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20 Years of MoPOP: 'Sound Lab' Inspires Visitors To Find Their Inner Musician

image of interior of Sound Lab exhibit with 20 Years of MoPOP logo

To celebrate 20 years of the Museum of Pop Culture, we're highlighting 20 of the most notable moments from MoPOP's history. For our nonprofit museum's fifth milestone, we explore Sound Lab, a first-of-its-kind exhibition that's still on display after 20 years.

With unique multimedia interactives, Sound Lab guides visitors through an exploration of the tools of popular music—including electric guitars, drums, samplers, mixing consoles, and more. The exhibition was the first of its kind—a space that broke down the barriers between player and instrument, and inspired visitors to invite their inner musician to come out and play. Sound Lab is the only exhibition that is still on display after 20 years (with several upgrades over the last two decades to keep the experience fresh and cutting edge).

"I like Sound Lab because there's no judgment," says MoPOP member Hannah Marcus. "I was in there last time I was here and I was making music and it sounded OK to me, but nobody was standing around going, 'Oh, really?' or no one to say it was good or bad. It gave me a chance to express myself in a way that I'd never done before. That was actually the first time I had done that type of music and it was really enjoyable. I enjoyed it quite a bit. It was very cool."

image of boy playing guitar in MoPOP's Sound Lab


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The Museum of Pop Culture’s mission is to make creative expression a life-changing force by offering experiences that inspire and connect our communities.