Hotel Max Meets Seattle’s Museum of Pop Culture, MoPOP
In an increasingly fragmented world, pop culture is a universal language through which folks can build connections. MoPOP is both a physical space and an intellectual and emotional opportunity for people from every background to explore, find community, and recognize their own creative potential. With the help of visitors and supporters, the museum offers experiences that catalyze living a creatively inspired life.
Jacob McMurray, Director of Curatorial, Collections & Exhibits, explained to us that “We have over 100,000 objects that we’ve gathered over the last 25 years or so comprising of a large amount of material from the Pacific Northwest. But also covering a lot of territory including early hip hop, Jamaican ska rock, reggae, punk rock, Chicago blues, riot grrrl, and beyond. It’s a wealth of material and we’re only able to showcase a small fraction of it.”
Since opening its doors in 2000, in Seattle, Washington, MoPOP’s nonprofit museum has reached more than 11 million people. Their work helps preserve pop culture history for future generations, create community with engaging programs and events, and motivate future creators to innovate and inspire through their own artistic expression.
Hendrix, Nirvana, The Thrill of Horror Film Exhibitions & More
In the 140,000 square foot, Frank Gehry-designed building, the museum offers a range of exhibitions across pop culture genres. Among the mainstay exhibitions are:
Fantasy: Worlds of Myth and Magic
Meet a friendly dragon, discover your fairy-tale archetype, and see costumes from the The Wizard of Oz and Harry Potter.
Indie Game Revolution
Play the latest video games from indie developers, featuring complex puzzles and plots that challenge the imagination.
Nirvana: Taking Punk to the Masses
Experience the world's most extensive collection of Nirvana memorabilia and celebrate the music and history of Seattle's grunge luminaries.
Trace the journey of the guitar in American popular music through iconic instruments and musicians.
Scared to Death: The Thrill of Horror Film
Try to survive the most chilling horrors, like Michael Meyers from Halloween and the zombies from The Walking Dead.
Pearl Jam: Home and Away
Get an intimate look at Pearl Jam’s journey through more than 200 artifacts directly from the band’s Seattle warehouse.
Infinite Worlds of Science Fiction
Investigate alien worlds through artifacts from Star Wars, Blade Runner, Back to the Future, and Battlestar Galactica.
Wild Blue Angel: Hendrix Abroad 1966-1970
Travel alongside Jimi Hendrix at the height of his fame with intimate handwritten notes, original photos, and personal artifacts.
Science Fiction + Fantasy Hall of Fame
Dive into the legacies of the genre’s greatest creators and creations with iconic artifacts like Indiana Jones’ fedora and leather jacket.
The Art of Disney and Rise Up! — Open Now
MoPOP also features rotating special exhibitions including Heroes and Villains: The Art of the Disney Costume, Rise Up! Stonewall and the LGBTQ Rights Movement, and more!
Throughout the year (and now virtually), MoPOP offers a range of public programs and educational opportunities. You can always find out what’s new at MoPOP.org but here are some of our favorites.
- Sound Off!: The Pacific Northwest’s premier 21-and-under music showcase.
- Movies at MoPOP: screenings of pop culture favorites and cult classics.
- Through the Eyes of Art: A celebration of pop culture and the Black experience.
- Youth Programs: Everything from summer camps on improv or drag performance to sensory friendly programs that give people a chance to experience the museum with lowered light and sound levels.
- Hot Takes: A not-so-serious symposium where guests share their strong opinions loosely held.
The Museum of Pop Culture is only a 20-minute walk from Hotel Max, making it nice n’ easy to explore all the exciting happenings they have going on. Throughout our partnership with them, we also offer special packages for all the culture loving critters out there.