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
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.
Duration: 2-3 hours
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The area
Address
Neighbourhood: Queen Anne
How to get there
  • Seattle Center • 4 min walk
  • Westlake & Thomas • 10 min walk
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  • Daniel T
    Tel Aviv, Israel271 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Only if you love Nirvana
    More marketing than actual. The main highlight was the Nirvana exhibit. Hendrix is very small. Pearl Jam was closed. I was not much interested in the other exhibits and not sure why there are part of a music museum. The place is still nice, but I would say not worth the value.
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 17 June 2023
  • Janesse N
    Dallas, Texas111 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Go!
    Love this museum! I added the Hidden World's, films of Laika to the admission and it was worth every penny. See photos. Take your kids, spouses, friends. You'll have plenty to see and enjoy. Especially the Scared to Death exhibit.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 18 June 2023
  • Me and crabby Jack
    83 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Interesting and fun
    Really nice museum with interactive displays as well as a lot of variety. Happy we went. My advice to the museum: add some arrows on the floor like most have- it keeps people moving in right direction so less unnecessary congestion
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 18 June 2023
  • KCLizard
    State College, Pennsylvania592 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    ok but not a must see
    We were a bit disappointed in this museum, especially in comparison to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland. They had one theater with an unedited Hendrix jam back in the day, and they had a few TV screens with info here and there, but the educational component was thin. The sci fi section had a few cool items, but overall it also felt a little thin. Similarly, the fantasy section seemed to have one or two items for many of the best selling movies, but it was thin. The best part was the studio jam section on the top floor as one could try out playing a guitar, a keyboard or drum sets, but time was limited with the crowds. The special exhibition on hip hop was a highlight even though that is not my musical scene, but the pictures and history of the early days were interesting and new to me. They had one huge room with one screen playing a music video, but that felt underutilized as well. Overall, it felt like too much blank space for the price.
    Visited June 2023
    Written 27 June 2023
  • Nicks J
    Edinburgh, United Kingdom47 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great Music Museum
    I wasn’t quite sure what to expect from this Museum. Firstly the actual building is incredible - Frank Geary designed it and it’s amazing. The actual museum - a couple of the exhibits were closed, but I got a discount on the ticket price because of this. It isn’t cheap, but if you’re interested in Nirvana, Jimi Hendrix and the Seattle music scene, it’s a must do. Whilst the galleries aren’t big, there is a huge amount of information packed in. There was also a rap photography exhibition when I visited which was fascinating. The shop isn’t great - which I should probably be thankful for!
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 2 July 2023
  • masonsgalpal
    Chicago, Illinois208 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Expected More
    Visiting MOPOP was one of the activities that I was most looking forward to during our trip to Seattle. We really enjoyed the Hip Hop exhibit and the Grunge/Seattle Bands exhibit but that was about it. For such a large museum with so much space there really isn't much to see there and I thought the tickets were overpriced for what they offered. We only stayed for about an hour, didn't meet my expectations after paying for a family of 4.
    Visited June 2023
    Written 7 July 2023
  • Emily H
    Marysville, Washington40 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A Must do When Visiting Seattle!
    There is something for everyone at this museum. The variety of exhibits cater to all age groups. Everything is set up so you don't have to worry about small children getting too close to objects. We like to check the rotating exhibits and go when something cool comes to town. We do not normally have a problem finding parking. Added bonus is that you can park one time and spend the whole day enjoying the whole Seattle Center not just the museum.
    Visited May 2023
    Written 15 July 2023
  • Maya
    Edinburgh, United Kingdom376 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Incredible Laika exhibition- shame about the rest of the museum
    Came here specifically for the Laika Hidden Worlds exhibition which was incredible! If you are a fan of animation I would highly recommend the exhibition, even more so if you know the films. Seeing the sets and puppets from Coraline, one of my all time favourite films was wonderful. Unfortunately, the rest of the museum left a lot to be desired. All the ‘artefacts’ were crammed into tiny galleries when there was so much wasted space in the museum. The layout of the museum is so confusing and convoluted. I did enjoy the permanent collection, particularly the horror and sci-fi sections but if it had not been for the aforementioned exhibition I would have been extremely disappointed. The ticket price excluding exhibition is extortionate for what you get! It’s also with mentioning the staff need way more training particularly at ticketing and in the cafe. Our slot of entry to the exhibition was 10am which turned out to be when the museum opened. There was so queue system for everyone arriving waiting for the museum to open. By 9:50 a huge crowd had gathered by the entrance and there were no staff whatsoever to be found. When someone eventually airbed at 10 they just opened the doors and there was somewhat of a stampede to get inside. The 4/5 is mostly for the exhibit! I wouldn’t return for anything else.
