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I was never a fan of the Experience Music Project, housed in this same showy but rather ridiculous and confusing Frank Gehry building next to the Space Needle. It was overpriced and underwhelming. The EMP has now rebranded itself as the Museum of Pop Culture (MoPOP). It’s still overpriced, but the exhibits are better than they used to be. Now they have big, changing shows (for add-on fees, of course), like a recent one on Jim Henson and the Muppets. And they’ve reconceived their signature Science Fiction exhibit so that it’s quite extensive and intriguing. Also redone is the big, permanent Star Trek exhibit. If you are a Trekkie (I may be the only person in this galaxy who isn’t), you won’t want to miss it. In 2017 plans were afoot for another revamped former exhibit—this one on Horror—“with walls that bleed,” as one employee informed me. There’s still a giant screen on the main floor that runs a loop of rock/pop music videos, changing shows on rock icons, and there’s still the centerpiece artwork made of electric guitars. So all in all it’s better, but is it worth it? In my opinion, not really. You’ll save $2 if you order your tickets online; be prepared for a $5 add-on fee for special exhibitions; the tickets are valid for 7 days.