONDAY

      Rock-Prov

      8:45am–4:00pm

      Monday, July 11 - Friday, July 15

      Get a backstage pass to the worlds of theatre and music.…

      Monday, July 11 - Friday, July 22

      Scribes is an intensive two-week creative writing program for teens.…

    • 18 MONDAY

      Rock 'n' Science (Week 1)

      8:30am–4:15pm

      Monday, July 18 - Thursday, July 21

      Discover the science behind sound in this amped up week!…

    • 25 MONDAY

      Compose and Create (Week 1)

      8:45am–4:00pm

      Monday, July 25 - Friday, July 29

      Explore music, acting, and storytelling at this inspiring camp.…

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Visit

Hours, maps, directions, and everything you need to know about planning your museum visit.

EMP Museum is located at 325 5th Avenue N at Seattle Center.

The museum is easily accessible by car, numerous bus routes, and the historic Seattle Center Monorail, built in 1962 for the Seattle World's Fair. The Monorail departs every 10 minutes from the station at Seattle Center, and from Westlake Center Mall, at 5th and Pine Street.

Detailed Directions to EMP

EMP Location Map

EMP Hours

Summer Hours

May 27, 2016 - September 5, 2016
Daily 10:00am-7:00pm

Winter Hours

September 8, 2015 - May 26, 2016
Daily 10:00am-5:00pm

Special Operating Hours

Open daily 10:00am–5:00pm during "Winter Hours," and 10:00am–7:00pm during "Summer Hours" unless otherwise noted.

November 24, 2016 (Thanksgiving Day): CLOSED
November 25–26, 2016: 10:00am–7:00pm
December 24, 2016 (Christmas Eve): 10:00am–4:00pm
December 25, 2016 (Christmas Day): CLOSED
December 26–30, 2016: 10:00am–7:00pm


CityPASS

CityPASS Seattle Purchase a CityPASS

Save on admission to five top Seattle attractions including EMP Museum.

Groups

Make a Reservation

Visit with your friends, family, colleagues, school field trip, or any other group of ten or more and receive discounted admission.

Private Events

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A spectacular venue suitable for a wide variety of events from weddings and parties to concerts and corporate meetings.

EMP Stores

EMP Store EMP Stores

Hours

Daily 10:00am–7:30pm
206-262-3013

CULTURE KITCHEN

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Hours

Daily 10:00am–7:00pm
Happy Hour 5:00pm–7:00pm (Thurs.-Sat.)
206-262-3030

Where to Stay

Hotel Packages

Experience unique package deals and discounts at EMP partner hotels located within walking distance to the museum.

Tickets + Membership

Buy tickets, or better yet, become a member to one of the most unique museums in the world.

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Tickets are valid for 90 days. Questions? We're here to help: experience@EMPmuseum.org

Become a member

EMP members enjoy free year-round admission to the museum, in addition to access to exhibition previews and events, special offers and discounts, and lectures and oral histories with luminaries from the world of pop culture. Celebrate cinema, make your own music, discover science fiction, and take pleasure in knowing that your membership bolsters EMP's efforts to educate, inspire, and spark creativity and imagination in young and old alike.

For information about membership at EMP call 206-770-2772 or email Membership@EMPmuseum.org

Starter Memberships

TypePriceBenefitsInfoPurchase + Options
Individual $59
  • Free admission for one adult for one year
  • Two single-use guest passes
  • Discounts at museum shops
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There are a number of different memberships available. Find the one that fits you best!

More Membership Levels

New Benefit: EMP members receive free admission to Living Computer Museum and Flying Heritage Collection!

Dual $79
  • Free admission for two adults for one year
  • Invitations to exhibition previews and events
  • Discounts at museum shops and more
Full Benefit Info
Family $119
  • Free admission for two adults and children
  • Discounts to summer camps and workshops
Full Benefit Info

Group Visits

Visit EMP as a group and experience a self-guided tour, special group entry with a designated motor coach drop-off point, and discounted rates on admission and On Stage posters and DVDs.

About EMP

EMP celebrates the creative process, engages the imagination, and inspires personal expression in current and future generations.

Statement of Mission

EMP is a leading-edge nonprofit museum, dedicated to the ideas and risk-taking that fuel contemporary popular culture. With its roots in rock 'n' roll, EMP serves as a gateway museum, reaching multigenerational audiences through our collections, exhibitions, and educational programs, using interactive technologies to engage and empower our visitors. At EMP, artists, audiences and ideas converge, bringing understanding, interpretation, and scholarship to the popular culture of our time.


The EMP Building

Frank O. Gehry looked to music for his inspiration when designing EMP.

A classical music fan, Gehry wanted to understand rock 'n' roll, so he traded in his Bach for Hendrix and took a trip to the neighborhood guitar store. He bought several electric guitars, took them back to his office, and cut them into pieces. The guitar pieces were the building blocks for an early model design. Influenced by the colors in the early model, Gehry's final design brightly displays the red and blue hues of electric guitars.

Private Events

The museum's one-of-a-kind architecture offers numerous unique sites, from lofty and spacious to cozy and secluded.

Whether your event is a corporate meeting, a concert, an intimate gathering, a film premiere, a seated dinner or an elaborate reception, EMP offers an awe-inspiring setting for your next special occasion.

Questions? Contact PrivateEvents@EMPmuseum.org.

2015 Annual Report

Annual Report 2015

Press

Assets for Press and Media.

Members of the media can access EMP's press releases, media kit downloads, and high-res images.

Media Kits