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Experience Music Project in Seattle

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A June 2000 trip to Seattle by Tavia

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Quote: My boyfriend Rick and I were lucky enough to be in Seattle the weekend of the grand opening of the Experience Music Project museum. We'll take you inside and show you why, for music lovers, it's a must-see of the Pacific Northwest.

Experience Music Project in Seattle

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The architecture, the technology, the pop culture artifacts that have been collected and displayed here, as well as the details imparted about them make it more than worth it to pass hours and hours at the EMP. It is designed by Frank Gehry and the brain child of Paul G. Allen (Bill Gates' childhood friend, cofounder of Microsoft and guitar-o-phile). It's a great rainy day thing to do, and since it's always raining in Seattle, you're set!Quick Tips: Buy tickets in advance to avoid waiting in long lines. This is a great place for a date, as it stays open late (11 pm in the summer and all weekends).Best Way To Get Around: You'll have to walk around this museum, but you can take the...Read More

Inn at Queen Anne

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Hotel | "Inn at Queen Ann"

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Lemme tell ya'', for the price this joint cannot be beat. Seattle is an expensive city if you are planning on paying for your own accommodation. But, this hotel is perfect for extended stays or for one night, like I did. The rooms are actually studios, with mini kitchens (including pots, pans, silverware and plates) available. Cooking your own meals is a great way to save money, if you are not into sampling local cuisine (which you should be as Seattle has a highly respectable restaurant selection). The bed was comfortable, the staff was helpful, the room was very clean (although small), there are little gardens out front and out back which are nice places to sit if it''s not raining. Plus, it''...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on December 30, 2000

Inn at Queen Anne
505 First Avenue North
Seattle, Washington 98109
206-282-7357

EMP Museum at Seattle Center

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EMP Museum at Seattle Center Photo, Seattle, Washington
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It's an excellent space, full of memorabilia and relics from rock and roll history as well as creative spaces for aspiring musicians (us visitors to the EMP). Plus, as an added bonus, the backing of Microsoft and Paul Allen have influenced the design of this place -- it's a high-tech, interactive museum where you can design your own music experience. You lead yourself through the museum with your own personal MEG (Museum Exhibit Guide) which hangs over your shoulder like a messenger bag, is about the size of a car radio, and has a remote attached to it. If you see a artifact in the museum that piques your interest, aim the remote at the artifact and your MEG will tell you (you're wearning earphones...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on December 30, 2000

EMP Museum at Seattle Center
325 Fifth Ave North
Seattle, Washington 98109
(206) 770-2700

EMP Level 1

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Level 1 You enter on this level, and the entrance is pretty cool. They are playing excellent music (rock of course) and the ceiling sweeps way up, with a huge brass sculpture hanging from it, way above your head. You check your coat, get on line, and get your MEG (described in my Museum entry). This can take a while depending when you go, so the music and the video screen above you help pass the time. As you use MEG throughout the museum, you can bookmark your favorite bits of information and the head to the compact digital lab (an online resource) to learn more. I'm pretty sure you can also go online to their website from your home or office later on and log in with your personal ...Read More

EMP Level 2

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Level 2 The most interesting exhibits on this floor is definitely the Hendrix gallery, which is basically a visual biography of Jimi Hendrix and features a shard of the guitar he smashed up at the Saville Theater in London in 1967, as well as the guitar on which he played the Star-Spangled Banner at Woodstock. Even visitors who are not fans of Hendrix will come to realize his genius after moving through this aprt of the museum. The MEG audio tour is amazing, as well. I also enjoyed the Northwest Passage, which leads you through the history of rock and roll in the Pacific Northwest. It's goes into the evolution of Punk Rock, blues, Rap (this was really interesting and taought me a lo...Read More

EMP Level 3

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Level 3 Going up the stairs/excalator to the third level you are treated with a great view of a towering flame-like sculpture formed of old, discarded electric guitars and other instruments. It's called "Roots and Branches." This is truly a sincere and immense homage to the evolution of Rock and Roll. It's compelling, I went up and down a few times to get different looks at it. Here you will find the Sound Lab, which is where I found the longest lines. They have little modules set up all over the place, with instruments at each one. You step up, and a video monitor shows you how to paly simple chords, beats, rhythms, etc on keyboards, drums, guitars etc. It's definitely fun, and a...Read More