It was only a coincidence that a recent road trip to Seattle coincided with the official name change day of the former EMP, but the combination of free admission and a comprehensive Star Trek exhibit made attending an obvious to do.
The newly dubbed MoPOP (Seattle's Museum of Arts and Culture) still has it's original displays for the city's classic rock scene, but exhibits on science fiction and fantasy now draw their own crowds. From Star Trek and Battlestar Galactica to upcoming exhibits on Jim Henson and David Bowie, the variety of pop culture props and costumes is impressive.
Each of the rooms was well organized and despite the crush of people, I was able to see the exhibits I was interested in. If you're able to make it early on a weekday, I highly recommend getting up early and spending the time studying your favorite displays. The detail (and sometimes lack of detail) on these pieces is fascinating.
I was ridiculously excited to visit the Star Trek exhibit. I was raised on The Next Generation, so being able to see so many of the show's costumes was a thrill. Displays ranged from the original series to Deep Space Nine and beyond. You could even record your own Khan moment (worth it), crawl through a Jeffrey's Tube, or take a photo as a Borg. They even had a case of tribbles (come on).
Geek culture is passionate and is all about interacting, creating, and getting involved. I'm curious to see how the MoPOP will evolve and change with the new culture. I'll definitely be making yearly visits to the museum to see what's new!
Have you been to the MoPOP? What exhibit would you most be interested in seeing?