Shit Talk Maybe This Is Old News, But…
posted by July 25 at 14:06 PMon
Apparently EMP has reduced its entry fee—from $22.95 (not counting those stupid “MEG” portable headsets that allow you to “interact” with all the dusty junk on display) to $15, including admission to the unspeakably lame Sci-Fi Museum (AKA Paul Allen’s teenage bedroom.) I found this out when I went to the Sci-Fi Museum last night to see some crusty old science-fiction writer read (not my idea; can you tell?) and ended up wandering around Seattle Center instead; EMP’s JBL Theatre, crowded with geeks in bad haircuts and women in flowing, flowery dresses, was just too depressing.
Will the cost-cutting strategy work? Who knows; the biggest problem with EMP (leaving aside its laughably dated late-’90s aesthetic) is that its exhibits are static, not experiential; “interacting” with the museums means pressing to press a button and listen to music or a prerecorded message. The “experience,” as I’ve written before, is a tremendous disappointment.