Museum of Pop Culture

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325 5th Ave N

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Set in the eye-popping complex designed by architect Frank Gehry, the Museum of Pop Culture celebrates rock in a myriad of ways, though the museum is not limited to music only. Exhibits like "Nirvana: Taking Punk to the Masses" and "Pearl Jam: Home and Away" are excellent and comprehensive looks at these two iconic music phenoms, while the Sound Lab allows visitors to jam on electric guitars, drums, samplers, mixing consoles and more in this interactive area. The Science Fiction and Fantasy Hall of Fame exhibit features artifacts from sci-fi literature, film, television and art, including the pieces from "Raiders of the Lost Ark" and "The Empire Strikes Back."

According to recent visitors, the interactive exhibits appeal to a variety of ages, and the museum is worth spending a couple of hours exploring. Those traveling with teenagers in particular said the museum provided quality entertainment for that fickle age group.

The museum is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 or 7 p.m., depending on the season. General admission tickets cost $28 for adults and $19 for children ages 5 to 17. You'll shave $2 off the admission price by purchasing your tickets online in advance. If you purchased a Seattle CityPASS, your museum admission is included in the pass. The museum, which is located on the Seattle Center Campus, is accessible via bus or Monorail. There is also plenty of street parking. For more information, visit the museum's website.

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Since 1907, this bustling market near the downtown waterfront has been the go-to place for local produce. Today, you can find almost everything, from local artwork to vinyl records. Plus, the flower market is a particular must-see, according to reviewers. Though Pike Place Market is one of the most tourist-heavy attractions in Seattle (plan to run into crowds, especially during the weekend) that's no reason to scratch it off your to-do list. Recent visitors said the abundance of vendors and lively atmosphere make it an experience you shouldn't pass up, no matter how busy it gets. 

The streets surrounding Pike Place Market are peppered with restaurants and coffee shops, and there's an information booth just west of the marketplace at First Avenue. If you want a little help navigating the massive market, guided tours and food tours are available from third-party companies. You can find a list on the market's website here.

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