On a recent trip to Seattle over the summer, we wanted to visit as many things as we could. We decided it would be fun to check out the Museum of Pop Culture, located right at the Seattle Center. It is easy to find, and you can visit lots of other popular attractions nearby (like the Space Needle). The building is really interesting, and you can’t miss it!
We had no problem getting there or parking. You can also purchase tickets ahead of time online, so there is no waiting in line.
There are quite a variety of exhibits here, from a Prince exhibit to a Horror exhibit. The exhibits are always changing, and I recommend checking online if there is something of interest that you want to see.
Some of the exhibits we got to see on our trip there in August 2019 included:
One of the first things we saw was this massive, very impressive column of instruments.
We checked out the video game exhibit, which had some interesting and interactive displays. The visuals in this room alone are pretty cool. The kids had fun here, but were bummed to miss out on the upcoming Minecraft exhibit (opening late October 2019).
My 12-year-old wanted to check out the Thrill of Horror Film exhibit. The kids were hesitant, but since no one was exiting screaming, decided to go in. I am not much into horror, but I took my daughter through the exhibit. It is actually not horrifying – as in, nothing jumps out at you (fortunately!). There were actually lots of films I could relate to (Alien, Walking Dead, Gremlins).
The first thing we checked out there were all the hanging “dead bodies”.
I am a fan of the Walking Dead, so I enjoyed seeing some exhibits from the show. I remembered this specific scene in particular, which is neat to see the show brought to life.
Later, my younger daughter got the courage to go check out the exhibit, at least to see a Gremlin from the set of the movie. It was fun that both of us could relate to the Gremlin film, since the movie is from 1985, and in most cases, the kids would have no idea about it.
There are of course, lots of music-related exhibits, like tributes to musicians and groups like Pearl Jam and Prince.
There are so many film and pop culture references, it was fun to walk through and be reminded of all these different characters and movies. It was also cool to see various props, outfits, and so on from different places.
The fun thing about the Museum of Pop Culture is that most of the exhibits really took me back – it was a nice trip down memory lane of all these films and music from over the years. How about these hoverboards from the movie Back to the Future?!
My kids are 9 and 12, so much of the museum contained references that they were not familiar with, but had fun regardless. Their favorites were the Fantasy Exhibit and the Horror Film Exhibit.
My favorites were the Science Fiction and Horror Film Exhibit, but I enjoyed perusing all of the different parts of the museum. This is a fun place to visit, especially with all those rainy days in Seattle!
Visit the Museum of Pop Culture at https://www.mopop.org/
You can also get a Seattle City Pass, which is a great way to see a lot of Seattle sights for a great price.
I love museums and had not heard of this one. You could definitely spend hours there combing through everything. I love how the exhibits are always changing to keep it interesting.
My family and I would absolutely love to see this museum. I would look forward to the Science Fiction and Horror Film Exhibit also. What a fun day.
What a cool building and museum! I’d love to take the grandkids. The column of musical instruments is amazing and I’d love to visit and take a trip down memory lane.
What a neat museum! My family would love exploring this. I’m all about Pop Culture. I really liked that Gremlin movie.
My family would love this museum. It looks like such a great place to go and explore. I have to look into planning a try.
OK now, this looks like such a unique museum. That statue using the guitars is incredible as well, what an interesting idea to have done with them.
I have never been to Seattle and live on the east coast so I unfortunately will not be going too soon. The exhibits were so varied and being older I would really like it.
I would love to visit this museum one day. This sounds like something my family & I would enjoy exploring for sure!
Wow! This Museum sounds really fun to visit! I’ve always wanted to go here. I will definitely come and visit!
What an awesome place to visit! Looks like a great place for the whole family to enjoy.
I have always wanted to visit Seattle because there is so much cool stuff there. I think it would be really neat to visit the Museum of Pop Culture.
I live in Victoria, BC and so we head to Seattle quite often for a getaway. We’ve gone to the Pop museum just once, so far, but your description of your time there has convinced me it’s time for another visit.
You did a great job writing about your experience there, and your photos are perfect. I’m so happy you had a great time!! Thanks for sharing!
I’m just starting to plan a trip to Seattle, so this was perfect timing for me. It looks like a fun place to visit and I know my husband and I will enjoy it.
This would be so much fun. I have a girlfriend of mine who would love this place and I would love to see her enjoy the museum! How fun.
This is such a magical place. It is surprising every step of the way. Certainly my type of museum to visit!
That display of instruments look so cool indeed. We’ve never been to Seattle, but I have always wanted to explore the city. One day, I hope.
I am sure my kids would love it. They are a little bit older than yours and just find this all so fun.
I love Seattle but I’ve only been there once. I’m heading back next Summer and I definitely want to see this while I”m in town.
Oh my goodness, this is so up my alley. I would love to see TWD exhibits, actually, I think all of them would be exciting to see. I’ll have to add this to our list when we are in the area.
I would have loved to see that when I was in Seattle! That city has a lot of fun things to do.
Oh yikes Gremlins! That movie terrified me at age 10! Seattle is on my bucket list and that museum looks like it would be a great place to visit!
I would love to visit this museum. Looks like a really fun place!
The building is so special