Geek on Vacation: EMP Museum, Seattle, WA, USA

When I travel, I like to find activities or attractions that speak to my geek passions. Luckily, when I visited Gary Mitchel of in Seattle, WA last month, he was on the same page. One of the highlights of my trip was our visit to the EMP Museum. The EMP Museum is located in the heart of the city, next to the Space Needle and the Monorail. The museum has many pieces on display. There are also many pieces which encourage guest interaction and bring them into the exhibit.

The EMP Museum is a massive building with a modern art flair. Inspired by music, the shape of the building is meant to emulate the shape of guitars. Of course, the largest portion of the museum is dedicated to music. There is also a large space dedicated to the Indie Game Revolution exhibit, sponsored in part by Nintendo. There is so much more to explore at the EMP Musuem, it is definitely worth multiple visits. Today, I am going to share with you my photo galleries from three of their exhibits on Star Wars, Science Fiction and Fantasy.

First, we visit the traveling exhibit – Rebel, Jedi, Princess, Queen: Star Wars and the Power of Costume. The exhibit is presented by the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service and Lucas Museum of Narrative Art, in collaboration with LucasFilm, Ltd. The exhibit features more than 60 costume pieces from the films, along with video clips, sketches and insightful notes from the designers and costumers tasked with creating the visual story of Star Wars through costuming. The exhibit will be open at the EMP Museum through October 4, 2015.


Also on exhibit, we found Infinite Worlds of Science Fiction. The exhibit displays more than 100 props, costumes and set pieces from popular science fiction movies and television series alongside a documentary video where contributors discuss the importance and impact of science fiction on society. Contributions include pieces from Star Trek, Aliens, Terminator, Battlestar Galactica and many more.


Finally, we found ourselves in Fantasy: Worlds of Myth and Magic. This exhibit celebrates crafted worlds of sword and sorcery with costume pieces, weapons and art pieces. Among the contributions to the exhbit are costumes from The Wizard of Oz, Labyrinth and Game of Thrones, as well as crafted weapons from The Lord of the Rings, The Princess Bride, Conan The Barbarian and more.


I hope these pictures will prompt you to take a trip to the EMP Museum. Whether your passion is Star Wars, Star Trek, Game of Thrones, or something else, the museum has an exhibit to capture your interest. The EMP Museum is open daily 10:00am to 7:00pm.