Past Exhibitions

Northwest Passage
Northwest Passage traces the development of the Northwest music scene, from its beginnings as a small, isolated community to its status during the grunge years as the center of the rock universe.
Fantastic Voyages
Take off on a journey of discovery!
Brave New Worlds
How should we live and what are the consequences of the choices we make?
Jimi's Legacy 1970-2010
40 years after his death, Jimi Hendrix's legacy shines eternally bright — its power to move us pulls not only from what he achieved in the short time he was in the public eye, but also that unfulfilled sense of what he had yet to accomplish.
Reflections: The Mary Wilson Supreme Legacy Collection
June 11-September 6, 2010
EMP|SFM is proud to present Reflections: The Mary Wilson Supreme Legacy Collection, organized by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum.
Taking Aim: Unforgettable Rock 'n' Roll Photographs
February 6 - May 23, 2010
A dynamic new exhibition that showcases some of the most memorable photography in the history of popular music.
Gelatine Lux
November 21, 2009 - April 11, 2010
EMP|SFM is proud to present an otherworldly exhibition by noted Italian glass artist Maria Grazia Rosin.
Spaced Out: The Final Frontier in Album Covers
August 15, 2009 - January 3, 2010
Organized by EMP|SFM, the exhibition presents 117 space-age themed record album covers released between the 1940s and 1969.
Tribute to Michael Jackson
A memorial to the King of Pop, showcasing the sequined jacket and silver glove he wore when he debuted his "moonwalk."
Jim Henson's Fantastic World
May 23-August 16, 2009
A rare peek into the imagination and creative genius of this multitalented innovator and creator of Kermit the Frog, Big Bird and other beloved characters.
American Letterpress: The Art of Hatch Show Print
October 11, 2008- July 19, 2009
The exhibition highlights the uniquely American entertainment posters produced by one of the nation's oldest printing shops—Nashville, Tennessee's Hatch Show Print.
Robots: A Designer's Collection of Miniature Mechanical Marvels
May 16, 2008 - April 19, 2009
An assemblage of one-of-a-kind toy robots, collected by noted designer
Tom Geismar.
American Sabor: Latinos in U.S. Popular Music
Oct. 13, 2007 - Sept. 7, 2008
The first interpretive museum exhibition to tell the story of the profound influence and impact of Latinos in American popular music.
Innersphere: Sculptural Works by Rik Allen
Nov. 17, 2007 - April 27, 2008
In his most recent work, Washington artist Rik Allen reveals his life-long fascination with science fiction themes and futuristic imagery.
Message to Love: Remembering and Reclaiming Jimi Hendrix
Jan. 26, 2008 - April 6, 2008
Phase one of an exhibition centered on Hendrix�s guitar sound and its continued resonance; featuring two iconic artifacts, gallery walls will be a blank slate for visitors to write comments and reflections.
Yes Yes Y'all: The First Decade of Hip-Hop
June 18, 2005 - January 6, 2008
The exhibition Yes Yes Y�all takes you back to the very beginning of hip-hop.
Out of this World: Extraordinary Costumes from Film and Television
June 16, 2007 - Sept. 30, 2007
Costumes from Star Wars, Star Trek and many more of the most popular films and television shows of all time.
Jimi Hendrix
Closed August 6, 2007, the Jimi Hendrix exhibition was filled with rare objects illustrating both the personal and superstar aspects of the guitar hero.
Disney: The Music Behind the Magic
Nov. 4, 2006 - Sept. 9, 2007
Nearly everyone is aware of the influence of Disney animation and theme parks, but few realize that music is the foundation of the studio�s success.
Alien Encounters
Sept. 10, 2006 - Oct. 30, 2007
Thirty-three original paintings demonstrate how artists have envisioned alien beings over the past 70 years in magazine and book cover art.
The Art of Modern Rock
The companion exhibition to the best-selling book Art of Modern Rock: The Poster Explosion.
Bob Dylan's American Journey, 1956-1966
Few figures in the history of American popular music have reached the status of Bob Dylan.
Annie Leibovitz
Renowned photographer Annie Leibovitz's American Music; an exhibition of more than sixty portraits.
Through rare memorabilia, examples of commercial excess, and quirky expressions of fan creativity, this exhibition demonstrates the power music has to impact individual lives.
Bruce Springsteen
One of the most beloved and respected artists in American popular music, Bruce Springsteen created many of his most powerful songs about characters on the move�and often on the run.
Disco: A Decade of Saturday Nights
Disco was more than an innocent craze; it was an influential musical trend that still touches dance floors around the world.
Spanning the 1940s to the 1990s, a series of interconnected exhibitions celebrating diverse expressions of creativity and the independent spirit of rock 'n' roll.
An exhibition chronicling the first half of Nirvana's career, from 1987 to 1990, when Kurt Cobain and his band mates were ascending to a creative peak.
Artist To Icon
Forty-eight rarely seen black-and-white photographs of Elvis Presley, the Beatles and Bob Dylan before they became rock 'n' roll legends.
Paper Scissors ROCK
An exhibition exploring the last 25 years of music-related poster art from the Pacific Northwest.
The songwriting process broken down into seven distinct sections, with related interactives.
Sweet Home Chicago
Part of a series of events to raise awareness of the blues and its contribution to American culture and music worldwide.
Costumes from the Vault
Costumes and clothing from a selection of musicians, superheroes and science fiction stars�a whimsical journey into the wardrobes of the wild.

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