The Seattle Center Monorail was built for the 1962 Seattle World's Fair to provide a crucial link between the fairgrounds and the amenities downtown.
Today, the trains carry approximately 2.5 million riders every year. The monorail has become an important fixture in Seattle for locals, who use the trains during major festivals and sporting events. Seattle Center Monorail is the nation's only fully self-sufficient public transit system.
Featuring 54 of the world's most awe-inspiring airplanes - authentic and in mint condition. In the steel and glass Great Gallery, the history of aviation soars past, with dozens of full-size aircraft flying in formation six stories above. Sit in the cockpit of a real SR-71 Blackbird or F/A-18 Hornet. Board America's first presidential jet - Air Force One. Step back 85 years in the magnificently restored Red Barn®, birthplace of The Boeing Company. From hands-on kid's workshops, to fly-ins, to interaction with the people who made aviation history, the Museum of Flight has something to offer every member of your family or group. Come experience the story of flight from the dawn of aviation to the Space Age.
EMP is a one-of-a-kind music museum combining interactive and interpretive exhibits to tell the story of the creative, innovative and rebellious expression that defines American popular music. Featuring a world-class collection of artifacts, unique architecture by Frank O. Gehry, state-of-the-art technology, and exciting interactive presentations, EMP will encourage visitors of all ages and backgrounds to experience the power and joy of music in its many forms.
EMP was conceived by Paul G. Allen and Jody Patton. Paul Allen's early passion for Jimi Hendrix led to his amassing of the world's largest collection of Hendrix memorabilia, and later, his desire to share that collection with the public. Early planning soon gave way to a broader cultural mission for both Paul and Jody to create a destination for celebrating musical innovation and for inspiring young and old to feel moved by music and so Experience Music Project was born.
EMP's collection includes more than 80,000 artifacts that helped shape music history, including musical instruments (from one of the first electric guitars to those used by artists such as Bob Dylan, Bo Diddley, Muddy Waters and Kurt Cobain), an extensive recorded sound archive, film, photographs, fanzines from around the world, stage costumes, handwritten song lyrics and rare song sheets.
EMP's 140,000 square foot building includes interactive exhibits, unique artifacts and space for extraordinary live performances - all created to celebrate the past, present and future of music. You don't need to be a rock star to appreciate EMP, but you might leave here feeling like one.
The Museum of History and Industry is a private, non-profit educational organization dedicated to the collection, preservation and exhibition of Seattle, King County and Pacific Northwest history. The museum's library and archives contain 800,000 books, photographs, maps and manuscripts and handles more than 2,000 research requests each year.