The last installment of Day 2 of our most recent trip to Seattle finds us at the EMP Museum to see the Star Wars: Power of Costume exhibit. Sean and I are huge Star Wars fans, so when I heard this exhibit was not too far away from home I couldn't wait to go check it out. If you missed any recent Seattle posts, you can find them here.
The walk to the EMP from the Pacific Science Center is a pretty short one. They are both nestled in the Seattle Center along with the Space Needle, Children's Museum, Chihuly Garden and Glass Museum, the Monorail, a few theaters, and the Key Arena. There are a few places to eat at the Armory, located in the middle of all the museums and activities. We had lunch at the Blue Water Taco Grill before grabbing a Starbucks and continuing our walk to the EMP.
The Experience Music Project (or EMP for short) is "a leading-edge non-profit museum, dedicated to the ideas and risk-taking that fuel contemporary popular culture. EMP celebrates the creative process, engages the imagination, and inspires personal expression in current and future generations."
We visited EMP for the first time last year. There are exhibits on Jimi Hendrix and Nirvana because the artists are from the region. I was never into either artists' music, but I did find the costumes, instruments, and history very interesting. I loved the Guitar Gallery, featuring 55 vintage guitars from the 1770s to the present. The gallery really conveys that these instruments are works of art. Other features of the EMP include the Sound Lab, with soundproof rooms where groups can come and play instruments; On Stage, where visitors can perform a song to a virtual audience; If VI Was IX, a tornado-shaped sound sculpture made of 500 instruments by artist Trimpin; and Sky Church, a concert venue with 70-foot ceilings and state-of-the-art sound and lighting. Sky Church is a great place to chill out if you need a break from all the exhibits and people. The LED screen is always playing music videos by various artists. Last year, the main exhibit was about music videos and their influence as an art form on contemporary culture. It mixed interactive installations, recreated sets, projections, videos, objects, and more to create an interesting experience and delve into the world of music videos as an important artistic expression. I'm not sure how often they change exhibits, so check the website before you go.
Downstairs, they have a smaller changing exhibit. Last year during our visit, the exhibit featured tall landmark buildings made out of Legos. This year it was about the Indie Game Revolution, which offered gameplay as well as "the stories of independent game developers, designers, coders, composers, and critics." Sean and I had a great time playing the game Lovers In A Dangerous Spacetime for about fifteen minutes. It required us to work together to man a round space vessel and shoot aliens that were after us.
If that wasn't enough, the EMP building also houses the Science Fiction Museum devoted to the thought-provoking ideas and experiences of science fiction. The Science Fiction Museum also has changing exhibits from time to time. Last year, Fantasy:Worlds of Myth and Magic was what we saw during our trip. It was a really fun exhibit with great decor and lots of costumes from Game of Thrones, The Wizard of Oz, The Princess Bride, Labyrinth, and more! We loved it! (PS - It is still going on now, so check it out!) And if you love horror movies, Can't Look Away: The Lure of Horror Film, is a must see with artifacts, costumes, and creatures from classic films, along with director interviews and interactive pieces like the Scream Booth, Horror Soundscapes, and Monster Timeline.
For this short trip, we played a little at the Indie Game exhibit and then headed to the Star Wars and The Power of Costume exhibit! This exhibit talks about the inspirations and difficulties in creating and dressing characters from the films. Nearly 60 hand-crafted costumes are presented in the exhibit, which will be in Seattle through October 4th.
Now, picture time!
|Padme Amidala's Meadow Picnic Dress|
|Padme Amidala's Lake Retreat Arrival Dress|
|Padme Amidala's Lake Retreat Dining Gown with Feathered Cape|
|Padme Amidala's Wedding Gown|
|The deterioration of Emperor Palpatine|
|Han & Chewie|
|Grand Moff Tarkin & X-Wing Pilot|
On our way out of town, we gawked at the gorgeous Mt. Rainier.
As usual, we stop at FX McRory's for chowder before heading out of town. I hope you've enjoyed this look back at our fun Seattle trip. Seattle is one of my favorite cities to visit and we still have a lot to see there.
What's your favorite city? Have you seen any interesting exhibits lately? Do you have a Seattle recommendation? Let me know in the comments!