Arts & Culture

The Museum of Pop Culture (MoPOP)

The Museum of Pop Culture, better known as MoPOP, is dedicated to the ideas and risk-taking that spark curiosity, create conversation and build community. Founded by Paul G. Allen as the Experience Music Project in 2000, more than 6 million visitors have since come to MoPOP to marvel at its extensive collection of rare pop culture artifacts and cutting-edge interactive exhibitions. Although EMP’s roots are in rock 'n' roll, MoPOP presents a spectrum of themes prevalent in popular art today, including science fiction and fantasy, horror films and video games.
MoPOP serves as a gateway to cultural exploration, reaching multigenerational audiences through its carefully curated exhibits and hands-on youth development programs. Within the stunning sculptural landmark designed by Frank O. Gehry, people and ideas converge, bringing understanding, interpretation, and scholarship of popular culture to the public.
When EMP Museum opened, Paul Allen smashed a glass replica of a Fender Stratocaster and let out a shout that summed up this museum’s unique approach: “Let the experience begin!” At MoPOP, artists, audiences and ideas converge, bringing understanding, interpretation and scholarship to the popular culture experience. 

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