Museum of Pop Culture
Museum of Pop Culture
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10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
Visit a museum like no other on earth.MoPOP, located next to Seattle’s historic Space Needle, houses some of the world’s most legendary pop culture artifacts. Test your DJ skills in Sound Lab, and get the scoop on the world’s most mesmerizing producers of pop culture. Hands-on experiences, iconic artifacts, and award-winning exhibitions featuring luminaries in the fields of music, literature, television, and film make MoPOP a destination unlike any other.
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Neighborhood: Queen Anne
How to get there
  • Seattle Center • 4 min walk
  • Westlake & Thomas • 10 min walk
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  • DonnaS
    Dayton, Ohio56 contributions
    A bucket list check-off
    The Seattle experience has been a bucket list item for this mid-westerner, including a trip to MOPOP. We're museum dogs as it is, from local spots to the Smithsonian museums, so we loved seeing what the curators have decided to put out there. We went into MOPOP pretty much unbiased and curious what was there. It's certainly an eclectic collection. A must stop is the Ruth E. Carter exhibit, with my personal tip to google her first to understand her impact on cinema. The horror and fantasy exhibits are entertaining, but be sure to schedule extra time in the Hall of Fame for the interactive screen time if you're any level of science fiction history nerd, like we are.
    Visited December 2022
    Written December 10, 2022
  • Princess
    Washington DC, District of Columbia199 contributions
    Very cool museum!
    The EMP may fly over your head if you're not that into music but there's still a lot of do there. You can go on stage to sing, try your hand at being a DJ, and look at all the neat guitars. I preferred the Science Fiction museum (SFM) which splits into a horror section, science fiction section, and fantasy section. The horror section was a blast! You start your descent down a pathway of stairs lit by dark red light and a wall full of terrified/angry faces. Then you can look at exhibits ranging from Hostel to Alien to Shaun of the Dead! Over at the science fiction section, you can look at things from Superman, Men In Black, Terminator, Star Wars, and more. At the fantasy section, it features stuff from The Wizard of Oz, Lord of the Ring, Xena, Snow White, and much more. All throughout the entire museum, there are screens playing movies and music so if you feel you need a break, sit down and enjoy the show. This place is definitely crowded (both inside and outside the building). Expect to spend over an hour here if you want to look at everything.
    Visited December 2022
    Traveled as a couple
    Written December 16, 2022
  • joythemusician
    Indianapolis, Indiana56 contributions
    Spectacular & great artifacts
    I really enjoyed the entire museum. There is something here for everyone, and most exhibits were immersive. Plenty of room for photo opportunities. The highlight for me was the Nirvana exhibit and the Guitar Gallery. Everything was so well done.
    Visited December 2022
    Written December 23, 2022
  • Nicola C
    Bridgetown, Barbados17 contributions
    Wonderful surprise
    I wasn’t expecting much however what a welcome surprise. 3 levels with oceans of really interesting and well displayed info about the interconnection of music, art, gaming, fashion & culture. We all loved it especially the music lab. We stayed for 2.5 hours and only thought we’d get an hour. Absolutely brilliant
    Visited January 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written January 5, 2023
  • dctravel
    Washington DC, District of Columbia2,272 contributions
    Fun Music and Pop-Culture History
    Used our City Pass to get tickets to the Museum of Pop Culture. Glad we went. Great exhibits on Nirvana and Pearl Jam, plus a special exhibit on the photography of Hip Hop. Also saw the exhibit on SciFi. The museum does have a bit of an identity crisis. It is heavily tilted toward music, which is great, but I was also looking for more pop culture (art? something else), in addition to the music. I hope get back here again to see what the museum becomes as it matures!
    Visited December 2022
    Written January 13, 2023
  • Hermes_NL 🇳🇱
    Amsterdam, The Netherlands20,081 contributions
    World class collection of pop artefacts in unique setting
    So many interesting things to see in the museum - my favorite perhaps the original light sabre used in Starwars … and so much more. Unique building by Frank Gehry as well. Very good museum café. Not cheap as admission fees go, but worth it.
    Visited June 2022
    Traveled solo
    Written January 15, 2023
  • Natalia O
    Regina, Canada23 contributions
    Amazing and educational!
    Great info and displays on American pop culture. Rooms dedicated to Nirvana and Jimmy Hendrix with photos, clothing, instruments etc. The entire third floor was dedicated to the band Pearl Jam. Chris Cornell statue on the side of the building.
    Visited August 2022
    Traveled with family
    Written February 5, 2023
  • Jackie M
    Buena Ventura Lakes, Florida19 contributions
    Nice Experience
    The outside of the museum makes you want to go in so cool it looks. It’s a little pricey for what you get but it’s a great one-time visit type of museum. Cool facts about rap/hip hop artist. Nice display of movie memorabilia of some favorite 80’s 90’s classics. Great display of Disney movies characters and villains clothing but I think that was a temp display.
    Visited April 2022
    Traveled with family
    Written March 15, 2023
  • Tyles76
    Gillingham, United Kingdom197 contributions
    Best attraction of this kind I’ve been to
    Loved our visit. Really varied and interesting mix of music, video games and movies. Lots of interactive content, music , costumes and photos. Well worth a visit, especially when raining, like it was for us.
    Visited April 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written March 31, 2023
  • JB81ontheroad
    Halifax Regional Municipality, Canada370 contributions
    Pricey but worthwhile!
    It's a little pricey, but I thoroughly enjoyed wandering around for almost five hours - including almost an hour in the Nirvana exhibit alone. The FREE (admission required) building tour (apparently only offered on Fridays) was very worthwhile. An especially good option on a rainy day!
    Visited March 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written April 5, 2023
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Joseph P
9 contributions
Sep 2023 • Business
This museum is maybe Seattle's best museum. They have great exhibits both permanent and temporary. The Laika stuff was incredible to see in person. Last time I went, they had Jim Henson's The Muppets exhibition!
Written 2 December 2023
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ThePackedBag
Sydney, Australia4,731 contributions
Aug 2023 • Solo
What's your jam? SciFi, Fantasy, Music, Horror, all of the above? Then the Museum of Pop Culture is the place for you. Everything from The Terminator to Jimi Hendrix lives here. Prepare to spend at least two hours looking at and interacting with all of the exhibits. This is a Seattle Must Do.
Written 26 November 2023
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Gardengel-IoW
West Sussex, UK771 contributions
Oct 2023 • Couples
Interesting! The building more than the exhibits for me. Designed by Frank Gehry, so very colourful, shiny and curvy.
Not all about pop music, more pop culture, so had Sci fi and horror exhibits too. Best thing is the guitar tower with over 700 instruments including a couple of banjos and keyboards. Good section of film memorabilia though.
Written 20 November 2023
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HEC
Washington DC, District of Columbia, USA22 contributions
Oct 2023 • Solo
Fantastic museum, so many excellent exhibits. Very clean. Could spend hours there. Outside architecture alone was worth it
Written 7 November 2023
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Sarah B
Waukee, IA15 contributions
Oct 2023 • Family
Worth the few extra dollars for the Laika exhibit. Food at the culture kitchen was surprisingly delicious! Lots of fun!
Written 29 October 2023
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TerrasTravels
Las Vegas, NV454 contributions
Jun 2023 • Solo
This is the absolute best thing to do in Seattle! I’ve been here twice now. I absolutely love it every time! They have rooms where you can play instruments and sing. Also many different rooms with different kinds of exhibits. They had a special exhibit when I went on how they filmed a certain kind of animation that was really cool. It’s right next to the space needle so super easy to do both in one day! There was no line. The person who took my payment for the ticket was very nice. The scared to Death and Fantasy exhibits are really cool with props from ol movies and tv shows like Terminator, Ghostbusters, Walking Dead, Aliens, Lord of the Rings, etc! My fave! This is a must do in Seattle!
Written 29 October 2023
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Catdaddeh
Albany, OR78 contributions
Aug 2023 • Couples
An amazing array of different exhibits from movie memorabilia and rock and roll to hip hop and an amazing stop motion animation exhibit was there when we went
Written 20 October 2023
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Mark R
2 contributions
Sep 2023 • Solo
I was in Seattle for a couple of days, and a friend said she thought I'd really like this place, so I gave it a shot. Unfortunately, it wasn't my cup of tea.

