Exterior view of the Museum of Pop Culture in Seattle.

Museum of Pop Culture

Seattle, Washington

About the Museum

Interior view of the Museum of Pop Culture, Seattle.

Seattle’s Museum of Pop Culture (MoPOP) is dedicated “to the ideas and risk-taking that fuel contemporary popular culture.” MoPOP’s temporary exhibitions cover all aspects of contemporary popular culture, from science fiction to video games and horror films, in addition to significant exhibitions dedicated to two of Seattle’s most famous musical acts, Jimi Hendrix and Nirvana.

MoPOP was founded by Paul Allen of Microsoft and first opened in 2000 as the Experience Music Project. Its building, which was designed by Frank O. Gehry, is encased in 3,000 wavy stainless steel and aluminum panels and was designed to evoke the energy and fluidity of music. Exhibitions take advantage of interactive technology and the building’s unique architecture to deliver a memorable visitor experience. MoPOP's central hub, the Sky Church, features a 33 x 60 ' HD LED screen, state-of-the-art acoustics, and a variety of lighting effects; the Museum also boasts two bar/lounge areas and a theater with seating for 191.

(Photos courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.)

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