Experience Music Project. (EMP)
Paul Allen, the co-founder of Microsoft, sold most of his stock after quitting. He is a big fan of Jimi Hendrix, and was planning to start a museum with all the memorobelia he has obtained relating to him. The project grew, and is now a major multimedia museum dedicated to all music genres. My first impression of the outside was, 'Oh no!, the museum melted', but apparently the blob design was done by one of the most celebrated architecual 'artists' in the west. I'll take their word for it.
EMP is not a museum in the technical sense. It is full of the technological toys that would fit such an owner as Paul Allen. It even has a virtual reality ride about funk featuring James Brown, George Clinton, Maceo, and Bootsy. The most interesting part of the museum is the hands on music making rooms. They allow people without any musical training to play intruments. There are even 'jam rooms', where people can get together for twenty minutes in a studio with guitar, bass, and drums. And, of course, the Hendrix gallery.....(ahhhhh....). They don't allow things to be photographed there, so I only have this pic of me standing in front of the punk display. (Punk in a museum was awfully ironic.)
EXPERIENCE MUSIC PROJECT: Area: Belltown/Denny Rgde.
Address: 325 5th Ave N, Seattle, WA 98109
Info phone: 1.877.EMPLIVE. SEATTLE ART MUSEUM: Admission to SAM is $7 for adults, $5 for students and seniors, and kids under 12 go free. SAM also has an open house (i.e. free admission) on the first Thursday of every month. The museum is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday and 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Thursdays. Call (206) 654-3100 for more information or visit SAM's Web site at seattleartmuseum.org. Location: Seattle Art Museum is located between University and Union on 1st Ave at 100 University St. Just head north on First downtown until you see the Hammering Man. There is no parking available at the museum, but several parking lots and street parking (good luck) are available within two blocks' walking distance. Warning: remember 'steep hills' when thinking of downtown Seattle. You may need to walk due to parking or maybe using public transport, either way, plan accordingly whether it be shoes, carrying heavy bags, etc.
don't pass this up! There is a Rock and Roll Museum, interactive areas and a great selection of music and gifts to buy in the gift shop.
If you love music you gotta see the Experience music project museum!!
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