One of the more controversial buildings in Seattle is the EMP. The Experience Music Project was inspired and commissioned by Microsoft cofounder Paul Allen. This unusual building designed by architect Frank O. Gehry will bend your eyes away from any common understanding of structure, especially those that tip a hat to the past.
The EMP is dedicated to Jimi Hendrix and opened in 2000. It’s larger than it looks at 140,000 square feet with all kinds of popular culture exhibits, histories, and interactive installations.
Current exhibits include the Rolling Stones with 37 photographs by Jim Marshall from the legendary 1972 tour for Exile on Main St. Also, Icons of Science Fiction with artifacts from Doctor Who, Star Trek, and the Matrix Reloaded. There’s more, if you were (are) a fan of the Seattle based grunge band Nirvana you’ll find an extensive exhibit of rare photos and memorabilia, and always theres something new and/or different about Jimi Hendrix.
The EMP celebrates popular music, science fiction, and pop culture. If you come to the Seattle Center via the monorail you’ll pass literally under a corner of the building. I’m looking forward to this winter when the Science Fiction Fantasy Short Film Festival happens at the Cinerama Theater, another pet project of Paul Allen.