The museum featured exhibits for Nirvana, which I expected, but wasn't sure what else. (I didn't research before I went, I just went on my friend's recommendation.) Other exhibits included Hendrix, Hip-Hop, Indie Games, Guitar Gallery, Fantasy, Science Fiction, Horror Movies, and the sound lab.

The only thing I really enjoyed was the sound lab. It walks you through the process of recording a song, playing different instruments, and then mixing it all together. I got a whole new respect for musicians, who have to learn an instrument, practice it constantly, and become a master of their craft. To think of what Hendrix and Cobain each accomplished by age 27, is astounding.

The only other thing I liked about the museum was the Marty McFly hoverboard from Back To The Future in the Science Fiction section.
Written 14 October 2023
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Ken S
6 contributions
Oct 2023 • Solo
Trash!! Complete waste of money and time. Hostile environment to any and all free thinking individuals. This place might as well be labelled as a recruitment tool for a cult
Written 12 October 2023
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Laura W
Denver, CO41 contributions
Oct 2023 • Solo
A little bit overrated in my opinion. That being said a lot of the exhibits was stuff I’m just not interested in like horror, fantasy, and Sci Fi. If you love those genres, you’ll love this. The guitar statue was amazing. This is a very popular attraction so be prepared for crowds. The gift shop is on par with pricing of other gift shops.
Written 2 October 2023
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