Sure traditional art museums are great, but sometimes you want to check out something that’s a little bit unique and quirky.
Enter Seattle’s Museum of Pop Culture. MoPOP, as it’s called by the locals, was founded in 2000 as a way to celebrate contemporary pop culture.
Here, you’ll find a little bit of everything from music to sci-fi, sports, and fashion all in one place. It’s definitely one of the more interesting landmarks to check out in Seattle.
In this post, we’re going to tell you what you need to know to visit the Museum of Pop Culture.
Attractions and Exhibits
The first thing you’ll notice as you wander up to MoPOP is the building it’s in. Designed by famous architect Frank Gehry, it looks like a smashed guitar. Many of the locals refer to the building as, ‘the blob.’
There is a mix of current as well as traveling exhibitions that rotate through the museum. Some of the current exhibitions feature deep dives into tattoo culture, horror films, and the world of science fiction.
The museum also has lots of interactive exhibits as well, especially those that feature music. You can create your own tunes in a multi-media sound lab that encourages play or learn all about the history of the guitar, featuring some from the legends of music.
Throughout the year, MoPOP also has a number of events. These range from special early hours for members to showings of popular movies to sensory-friendly programming for people who might struggle with lots of lights and sounds.
There are also usually specialty events that revolve around some of the traveling exhibitions too. So, if the Museum of Pop Culture is featuring something you’d love to see make sure you check the events calendar while you’re there.
Hours and Admissions
Prices range from free for members and children under 4 years to $30 for walk-up tickets at the door. The museum offers savings of a few bucks if you pre-purchase your tickets online. MoPOP often has special events or traveling exhibitions that you can purchase combined tickets for as well.
The museum is open daily from 10am with special hours that extend to 7pm during the summer, which is late May to early September. For the rest of the year, winter hours close at 5pm. The museum is closed on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.
Take a Day Trip
The Museum of Pop Culture is located in the Lower Queen Anne neighborhood of Seattle. As a place to visit, it’s a perfect destination for a daylong adventure because the surrounding grounds have a number of other attractions including the Space Needle, Chihuly Gardens, and the Pacific Science Center.
The Seattle Monorail, built for the World’s Fair, also has a stop right next to MoPop and the Space Needle for easy transportation and access.
All in all, you won’t want to miss out on taking some time to explore MoPOP while you’re in the area. You won’t regret it!