It’s a good thing that the Science Fiction Museum and Hall of Fame (SFMHF), located in a building listed by Forbes Magazine as one of the ten ugliest structures in the world, has more than its looks to fall back on. Originally created as a means of attracting more visitors to the Experience Music Project (EMP), the SFMHF has grown into a destination in itself. It is the first museum of its kind worldwide, dedicated to the otherworldly realms featured in television, cinema, and art.
The museum opened in 2004 under the same undulating steel and colorful aluminum roof as the EMP, the rock ‘n’ roll museum. Featured prominently in the SFM are props and memorabilia from films and such series as Battlestar Galactica, whose exhibit includes three 30-foot-long spaceships, 15 iconic costumes, music, sketches, and exhibition films from the far reaches of the galaxy.
The Hall of Fame immortalizes the masterminds of sci-fi: writers, artists, and filmmakers who bring intergalactic adventures to our movie screens and living room televisions. Inductees include legendary director Steven Spielberg, Ridley Scott of Alien and Blade Runner fame, I-Robot author Isaac Asimov, and Star Wars legend George Lucas. Each year, the museum inducts four writers, filmmakers, or artists into the Hall of Fame for their continued contributions to the realm of science fiction.
- Winter: 10m to 5pm daily
- Summer: 10am to 7pm daily
- Closed Thanksgiving and Christmas
- Store Hours: 10am to 5pm daily
- Adults: $15
- Seniors, youth, students, military: $12
- Children under 4: Free
- Metro Stop:
- Bus Stop: 5th Ave. N. & Broad St.
- Monorail Stop: Seattle Center
- Location: 325 5th Ave. N., Seattle, WA
- Phone: 206-770-2700
- Website: www.empsfm.org