Our city’s six months of little or no sunshine might dissuade people from visiting Seattle, but there’s plenty to do under cover here. We took a rainy afternoon off to revisit the Experience Music Project (EMP) at Seattle Center, in part because we hadn’t been there in a few years, but mostly because the man of the house loves Hello Kitty®. Yes, you heard that right. Innkeeper’s husband, Mike, has loved Hello Kitty® for decades, and it just so happens that the EMP is hosting Hello!: Exploring The Supercute World of Hello Kitty® through May 15, 2016.
The two-level exhibit tells you all you need to know (and more) about how and why Hello Kitty® came to be – 40 years ago. If you’ve ever visited a Sanrio store, you might think that you’ve seen all of the Hello Kitty® paraphernalia in existence. Not so. I think it’s at the EMP. Accompanying the show are also some interesting perspectives in art – all related to the little darling herself, of course. Definitely informative, charming, and cheery on a dreary day.
If, however, music or science fiction is more your thing, there’s plenty of that at the EMP. Immerse yourself in music originating from the Pacific Northwest by getting the Jimi Hendrix experience, or by following the brief but ground-breaking history of the band Nirvana. You can even make your own music or dance in front of the giant video screen in the main hall. Sci-fi fans can ogle countless artifacts from TV shows and movies of that genre, and Fantasy followers can explore the making of such at Fantasy: Worlds of Myth and Magic.
It’s easy to get to the EMP from 9 Cranes Inn by bus, car, or other means. Winter hours are 10-5 and you can save $3 off of the normal $25 ticket by ordering online (tickets can be purchased up to 90 days ahead).