Workshops at MoPOP

Come to the Museum of Pop Culture for workshops tailored to your student’s learning goals.

MoPOP’s  hands-on, student-centered workshops link WA State core learning objectives and 21st century skills with our exhibit content. All workshops are facilitated by trained educators who are experts at connecting the themes and ideas in the gallery with fun, creative, hands-on projects.


  • $110 / class of up to 30 students with museum student group admission

Early Arrival Workshops

Start your experience before we open to the public.
Get a jump on your MoPOP day with early access options! You may now book in-museum workshops or reserve Sound Lab exclusively for your group beginning as early as 9:00am (an hour before the museum opens to the public).

  • $110 / group of up to 30



Focused on the building blocks of songwriting (stanza form, lyrics, style, tempo, tone, melody, rhythm, and texture), students will develop a personal narrative or link with themes in science fiction and fantasy.
(Grades 6–12 and University)

Voice, Body, Rhythm
Introduce students to rhythmic speech, rap, scatting, group interlocking rhythm games, improvisation, and the amazing possibilities that arise through the instrument of voice.
(All grade levels)


Building New Worlds: Star Trek Story Builder (Available now through May, 2018)
Star Trek, the iconic sci fi TV series and movie franchise, posited a future in which mankind has solved many of the issues it faces today. What can Star Trek’s stories tell us about our own society? Use the “what-ifs” that are central to science fiction and fantasy stories to start writing your own story, learn theatre skills as you act out classic Star Trek scenes, and go where no one has gone before in this Star Trek-themed class!

 (Grades 5–12)

Creating Character
Drawing on the fun and exciting career path of voice-over artists (as heard in commercials, education films and video, audio books, and video games), this class will help jumpstart your students’ skills in oral presentation by providing them the tools and strategies to more effectively communicate.
(Grades 6-12)

Hero’s Journey
Embark on a hero’s journey through science fiction and fantasy!  From Star Wars to Wonder Woman and beyond, we’ll examine the role of the hero and how to create his or her story.  In this class, you’ll think about the role art plays in society and learn Aristotle’s formula for a perfect tragedy while examining examples from MoPOP’s galleries.

(All grade levels)

Ideas spring to life in this class where students will combine the imaginative language of fantasy and speculative fiction with hands-on theater-inspired activities meant to engage a wide variety of learning styles.
(Grades 5–12)


Architectural Fantasy: Frank Gehry’s Museum of Pop Culture
Foster your students’ response to art and architecture through the description, analysis, interpretation, and observation of one of the most unique buildings in the city of Seattle.
(Grades 6–12 and University)

Cartooning in Science Fiction and Fantasy
Let your students’ imagination soar with simple cartooning skills that express character, movement, and space in a science fiction or fantasy world of their own creation.
(All grade levels)


Science of Sound
Students will discover how sound vibrations are generated, transmitted, received, and interpreted through music—and what happens when we add electricity!
(Grades 3–5)


Anthropology of Punk
Punk music – from King’s Road in 60’s London to Seattle in the 1990s – changed the rules of popular music. Trace the roots of this powerful movement while exploring the sights, sounds, and symbols of a cultural revolution and its connections to the social movements of today. 
(Grades 9–12 and University)

Hendrix: Guitar Genius
Learn how Jimi Hendrix’s musical innovations and expansions of what the guitar could do sonically made him one of the greatest guitarists of all time. Through a series of hand-on activities, students will explore Hendrix’s wildly creative use of the guitar by using effects pedals and examples of studio manipulation as well as experience first-hand musical qualities such as: harmony, dissonance, and distortion.
(Grades 9-12 and University)

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