The Chamber is proud to present Museum of Pop Culture (MoPOP), as its Feature Member for the month of April.
MoPOP opened at the Seattle Center in 2000 as the EMP (Experience Music Project) and has been popular with both locals and tourists alike. So why the name change?
“Over the years, the museum’s exhibitions and programs Have evolved, representing more diverse forms of pop culture including science fiction, film, television, video games, fashion, sports, and more,” says Anita Woo, Senior Manager, Media Communications. “The name change to MoPOP last year reflects the evolution of the museum and who we are today.”
MoPOP is a place for fans, artists, multigenerational audiences to come together and celebrate pop culture through our immersive exhibitions and public programs,” Woo says. “In addition to our exhibits, we produce a variety of events throughout the year from the Seattle Mini Maker Faire to Sound Off! Battle of the Bands for musicians 21 and under.”
One very dedicated and enthusiastic member of the museum staff is Carolyn Nicolls, Visitor Services Team Lead. Carolyn was one four people selected by Visit Seattle as Seattle’s 2016 Tourism Ambassador of the Year. What's her favorite part of her job? Carolyn is quick to smile and say, "I really love the private tours I conduct with the Make a Wish Foundation."
MoPOP's location at the Seattle Center makes it an ideal destination for thousands of visitors each year, from every corner of the globe. A focus on contemporary pop culture allows the museum to install a variety of unique exhibits for visitors of all ages to enjoy.
While no doubt the museum has its share of visitors from around the state, the country, and indeed the world, who revel in the amazing exhibits and displays, MoPOP is also very much a part of the local community.
In fact, the museum has a number of youth and education initiatives that provide young artists with mentorship, performance, and career building opportunities. For example, its Community Access Program enables individuals experiencing financial, physical, or social barriers to visit the museum.
Woo adds that the museum has a number of upcoming programs and exhibitions that is sure to appeal to a wide variety of audiences and age groups, including:
- Campout Cinema: Raiders of the Lost Ark, April 14
- Pop Conference, April 20-23
- Jim Henson: Imagination Unlimited, May 20
- David Bowie: Starman, July 1
For more information on any of the museum's upcoming exhibits and events, visit MoPOP.org. MoPOP has been a member of the Queen Anne Chamber since 2014.