Experience Music ProjectA unique music museum that combines traditional exhibits with mulitmedia and hand-on musical activities, Experience Music Project is the brainchild of Microsoft executive Paul Allen and its holdings include Allen's personal collection of Jimi Hendrix memorabilia, along with over 80,000 other artifacts of the rock music era, including the earliest electric guitars, costumes and hand-written lyrics sheets.
When visitors get enough of the exhibits at Experience Music Project, they can make their own music. Upstairs in the Sound Lab, you can learn how to play a musical instrument (guided by a friendly computer), perform in front of an audience and make your own music CD.
Experience Music Project isn't for everyone, and its entrance fee is steep enough that you should consider your interests before going in. Experience Music Project will appeal most to people who grew up in the rock era and know who Paul Revere and the Raiders or Janis Joplin were. Teenagers enjoy the Sound Lab and interactive music areas at Experience Music Project.
If you don't like rock music, or aren't inclined to get involved with the hands-on music-making experiences, you may want to spend your time elsewhere.
The Experience Music Project building is as unique as its contents. Designed by Frank O. Gehry, the Experience Music Project is a freeform structure, clad in stainless steel and painted aluminum. The monorail track passes through it, and visitors in line at the Space Needle often pass their time trying to guess what it is. No matter what you think of the Experience Music Project architecture, it's a unique structure worth a closer look.
Getting to Experience Music ProjectExperience Music Project
325 Fifth Avenue North
Experience Music Project Website
Seattle Center is bounded by First Avenue North, Fifth Avenue, Denny Way and Mercer Streets. Experience Music Project is located at the corner of Broad Street and Fifth Avenue. To get there from downtown, you can take the Seattle Center Monorail, or walk north on Third, Fourth or Fifth Avenues. From the waterfront, you can take the trolley to its north end, then walk up Broad Street.
If you're driving, exit I-5 at the Seattle Center exit and follow the signs. You'll find parking lots on the Fifth Avenue side.