20 Years of MoPOP: What's Been Your Favorite Moment at Our Museum?
The Museum of Pop Culture remains temporarily closed due to COVID-19, but we're taking time out this week to honor the official 20-year mark since MoPOP initially opened back on June 23, 2000! Since then, our nonprofit museum has housed more than 100 exhibitions and welcomed thousands of guests from the Seattle-area and around the globe.
Today, on our 20th anniversary, we're sharing some of our community's favorite memories at MoPOP by rehashing several of the comments we received from visitors during May's Museum Week who answered the question: What's been your favorite moment at our museum?
Editor's note: some responses may have been edited for grammar, spelling, or punctuation
"My favorite was taking my teenage daughter to see Tacocat, Chastity Belt, and Childbirth perform in the Sky Church. My daughter is a bassist, and she was so star struck being able to chat with Bree McKenna after the show! She has also performed a few times herself in the theatre as part of AMP (the advanced program for Rain City Rock Camp) . . . Over the years, my spouse, 4 kids, and I have had so many great times at the museum!"
"The start of a memorable 12 day West Coast trip in 2015 with my son and his first of many visits to the museum. This is one of my favorite pictures of him (left photo, above). Tried to recreate it when we were out in February  (right photo, above)."
"The Pearl Jam exhibit on my first day in Seattle! I'd wanted to go to the city for so long in good part because of music, so being there, listening to it, meant so much to me. I can't wait to go back!"
"My daughter, Rachel, all dressed up and standing in front of the massive Star Trek timeline that she and her BFF, Jordan, created. Their timeline won a competition at Cornish College of the Arts and was featured in the Star Trek: Exploring New Worlds exhibit at MoPOP in 2016. 💖"
"I really liked the Women in Rock & Roll Exhibit!!! Seeing Joan Jett’s leather jacket w/protest pins that were still relevant today! Rad! And Gaga’s meat dress?!? I still can’t believe I was in the same room as the meat dress!!!"
"Me & my husband visited back in 2016 whilst in Seattle as part of our honeymoon! We saw the Nirvana exhibition. It was amazing. I loved the horror & sci-fi exhibits too! Really hope to come back one day ❤️"
"Happy 20th birthday to an undersung arts institution that does tons for the local music community. The opening weekend concerts with Metallica, Dr Dre, Ice Cube, Snoop Dogg, Eminem, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Beck & No Doubt was great! A belated 20th show in 2021-22 needs to happen."
"Volunteered for years here when it was the Experience Music Project + Science Fiction Museum. Favorite memory: leaving for the first time and thinking... wow, so other people think this stuff is cool too?"