Almost everyone reading this blog is really interested in fantasy or horror, or both. Magical creatures, supernatural, myths, legends and spooky stories. Now, imagine a place where you can explore in real life the history of fantasy and horror, as well as the history of music, a place where you can find out more about literature and art, walking into a huge fantasy art salon or a gallery, with imaginative depictions of other worlds, from The Wizard of Oz to Harry Potter; this place really exists!
The EMP museum in Seattle is a structure made of several electric guitars sliced into pieces and used as building blocks to create a structure that evokes the history of rock ‘n’ roll, designed by internationally acclaimed architect Frank O’ Gehry, reminding the audiences of the evolution of music and culture.
This is one of the most amazing museums in the entire world! EMP has a rich collection of pop culture content and the purpose of the museum is to inspire creativity to everyone and to create a positive change in the society, as well as inform and pay tribute to different genres, such as fantasy, science fiction and horror literature and art in general.
Here you can view an original manuscript page from Game of Thrones, several weapons used in The Lord of the Rings movies, and real costumes from The Chronicles of Narnia, among other things. You really lose track of reality here and you enter into another world.
But, if you’re more interested in horror, the EMP museum offers an exhibition where you can learn more about how horror is expressed through cinema, biology, history and contemporary culture; you will not be disappointed: in fact, you can find the original axe from The Shining here, the Nighthawk stake from Buffy the Vampire Slayer and the artifacts from Alien. Plus, three horror experts and iconic horror directors, Roger Corman, John Landis and Eli Roth, have made a selection of the best cinematic horror from its origins, until today.
If you’re interested in music as well, at EMP you can find an exhibition called Nirvana: Taking Punk to the Masses, where you can explore the story through many objects and music, of one the most iconic groups and musical artists in the world: more than 150 instruments, artwork, photographs, albums, films and much more, this is the world’s most extensive exhibition of memorabilia celebrating Nirvana.
Here is the link to EMP’s website, where you can find more info about this beautiful cultural place.