23 Reasons Seattles Museum of Pop Culture Is a Hidden Gem of

first_imgStay on target What ever happened to Dorothy’s iconic blue dress from the Wizard of Oz? How about Marty McFly’s hoverboard from Back to the Future: Part II? Or all the iconic swords, orc-slaying axes, and magic staffs from The Lord of the Rings? You can find them all in the odd trio of futuristic buildings in downtown Seattle that make up the Museum of Pop Culture.Hunkered in the shadow of the Space Needle, the MoPOP was originally founded in 2000 by Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen as the Experience Music Project (EMP), and designed by famed architect Frank Gehry. It’s hard to miss the billowed sheets of glossy metal draped over three cavernous blue, white, and pixelated red buildings in the middle of Seattle. Nonetheless, the museum’s incredible collection of film, television, and music artifacts doesn’t get nearly the buzz it should for a place that has everything from the T-800 Terminator to John Cleese’s helmet from Monty Python and the Holy Grail. What I loved about wandering through the MoPOP is how it’s broken up into distinct worlds. I started in the “Fantasy: Worlds of Myth and Magic” exhibit and worked my way through “Infinite Worlds of Science Fiction,” “Indie Game Revolution,” “Wild Blue Angel: Hendrix Abroad,” the interactive “Sound Lab,”  “Star Trek: Exploring New Worlds,” and “Can’t Look Away: The Lure of Horror Film.” Each section of the museum had a distinct aesthetic and plenty of nerdy graphics and interactive games to go along with an overwhelming collection of historic pop culture items from the dawn of cinema up to today.There’s a lot more to this pop culture Mecca than we can cover in this slideshow, but here are 23 of the coolest exhibits, installations, and one-of-a-kind cinematic relics I found hopping from world to world within one of my favorite museums I’ve ever visited. 11 Things We’re Looking Forward to at PAX WestInside Marvel: Universe of Super-Heroes at Seattle’s MoPOP center_img The ornate dwarven helmet worn by John Rhys Davies during “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy.<><>last_img