The Experience Music Project (EMP) was built in 2000 and is one of the interactive museums in Seattle Center. It portrays not only the local music scene of today, but also its history. Since Jimmy Hendrix was a Seattle native, a special gallery is devoted to him. Many of his old guitars have found there way to the museum. So have the guitars and materials by Kurt Cobain, Queensryche and others.
In the lobby, the huge guitar sculpture welcomes visitors to the world of music.
The second floor is really the heart of the museum. The sound lab offers learning sessions in the major rock instruments and one can have his own concert in a real studio.
In 2004, the Science Fiction museum was integrated into the building. Since I am currently taking a class on Science Fiction, I could not miss this opportunity. While the museum has a pretty nice collection of magaines, books and movie artefacts, it is not extraordinarily interesting for poeple who don't identify with Science Fiction. The rather open definition of SF that it seems to be based on, makes it easier for non-Trekkies to appreciate the exhibition.