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EMP Hours

All Exhibits & Artist's Journey

Summer Hours (Memorial Day - Labor Day)
Daily: 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 p.m.

Winter Hours
Sunday -Thursday: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Friday - Saturday: 10 a.m. - 11 p.m.
Last ticket sold: 90 minutes before closing

Artist's Journey only (Winter hours)
Sunday - Thursday: 6 p.m. - 11 p.m.
Friday - Saturday: 11 p.m. - 1:30 a.m.
Last ticket sold: 30 minutes before closing

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Museum tickets are available at the EMP ticket booth just inside the Fifth Avenue entrance, and at the KeyArena box office.

They are also available, with service fees, at Ticketmaster outlets, by phone at 206-292-ARTS and online.

  • Adults (ages 18-64) $19.95
  • Seniors (ages 65+ with ID) $15.95
  • Students (ages 13-17 with ID) $15.95
  • Military (with ID) $15.95
  • Children (ages 7-12) $14.95
  • Children (age 6 and under) FREE
  • School Groups $5.00
  • Artist's Journey (Non-Peak/After Hours) $7.50
  • Children 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult. Artist Journey: 42" height restriction.

    The following are prohibited at EMP: photography, videotaping, food and beverages in exhibit areas, cellular phone use in exhibit areas and smoking.

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    Joining EMP

    Membership: Charter members can get into the museum for free an unlimited number of times throughout the year but during the summer they must make ticketing arrangements through Ticketmaster to reserve a time to visit. When you go to an outlet to reserve and pick up your tickets, you need to bring your ticket code (which you should have received in a recently mailed letter) and photo ID. Memberships costing less than $100 are fully tax-deductible, the rest are at least 70 percent deductible.

    Service fees: When charter members reserve tickets, they do not have to pay Ticketmaster service charges. However, if they also purchase tickets for nonmembers, service fees will apply to any nonmember tickets unless they are purchased from the box office at KeyArena.

    Levels: Memberships range from $45 ($35 for students and out-of-towners) to $5,000, and the perks increase with the price. The basic membership is Acoustic, $45 for an individual or $60 for two adults who share a residence. It gets you unlimited free access to the museum with express admission through a members' entrance; a 10 percent discount on EMP merchandise; and advance notice and ticket purchase opportunities for EMP events and other perks.

    Electric Family: At $100, the membership tier for broods includes the same access as a dual Acoustic plus access for your kids under 18, two free single-use guest passes, and up to 25 percent discount for EMP guest lectures, concerts, films and other special events. For $50 more, your family moves up to the Talent Scout tier, which includes two additional single-use guest passes, two invitations to EMP backstage events and recognition in EMP's Feedback magazine.

    Superstar: At the upper-crusty, chi-chi end of the membership ladder is the $5,000 Superstar Tier. Among other things, you'll get valet parking, complimentary tickets for two to any EMP-sponsored event, a pair of tickets to EMP's annual Gala celebration and the opportunity to reserve EMP's Blue Lounge for private parties. That, and bragging rights to all your friends.

    For more information about membership to the EMP visit their Web site.

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    Driving Directions

    From I-5 North or South
    Take exit #167 and follow the directional signs to Seattle Center (right on Fairview Ave., left on Valley St., Valley turns into Broad St., turn right on Harris St.). EMP will be straight ahead on Fifth Ave.

    From Washington State Ferries
    Head North on Alaskan Way or Western Ave., turn right onto Broad St., left on Fifth Ave. N. EMP will be on your left.

    Click here for a map.

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    There are seven lots and street parking surrounding EMP and the Seattle Center Campus. The largest lot in close proximity to EMP is the Fifth Ave. Parking Lot located at Fifth Ave. & Harrison St.

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    Additional Transportation Information

  • Seattle Center Transportation & Parking Hotline: 206/233-3989

  • Metro Transit: 206/553-3000

  • Seattle Center Monorail: 206/441-6038

  • Highway Conditions/Washington Dept. of Transportation: 800/695-7623

  • Seattle Bicycle Program & Maps: 206/684-7583

  • Amtrak: 800/872-7245

  • Washington State Ferries: 800/843-3779 (automated) or 888/808-7977 (voice)
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