EMP Museum – Seattle

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The EMP is a museum with a genius mix of Music, Fantasy, and Sci-Fi! Not to mention the ridiculously beautiful architecture of the building! When I bought my ticket, I was asked if I’m related to Buckminster Fuller, which started a conversation about the building and architecture in general. My answer was “I wish.” And I do. He was a visionary to which we’re still catching up. But the EMP is beautiful. You could go there simply to look at the architectural forms. They are quirky, yet fluid, melding natural and unnatural colors and metals. Both the interior and exterior are worth seeing for themselves and adds a coolness to the already cool theme driving the EMP.

This is truly a museum of my own heart! If I had to make a museum for the modern age, it would very well look like the EMP. I started on the music side, where they had exhibits of Nirvana and Hendrix (couldn’t ask for a better pick).

Nirvana: Bringing Punk to The Masses:

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Some of Jimi Hendrix’s Sweet Clothes on their British Tour:

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The fantasy section is small, but packed with more things interesting and dear to me, like the periodical table of magic, and the notebooks and writing of Ursula LeGuin and George R. R. Martin (again, I couldn’t ask for two better picks).

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The Sci-fi & Horror section was rather large compared to fantasy. There were tons of movie props and costumes, sci-fi books, such as Dune, on display. And there were various pods screening early and modern horror films:

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Yes, there were quite a number of nerdy folk here, but, really, who wouldn’t want to see this place? It is awesome.

Chihuly Glass & Sculpture Garden Seattle

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This museum and sculpture garden is beautiful. Chihuly is a true artist in the medium of glass. His eye for form and color is superb. His work is both whimsical and organic. Often set amongst gardens and landscape, the fluid, often colorful forms blend into the environment almost with a zen-like seamlessly planned ease. A Washington native, his work has been shown, and is currently displayed all over the world. It can also be found in nearly every state in some museum or another. He’s perhaps the most famous living artist you’ve never heard of.

 

 

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Though I think $19 is a bit steep for such a small exhibit, if you have the money or simply want to see it on a trip to Seattle, then you should. Even if you feel like the exhibition is a bit limited, you’ll also marvel at the beauty of it. When I went, the ticket price was reduced to $14 because one gallery was closed for an event, which was fine by me because it was still somewhat visible from the garden.

 

 

So, if you’re in Seattle and you love art, especially glass art, then this is high-up on a must-see list.

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