    Visited July 2023
    Written 16 July 2023
  • Rob121618
    West Malling, United Kingdom517 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    A little underwhelmed
    We visited here as it was part of the City Pass. Wasn’t quite sure what to expect…difficult to describe how you would sum up….a collection of music memorabilia and artefacts from some films. If you have the City Pass, then worth a visit. Not sure I would visit again.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 26 July 2023
  • Annie KK
    14 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Neat place
    This is more than a musical tribute museum. The sci-fi and horror genre exhibits were well done with great examples of the slashers and traditional horror genre. My husband, an IT geek, really enjoyed the history of gaming! Hands on too. Also a couple of musical theaters inside; nice place to sit and take it in.
    Visited July 2023
    Written 2 August 2023
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jcchouinard
Quebec City, Canada65 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Family
It was a very fun museum tour. It has everything: Hendrix, Nirvana, Star Wars, Ironman, Playground, Superbowl ring, Videogames and Fantastic world stuff. Have a go if you are on a rainy day. Close view of the Spaceneedle too. Design of the building is what strikes out the most. Makes beautify photos to bring home.
Written 11 June 2024
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NoahandBen
Columbus, OH144 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Family
They have some really cool things I loved in my childhood. A Gen X dream. The stuff is authentic too. Mork’s uniform, Empire Strikes Back stuff, etc. loved the Nirvana exhibit. my only issue is that it doesn’t take long to get through everything. Maybe get more grunge exhibits.
Written 30 May 2024
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periwinkle22
Minnesota30 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
It was just “okay” for us. It’s a lot of reading on the walls. Felt like we were reading more than seeing, as a lot of the exhibits had several signs of just words to read. Just didn’t feel it had the wow factor and not really worth the admission price. There were a handful of interesting exhibits to see, but we probably wouldn’t visit again. If discounted admission, still a maybe.
Written 30 May 2024
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TheTravelbopper
Boise, ID45 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Family
Always an awesome to visit this place. We went specifically to see the Laika Studios exhibit for a kiddos birthday and it did not disappoint!
Written 26 May 2024
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Peter C
Barnsley, UK8 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Solo
Enjoyed visiting here always been a fan of Seattle music scene so was interesting see exhibits on this. The movie section was also decent. Spent 2-3 hours there. Also there a Chris Cornell statue outside which was worth seeing
Written 14 May 2024
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Blovesfood
Bensalem, PA647 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
The building is awesome and the curator did a great job organizing themes and displays. This isn't the kind of place I would need to go a second time. We enjoyed the horror, fantasy, and science fiction displays particularly.
The biggest downside for me was the gift shop. It was all shirts and mugs and some toys but nothing that replicated the displays. I would have loved to see postcards, canvas, etc. that displays the items in the room with items related to those who have died. Or something unique to the fantasy room. I was sad to not see anything cool to bring back with me.
Written 9 May 2024
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Stephanie
Philadelphia, PA260 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
It seemed like a lot of the pop culture was focused on historical movies and music. There was also a lot of focus on fantasy and sci fi movies, so if you’re not into that, this is probably not worth it. It was fine , but nothing to write home about.
Written 27 April 2024
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Leah N
Seattle, United States3 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
Last time I was in Mopop was when they had first opened and they had tons of memorabilia (? 15 yrs ago). I thought I would take the teenagers on their rainy spring break. My kids are very much into music and pop culture, but this was the saddest, most boring collection of junk I’ve ever seen. They were so bored. The sci fi exhibit was cool, but not worth the ticket price. The kids were so disappointed, they said the leadership should consult young people to find out what’s cool. We will never be back, disappointed in both time and money spent.
Written 8 April 2024
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Lalita N
20 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
This place has something for everyone! Music fans, fantasy fans, sci-fi fans, and animation fans. Everyone in the family had no less than two geek-out moments including the hubby and fun-cle. This was a thorough enjoyable place!
Written 7 April 2024
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Faerycakes
Stoke-on-Trent, UK220 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
We visited here recently whilst in Seattle. I was so excited to see the exhibits surrounding the grunge scene but I must admit I was a little disappointed. Other than Nirvana there didn't seem any exhibits other than mentions here and there of the many other Seattle based bands.
Also, with it being an American museum I was expecting there to be more interactive areas.
The entrance fee is also really expensive but I think that's just Seattle. It's an expensive place in general.
Written 26 March 2024
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