Experience Music Project - EMP, Seattle

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  • JIMMY HENDRIX'S  FENDER STRAT FROM
    JIMMY HENDRIX'S FENDER STRAT FROM...
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  • SUCH AN AMAZING COLLECTION OF GUITARS
    SUCH AN AMAZING COLLECTION OF GUITARS
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    INSIDE THE EMP SALES STORE
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    Never enough time

    by Rassors Written Oct 2, 2005

    To start, I am not a music junkie, but I love this place. They have exhbits about all sorts of contemporary music. The Guitar exhibit where one can hear the difference between the sound of the guitars is fascinating but not as much fun as the recording stuidio where one can try all sorts of music equipment. Its like being a kid again.

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  • EMP rocks!!

    by kcbrit Written Sep 25, 2005

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    stack of guitars

    What a great museum for those of us that like music. Very interesting and educational. I left my boyfreind there for an hour to play around with stuff and went to the Science Fiction Museum next door. I loved the Hendrix exhibit and the costumes. Lunch was tasy and affordable. Do not miss out on this new piece of Seattle culture.

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    Experience Rock Music

    by Johnscarroll Written Aug 20, 2005

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    Chuck Berry Guitar

    This is the one of the few museums dedicated to rock music. Housed inside a fascinating Frank Gehry building, it has become a landmark piece of architecture of Seattle (hated by some, loved by others). The monorail passes through the building.

    The exhibits about musicians are fascinating, but most interesting for me has been the hands-on exhibits about the making of rock music. Visitors can try their talents in keyboarding, lead vocals, guitar, and drums. This is the part that kids enjoy most as well.

    The museum is expensive, so I rocommend it only for those who really enjoy rock muic.

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    Experience Music Project

    by lashr1999 Updated Jul 8, 2005
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    What the hell is that weird building--or is it a building--near the Space Needle? That VISION was built by architect Frank Gehery and is said to resemble a smashed guitar. It was well worth the green to check out all the music memorabilia and photos. It was great viewing some of the original songs people were writing with all the cross-outs and additions. From Bo Didley to Hendrix, this place has got you covered. One of the features I liked the most was the hands-on exhibits where you get to mix music, sing, or play the drums.

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    Experience the Music

    by LeoM Written Jun 7, 2005

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    Entrance to the EMP

    The EMP, which is owned by Billionaire Paul Allen, is a fantastic out of this world place to experience the past, present, and future of music.
    There are so many things to see, from all the clothes, and outfits that the artsists have worn, to instruments that were played and seen on albums, and cd covers. There is also a lot of interactive and hands on thingd to do as well.

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    Experience the Music!

    by jamiesno Updated May 13, 2005

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    Me at EMP.  No I can't play the base at all!

    This venue in Seattle was worth the visit but it would have been heaven for a music buff. The place is located at The Seattle Center and the outside look of the building will get your attention off the start.

    There was a lot of exhibits. No pictures allowed of the artifacts. There was an extenisve exhibit on Jimmy Hendrix and Bob Dylan. I thought the personal journals of Hendrix where interesting to read. The Beatles are there, tonnes of old guitars and other instruments.

    Making this place fun was the fact it was interactive. You could do recordings there, make videos, play the drums, guitar, keyboard and bass as a solo or in a group in sound proof chambers.

    It was hear I learnt that arasnosliw is not exactly musically inclined. She likes to sing away, beat the drums and strum the guitar but it wasn't exactly sounding the best. I enjoyed that because when I tried I was much, much worst, LOL :-).

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    Don't Let Me Influence You

    by tpal Updated Mar 11, 2005

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    I really want to be a Frank Gehry fan...but it's hard.

    Not far from where I live in Buffalo there is an early Frank Lloyd Wright prairie house built in 1904. Across the street is huge Beaux Arts mansion built in 1903. I once overheard the owner of the Beaux Arts edifice disparaging about the Wright house saying, "Well, it's certainly not elegant living." At the time I thought, "Thank God I'm not so narrow minded."

    That was about 30 years ago and now I look at Frank Gehry's work and think, "Can this be elegant architecture...and who just said that?"

    The Experience Music Project is housed in a $240 million building sponsored by Microsoft's Paul Allen and designed by Frank Gehry. Ron Judd of the Seattle Times described it as "The wreck of the Partridge Family bus". Some other newspapers were even more creative with their descriptions. For me I found it to be just another obstacle in the path on the road to becoming a Frank Gehry groupie.

