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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.


Workshop Cost

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


Workshop Schedule

Workshops are available beginning at 9:30 AM and are scheduled based on your group’s arrival time. Each workshop lasts approximately one hour and includes classroom and gallery explorations.


For more information, contact Carlos Marquez, Education Program Coordinator, at or 206-262-3239.




Building New Worlds: Science Fiction Story Builder
What can stories like Star Trek, The Hunger Games, and WALL-E tell us about our own society? We’ll examine what makes science fiction stories unique, explore some common questions posed by science fiction stories, and seek out inspiration for our own stories in the Infinite Worlds of Science Fiction exhibit!

(Grades 5–8)

The Hero’s Journey in Science Fiction and Fantasy
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 common elements in hero stories. In this class, we’ll investigate Joseph Campbell’s idea of the monomyth and the hero’s journey to explore story structure and start writing our own stories inspired by examples from MoPOP’s galleries.

(Grades 3-8)



Architecture Tour: Inside Frank Gehry’s MoPOP
Explore the art of architecture as we investigate Frank Gehry and the MoPOP building!  We’ll investigate Gehry’s designs, learn about MoPOP’s construction and visit some of its iconic architectural elements, and design our own museum space using recycled materials. 

(Grades 5–12)

The Science of Science Fiction
What role does technology play in science-fiction stories and how does it inspire today’s scientific advances?  From Star Trek to Doctor Who and beyond, we’ll examine how science-fiction stories use technology to set the scene and help their characters solve problems.  We’ll explore examples, gather inspiration from the Infinite Worlds of Science Fiction exhibit, and design our own sci-fi technology that can help us resolve a futuristic problem.

(Grades 5-8)

Science of Sound
What is sound?  How does it travel, and what does it look like?  Together, we’ll investigate vibrations, pitch, amplitude, mediums, and more, we’ll explore how sound waves are generated, transmitted, and received.  Experiment with sound effects, explore sound waves using an oscilloscope, use instruments to create your own band, and explore the museum’s galleries to continue your learning!

(Grades 2–5)



Gallery Investigation: MARVEL: Universe of Super Heroes (only available September, 2018 – February, 2019)
Unleash your inner super hero as you journey through Marvel’s 80-year history!  Gather inspiration from more than 300 original artifacts including iconic artwork, costumes, and props.  You’ll assemble your own super hero team, identify a problem your team must solve (and a villain who wants to stop you!), and use an original photo to design your own comic book cover using iPads.

NOTES on Pricing: This program requires museum general + special exhibition admission and a $60 program fee for groups of up to 30 students.

(Grades 5–12)



Songs of Change

Artists have used music to bring light to social issues and injustices for hundreds of years. In this gallery and workshop program, students will examine how musicians like Jimi Hendrix, Nirvana, Woody Guthrie, and others used their music to inspire change. Like these artists, students will draw on their own experiences to craft original protest songs.

(Grades 8-12)


Bring MoPOP to you!

We have brand-new Outreach Programming for 2018-2019. 

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We are currently in the process of reimagining our music education program. For more information about the program, please contact us at

Thanks to our education and outreach program sponsors: