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August 20, 2012
Icons of Science Fiction
Experience Music Project Museum in Seattle Center
Captain Kirk's chair
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Science fiction fans have a major exhibition to see in Seattle. The Experience Music Project Museum is home to a continuous sequence of great science fiction exhibitions and it now offers a visual feast for fans of the genre. The exhibit Icons of Science Fiction opened in June of 2012 and is must see for science fiction buffs.
Icons is a multimedia presentation of some of the famous images from science fiction films and tv shows. It draws mostly from the extensive science fiction collection of Paul Allen who built the EMP Museum and the original Science Fiction Museum that is now incorporated within the EMP Museum.
The theme of the exhibition is the ideas that have driven the science fiction genre such as “What if we could explore the stars?”.
The exhibition features static displays, a short movie about the science fiction genre, and a fun technology adventure where you get to star in your own science fiction special effects skit.
A gallery from the exhibition
Here is a partial list of the items on display in the exhibition:
- An Imperial Dalek from Doctor Who.
- Captain Kirk’s chair from the Enterprise
- The head of a T-800 terminator robot from Terminator 2
- Superman’s suit
- Data’s uniform and communicator badge
- Uhura’s uniform from the original Star Trek series
- Yoda’s cane
- Darth Vader’s lightsaber
- A number of weapons such as Buck Roger’s 1934 Rocket Pistol and a rifle from Men in Black
It was a treat to walk around and see the props that have been employed in so many films and tv shows. Two of my personal favorite items on exhibit were Yoda’s cane and Data’s uniform because they are two of my favorite science fiction characters. Seeing Captain Kirk’s chair was a highlight because Kirk helped launch the hugely successful Star Trek empire of shows and movies.
The entrance of the exhibition--a symbol of the Star Wars jump to light speed
Another favorite is not an actual movie prop but it is a white neon tube installation at the entrance to the exhibition that is a visual representation of the stars streaking as the Millenium Falcon jumped up to light speed in the original Star Wars movie.
Enjoy your visit to see Icons and check out the other exhibits at the Experience Music Project Museum. It is a fun place for science fiction buffs and rock music fans to while away a few hours.
VISITING THE MUSEUM
The EMP Museum is at the east end of Seattle Center and is adjacent to the Space Needle.
The EMP Museum is open daily.
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SEATTLE CITYPASS ATTRACTION
The Experience Music Project Museum is an attraction covered by the Seattle CityPASS. Please click on the image below to find out about the money-saving CityPASS.
All photos are by Bill Roberts of www.DazzlingPlaces.com except for the photos of the Imperial Dalek and the Terminator skull
Imperial Dalek from the Doctor Who episode "Remembrance of the Daleks" . Photo by Erik Skaar and furnished courtesy of the EMP Museum
Captain Kirk's chair and Tribbles from the Trouble with Tribbles
Terminator T-800 skull used in Terminator 2. Photo by Brady Harvey and furnished courtesy of the EMP Museum
Uhura's uniform from the original Star Trek
An elaborate Jaffa uniform headpiece from Stargate SG-1
Detail from the above Jaffa headpiece
Life cast of actor Sebastian Shaw as Anakin Skywalker with latex makeup scars from Star Wars Episode VI
Alien spacecraft from the movie Independence Day
Darth Vader's lightsaber
Wraith Pistol, Stargate Atlantis
Martian ray gun, Mars Attacks, 1996
Ronan's energy pistol, Stargate Atlantis
Wormhole Extreme pistol, Stargate SG-1
Alien pistol, Crusade, 1999
Men in Black pistol
Men in Black rifle
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