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    Experience Music Project

    by Erin74 Written Jan 21, 2005
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    Designed by famous architect Frank Gehry, Experience Music Project is now a fixture in downtown Seattle. While debate still rages on about whether this building represents Gehry's finest work (my vote would definitely be "no"), the collection inside the building is worth seeing.

    The EMP is a music museum, dedicated to both local and global music. There's an emphasis on rock & roll, so the EMP is probably going to appeal mostly to younger visitors. Paul Allen (the brains behind the EMP and one of the founders of Microsoft) has included his own, personal collections in the EMP. This explains the vast display of Jimi Hendrix material and the large amount of local, Seattle memorabilia. While I do wish there was more space devoted to grunge-- you definitely get a good education about Seattle's musical history here.

    There are a number of interactive exhibits at the EMP. Also, some of the more memorable displays include a large collection of Bob Dylan artifacts, lots of costumes worn by musical artists and a towering sculture formed out of electric guitars.

    While I think the EMP is a little pricy for what it is, I also liked it much better than the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland. If you're into music, come check it out.

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    Experience Music Project, for rock lovers

    by katpanou Written Oct 2, 2004

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    guitars!

    From rock to pop, from punk to grunge, all things music

    To start with the building that houses EMP is stunning and one of the most original buildings you have probably seen.

    Interactive exhibits, unique artifacts and space for extraordinary live performances!

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    Lots of interactives and hands-on activities

    by meteorologist1 Updated Sep 10, 2004
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    The Experience Music Project will let you experience what it is like to write and perform music yourself. The museum contains a lot of hands-on opportunities and interactives that lets you play an electric guitar (if you haven't played one in your life, it will be a great experience), see what it's like to mix music, play drums, and even perform on stage. This museum is excellent for adults as well as kids too. The only bad news is that the admission to this museum is probably on the expensive side: $19.95 for an adult.

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    The Experience Music Project

    by meteorologist1 Updated Sep 10, 2004
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    The Experience Music Project is a museum devoted to the subject of music. If you love music, musical instruments, and music history, this is the perfect music for you. You can find stuff related to blues, jazz, hip-hop, funk, punk, country, and rock ‘n’ roll. But beware, if you are expecting to learn stuff about classical music and composers (Mozart, Bach, etc.), this is not the place for you and you will be disappointed. You will not find it here. Instead, expect stuff about Elvis and the Beatles, for example. Expect to see a lot of electric guitars in the museum.

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    Fun & interactive

    by kbl Updated Aug 29, 2004

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    Technology in use at the EMP

    The EMP is a collection of very different objects related to music. As Paul Allen is one of the founders of the EMP (Paul Allen being one of the co-founders of Microsoft) and this makes that the museum makes an optimal use of the technology to let the visitor expirience the music.

    The EMP has a lot of success, so plan your trip carefully to avoid standing in line to long. Don't leave Seattle without visting it!

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    EMP

    by goingsolo Updated Jul 11, 2004

    The Experience Music Project is a must see. The building, whose shape is supposed to resemble the inner ear, has several exhibits. The Sky Church where music is played, the Artists Journey, part film and part motion ride, exhibits on the history of rock n roll and the soundlab- where you can play instruments or sing. There's a Jimi Hendrix gallery containing the world's largest display of Hendrix memorabilia, a guitar gallery displaying guitars used by Bob Dylan, Kurt Cobain, Soundgarten and others. This place could consume the better part of a day, depending on how many of the exhibits you want to see.

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    See Jimmy Hendrix

    by tylercdurden2004 Written Jun 3, 2004
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    The newest major edition to Seattle is the Music Experience. This building is crazy and is supposed to look like Jimmy Hendrixes guitar although I think its more of a surreatlists viewpoint. Its pretty cool and although I did not go into the museum its supposed to be very interesting giving a background of music history and especially of the Seattle music scene. I think is roughly $25-30 US to enter. THis is located underneath the Space Needle so you can kill two birds with one stone.

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    Experience Music Project

    by sarahandgareth Written Jun 2, 2004

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    EMP behind the Wild River ride

    Whether you pay the big bucks to go into the actual museum or just walk around the outside and through the lobby, the EMP is not to be missed! Designed by Frank Gehry, the building itself is more than half the attraction.

    Inside, the good-sized gift shop, Turntable (restaurant) and Liquid Lounge (bar), can all be enjoyed admission free. For an additional $19.95, the museum is a giant collection of musical paraphernalia and fun, interactive activities.

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