Museum of Pop Culture
325 5th Avenue North, Lower Queen Anne, Seattle
Exhibits at MoPop
Prince from Minneapolis
Apr 6, 2019 - Jan 4, 2020
Prince from Minneapolis examines an icon's image and his influence on other artists and on fans.
At the start of his career, Prince worked to create a unique and dynamic professional image. He reached out to photographers in his local community, and several in Minneapolis participated in the construction and dissemination of what is now his legendary image and identity. Four of those photographers—Allen Beaulieu, Nancy Bundt, Terry Gydesen, and Robert Whitman—are showcased in this exhibition. With nearly 50 artifacts, including photos, artwork, a Prince guitar, and outfits from the Purple Rain Tour and film, guests will experience Prince at key moments in his career, from his early days to the Purple Rain tour and beyond.
A Queen Within: Adorned Archetypes
May 11, 2019 - September 7, 2019
Using the six personality types of a queen-Sage, Enchantress, Explorer, Mother Earth, Heroine, and Thespian-the exhibition explores how designers like Alexander McQueen, Joanne Petit-Frère, Hideki Seo, Gucci, Chromat, and Vivienne Westwood use their work to create a space for contemplating the relationship between dress, society, and our shared history.
A Queen Within highlights a broad range of designers - from the internationally famous to the currently emerging - resulting in a deep inquiry into the diverse nature of the feminine. Gowns, wigs, shoes, and photographs are presented in immersive environments rich in symbolism, inviting visitors to peer into the private worlds of deeply powerful feminine figures.
PLEASE NOTE: Because this exhibit is only on for a limited time, it is not included in your $5 TeenTix admission cost. There is an additional $6 cost to see A Queen Within: Adorned Archetypes!
Trace the journey of the guitar in American Popular Music through the exploration of iconic instruments and the musicians that played them.
The exhibition features nearly 20 guitars from music legends like Howlin' Wolf's 1965 Epiphone Casino, Nancy Wilson's 1965 Fender Stratocaster, Brandi Carlile's Taylor GCB, and Jerry Cantrell's 1984 G&L Rampage. The gallery also presents a timeline of significant milestones highlighting the instrument's development from the Fender Telecaster, the Gibson SG and beyond.
Guests can deepen their understanding of how the electric guitar works through a detailed infographic focused on hardware like pickups, frets, the headstock, and pickguard.
The gallery also features video that gives visitors a chance to hear the instruments in action through clips of nearly 30 musicians featured in the exhibition including Poison Ivy, Slash, Stevie Ray Vaughan, and Bob Dylan.
Infinite Worlds of Science Fiction
Packed with more than 150 artifacts from iconic films and television shows, Infinite Worlds of Science Fiction invites you to experience the incredible range of storytelling found in science fiction: from Star Trek to H.G. Wells' The War of the Worlds, from big-budget Men in Black to the Philip K. Dick-inspired Blade Runner to the recent Battlestar Galactica series.
Within a dynamic and immersive space, this interactive spacecraft will encourage visitors to embark on their own space adventure, discover new alien civilizations, scout for new worlds to explore from the ship’s cockpit, and investigate numerous alternate universes. What secrets will you unearth?
Nirvana: Taking Punk to the Masses
Get an intimate look at the history of Seattle luminaries, Nirvana, with more than 200 rare artifacts, photographs, and oral histories.
The exhibition features instruments like Kurt Cobain’s Fender Stratocaster, Krist Novoselić’s Hiwatt DR103 bass amplifier head, and Dave Grohl’s Tama Rockstar-Pro drum kit. In addition, a diverse set of objects like the Cobain-created Fecal Matter shirt and the casting call flier for the “Smells Like Teen Spirit” music video will be on display.
Visitors eager to dig even further can view video kiosks with even more information. Steve Fisk’s ambient soundtrack can be heard as fans move through the exhibition.
Fantasy: Worlds of Myth and Magic
From The Wizard of Oz and The Princess Bride to Harry Potter, Fantasy: Worlds of Myth and Magic invites audiences on a fantastical journey to unearth the inspiration behind this genre’s most magnificent creations.
Pet a dragon designed by Seattle Opera and explore hands-on installations that include world building and mapmaking. See the Wicked Witch of the West’s hat from The Wizard of Oz, weaponry from The Lord of the Rings, the battle headdress and staff used by the White Witch in The Chronicles of Narnia, and other iconic costumes and props from TV and the silver screen.
Pearl Jam: Home and Away
Get a first-hand look at Pearl Jam’s journey from 1990 to the present and into the future through more than 200 artifacts directly from Pearl Jam band members and their Seattle warehouse, including instruments, stage props, original art, and a photo op featuring the towering letters from the front of Pearl Jam’s debut album, Ten.
Multimedia installations invite hands-on interaction so that visitors can explore the tools of rock 'n' roll through electric guitars, drums, samplers, mixing consoles, and more.
Scared to Death: The Thrill of Horror Film
Scared to Death: The Thrill of Horror Film features more than 50 props and costumes from film and television including A Nightmare on Elm Street, Friday the 13th, The Walking Dead, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Bride of Frankenstein, Dawn of the Dead, Hostel, Jeepers Creepers, and Pet Sematary.
Themed gallery sections evoke the unsettling sensations associated with cinematic terror. A vampire’s lair drips with blood; zombies shamble through an abandoned containment center; and a thicket of suspended corpses frames a killer’s den. In addition, the exhibition offers extensive exhibit films, oral history interviews with the genre’s top directors, and interactive photo ops.
Indie Game Revolution
Learn how a new breed of gamers are leaving their mark on gaming history at MoPOP’s Indie Game Revolution. Featuring the stories of more than forty independent video game developers, designers, coders, composers, and critics, MoPOP presents a dynamic, immersive space inviting you to witness the present and future of gaming as it unfolds.
Hendrix: Wild Blue Angel
From his arrival in London to his untimely death on September 18, 1970, Jimi Hendrix was rarely in one place for more than a month. Wild Blue Angel: Hendrix Abroad, 1966-1970 offers a contemplative look at the period of Hendrix’s life spent on the road as he catapulted to fame.
Discover the shy genius of Hendrix through an immersive gallery soundtrack featuring rare Hendrix interview clips; Hendrix’s only passport, issued on the day he left for London on September 23, 1966; his diary, where he recounts friends, shows, and experiences from the road; an Electric Lady mixing console from the personal recording studio he used during the last weeks of his life; and other original artifacts, artwork, and photographs.
Science Fiction and Fantasy Hall of Fame
Explore the lives and legacies of the genre’s greatest in the Science Fiction and Fantasy Hall of Fame. The Hall of Fame honors science fiction and fantasy’s leading creators and most impactful creations.