The EMP Seattle, otherwise known as the Experience Music Project, is one of the best opportunities to enjoy the local music, art, and culture during your visit. It’s also one of the most recognizable structures in the city. This museum is dedicated solely to the history of music, so if you’re missing out on one of the many music festivals in the region, you can still get your culture fix at the EMP.
Located at the Seattle Center, the Experience Music Project is in the same building as the Seattle Sci Fi Museum and just a few minutes’ walk from the Space Needle, the Pacific Science Center, and the closest Seattle Center hotels.
All music fans will find something to love at EMP Seattle, but those who love’60s rock will be especially impressed. This music museum has extensive exhibits on Jimi Hendrix—a Seattle native—and other important sixties musicians. Ever since the museum opened in 2000 (with an incredible kick-off concert featuring 40 of the best bands in the world) the Experience Music Project has been one of the most popular museums in the city, also hosting exhibits on local bands such as Nirvana and the Disco era.
If you’re traveling with kids, a day spent exploring EMP and the Seattle Sci Fi Museum will satisfy everyone’s interests. Complete the day by heading up to the observation deck in the Space Needle and gazing down at the entire city, bay, and mountains beyond. This music museum will show you once and for all that not all museums have to be a quiet, “please don’t touch” type of experience.