Seattle, City Pass, Gluten Free, and a Little Wedding, Day 5, Part 1

Today is our last full day in Seattle.  Two of my sisters asked for a ride to the airport this morning.  Since we’re headed back to downtown Seattle, and the airport is on the way, we agree (like we’d actually turn them down!)  It’s also a good opportunity to investigate the route to return the rental car tomorrow!

After the drop off, we head back into the heart of the city and find street parking before entering the EMP (Experience Music Project) Museum. Ethan and I have been looking forward to this for weeks! In addition to being a music museum (current exhibits were Jimi Hendrix, Nirvana, and the Women of Rock), EMP was also featuring exhibits on Sci-Fi, Fantasy, and Horror while we were visiting. While all of these pop culture exhibits sounded interesting, the biggest draw for me was the throne from The Game of Thrones series on HBO. I couldn’t wait to get to sit in it!!!

The Iron Throne was constructed by Aegon Targaryen, the first king of the Seven Kingdoms. He made it from the swords surrendered by his enemies. Legend has it, it’s made of 1,000 swords that took 59 days to hammer out into a throne.

“I swear to you, sitting a throne is a thousand times harder than winning one.”

“When you play the game of thrones, you win or you die. There is no middle ground.”

The museum is (in the words of one of their workers) “not very intuitive”. Meaning, there’s no easy flow from exhibit to exhibit. So we started in the Fantasy section, since it was right by the throne. Today was the day commands of “take a picture of that” flew like arrows from an elf lord’s bow (fantasy section – just trying to get you in the mood!)

I loved the “rushes” on the floor!

You are not supposed to use your flash in the museum, so it took awhile for me to find the right setting on the camera, these first few are a little dark. Luckily, I also took photos of the descriptions, since I knew I’d never remember what most of these were!

Xena, Warrior Princess

THE PRINCESS BRIDE, one of my favorite movies!

LABYRINTH creeped out a generation (but it was still pretty cool!)

More GAME OF THRONES!!!

Book manuscript

TV script

HORROR

The middle of the horror section had a lot of partitions making up little rooms, each with a television and 2 stools. On each TV ran 2 short documentary type shorts about 2 different horror films (Wicker Man and Psycho are the only 2 I can remember, but we watched a few.)

Ethan was much more into the Horror section of the museum than I was, I don’t like to be scared.  I don’t know who Eli Roth or Roger Corman are, but Ethan was loving it! So I wandered along behind and took photos when instructed.

There was a scream booth set up for you to go inside and have a scream recorded for their gallery. And there was a shadow screen to play with – I’ve seen these where butterflies land on your shadow or dots (like sand or rain) fall and you can catch them in your shadow’s arms. This shadow screen put creepy crawlies on your shadow!

Burp!

The horror section led into the Sci-Fi area next!

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