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EMP Museum Fall 2014

EMP Museum Fall 2014

EMP Museum Fall 2014

As I mentioned back in my PAX Prime 2014 recap, I took an extra day in Seattle after the con had wrapped up to check out the EMP Museum‘s Science Fiction exhibit. And, unbeknownst to me at the time, the EMP museum was also hosting exhibitions on Fantasy and Horror, two of my other favourite genres. The horror exhibition was especially exciting for me, so I thought I’d take a little time to share my experience with you.

Fantasy: Worlds of Myth and Magic


This was the first exhibit I decided to explore. The whole thing was organized around the ideas of archetypes in Fantasy, like The Rogue or The Iron Woman. They even had a little interactive quiz where you could find out what archetype you fit best and then at the end of the exhibit you could take a picture of yourself as your archetype and buy a poster of it. I’m clearly The Maiden Warrior… however, I opted not to buy a poster.

Even though the exhibit itself was fairly small, there were tons of little details that really made it come alive. There were armoured trees and fake straw underfoot to make you think you were in a medieval village somewhere. Some of the neatest items on display were actual manuscripts by Ursula K. Le Guin and George R. R. Martin. And of course, let’s not forget the dragon.

You can find out more about the exhibit (including more pictures) here.

Icons of Science Fiction


This part is actually part of the permanent collection at the EMP, with a small Science Fiction Hall of Fame at the end. Again, the collection was smaller than I anticipated, but it was still really cool to see so many artifacts up close, including actual maquettes from films like Alien & Superman. I was a bit of a special effects nerd as a kid (growing up during the dawn of the blockbuster probably had something to do with it), so I was having major nostalgia feels. My mom’s actually the one who introduced me to Sci-Fi and Star Trek: The Next Generation was family night viewing, which added to the feels.

Can’t Look Away: The Lure of Horror Film


This was the most unexpected exhibit and actually my favourite. I’m finding that my inner horror hound is coming out more and more lately, so it was especially cool to see one of my favourite genres treated so reverently. The exhibit was curated by a selection of influential horror directors, namely Eli Roth, Roger Corman, and John Landis and centered around 8 handpicked movies, including Les Diaboliques, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre and Suspiria. There were also awesome interactive exhibits on sound design and a screaming booth, plus lots and lots of memorabilia and props. I think my favourite prop was the original control panel used in Frankenstein (1931), but sadly my pictures of it didn’t turn out.

You can find more about the exhibit here.

Although all the exhibits were pretty small, I still spent enough time in the horror exhibit that I didn’t even have time to check out any of the music related stuff before I had to go catch my bus back to Vancouver. However, I still felt like I got my money’s worth.

If you happen to find yourself in the Seattle area I definitely recommend checking out the EMP Museum. They even have an Indie Game related exhibit opening in November.

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20 Comments

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    Jane Y.
    October 28, 2014 at 9:32 am

    Pretty neat! I love the fantasy one – would love to see some of those exhibits up close! 🙂

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      Mariko
      October 28, 2014 at 9:57 pm

      It was really cool, even if it was small. But very well designed. Just the poster art was stunning.

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    Nagareboshi
    October 28, 2014 at 10:40 am

    Wow, I would have liked to see that exhibition.
    Come to think of it, it was also my mother who introduced me to Star Trek, we used to watch it together. ^^

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      Mariko
      October 28, 2014 at 10:05 pm

      That’s so cool about your mom. My mom was definitely the resident geek in our house.

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    Sophierocious
    October 28, 2014 at 11:57 am

    I’ll make a point to visit next time I’m in town. I’m usually there during PAX and never manage to do any in-lAWS related things.

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      Mariko
      October 28, 2014 at 10:08 pm

      It’s pretty cool. I hadn’t been in years when my favourite part was the history of West Coast music exhibit. Not sure how long the Fantasy or Horror exhibits are there for, but they always seem to have neat stuff.

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    Ari Carr
    October 28, 2014 at 1:21 pm

    That sounds amazing! The horror one especially 😀

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      Mariko
      October 28, 2014 at 10:10 pm

      It was such a surprise, I had no idea and it swept me right off my feet!

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    kaycreate
    October 28, 2014 at 3:17 pm

    Everything must have been so great to see!

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      Mariko
      October 28, 2014 at 10:11 pm

      It was really neat! I’m very glad I took the time to see it.

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    Cate
    October 28, 2014 at 5:58 pm

    Oh wow this looks like an awesome exhibit, I always love seeing props and costumes up close and seeing all those little details you don’t get to see on screen.

    ♥ Cateaclysmic ♥

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      Mariko
      October 28, 2014 at 10:12 pm

      Yeah, I probably stared at that Cersei dress for close to an hour, counting each thread. The detail was just stunning.

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    Fiona
    October 28, 2014 at 8:54 pm

    Mr Pointy! he he he – man I’d love to go to this exhibition, I love geeking out over film props 🙂

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      Mariko
      October 28, 2014 at 10:13 pm

      It was such a surprise, and so much fun!

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    Jane
    October 28, 2014 at 11:14 pm

    How cool! I’d love to see it in person. So many interesting things to see, the Dalek one really caught my attention 🙂

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      Mariko
      October 28, 2014 at 11:19 pm

      Yeah, it was really striking how big and clunky that thing is. And you could see the little caster wheels it moves around on.

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    Amanda Zechar
    October 29, 2014 at 10:09 am

    Okay, this is the coolest thing ever! I want to go to Seattle now. 🙂

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      Mariko
      October 29, 2014 at 7:47 pm

      Like I said, I’m not sure how long the Horror or Fantasy exhibits will be up for, but I’ve always liked the EMP. They have a really neat take on the whole “museum” thing.

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    Joie Fatale
    November 17, 2014 at 2:20 pm

    Jealous!!!! This looks so rad!

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      Mariko
      November 17, 2014 at 5:44 pm

      I’m just sad I can’t go to the Indie Game Revolution exhibit they have on right now.

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