Tour Guides at Ride the Ducks are incredible at their jobs not only because they’re passionate about entertaining all of you, but they truly love the city of Seattle—really, they just can’t get enough! Our Guides are always exploring and constantly on the look-out for new and exciting tidbits to share on their tours. In this enlightening blog series we call Duck Diaries, prepare to follow our Wacky Tour Guide’s adventures and experiences around Seattle—plus get some tips written by none other than the pros themselves!
Meet Hugh Manatee. He loves exploring everything Seattle has to offer any chance he gets! This time Hugh visited the Museum of Pop Culture, the colorful and wacky-shaped building right across the street from Ride the Ducks! Check out what he saw!
Museum of Pop Culture
Even on my days off from running tours at Ride the Ducks, I am still a dedicated tourist myself. With a few extra hours of sleep, I am dressed and out the door! Today’s adventure is the Museum of Pop Culture, or MoPop for short, formally known as the Experience Music Project. A name change and a fresh facelift, this multi-level, multi-sensory experience hits you over the head right when you walk in. I would enter through the West entrance, it is adjacent to the Sky Church, a two-story atrium with various new music artists playing on the largest video screen I have ever seen. The MoPop is designed for exploration; well-marked signs will lead you to various galleries, passing the ubiquitous gift shop along the way.
I made my way towards the Sci-fi and Horror gallery, as fan of both genre’s, I was thrilled to see the Hoverboards from Back to the Future II. Then, I experimented at the Scream Booth, where you are recorded performing your best horror film-style scream! The Star Trek Exhibit was up next and I was immersed in one of my favorite TV shows and movie franchise. A mock-up of the Borg ship-recharging unit was on display and I was able to look upon Captain Kirk’s bridge command chair. As I made my way up to the third floor where they house the sound lab and the traveling exhibits, I stopped into the 12th Man room and paid my respects to the Super Bowl trophy. “Jim Henson and His Imagination was the featured exhibit, and I was able to spend time with some of my most beloved icons and friends from childhood.
One could easily spend a few hours reading every display, but even breezing through I spent close to two hours walking around exploring. I would highly recommend this for locals and guests visiting our fair city of Seattle!