But this isn't merely another passive museum. Founded by Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen, the facility is high-tech in its presentation, and offers you the opportunity to exercise your inner rock star by playing on guitar or other instruments in a studio. You can even form your own band with your companions and record a professional-looking video to take home.
Also in the same building is the Science Fiction Hall of Fame, which does for science fiction what EMP does for music, paying tribute to generations of writers, illustrators, publishers and filmmakers. Both EMP and SFHF host frequent special exhibits in their respective fields.
Experience Music Project/ Science Fiction Hall of Fame is located in Seattle Center, next to the iconic Space Needle, the old-fashioned midway, the monorail station, a sports and concert arena, and several other attractions.
IF YOU GO: Street parking is difficult in Seattle, though in this neighborhood, it's actually possible at times. There are convenient parking lots, and EMP is also easily accessible by public transit. You might want to allow time for some of the other attractions in the Center complex, including the Space Needle, the monorail, the midway, the Seattle Children's Museum, and one of the restaurants.
WHEN TO VISIT: Open year-round. Summer hours are 10-7, winter hours are 10-5. Be sure to check the website for special temporary exhibits.
JURISDICTION: Experience Music Project, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization
INFORMATION VERIFIED BY Dennis Goza Last visit , September 2009
ADDRESS: 325 5th Ave N, Seattle, WA 98109 (206)770-2700
Experience Music Project is located in Seattle Center,
next to the iconic Space Needle
Photo courtesy of iStockPhoto.com / © Karen Massier