The countdown is on for the release of the new Star Wars movie, at least in our family. Yes, we were one of the millions who bought our tickets back in October. Why wouldn’t we be?

We’re kind of hooked on sci-fi and fantasy. From BLADE RUNNER to THE PRINCESS BRIDE, LORD OF THE RINGS to HARRY POTTER, we love it all. So when we heard about the Star Wars exhibit at the EMP, we didn’t let a six hour car ride stop us from going. (We’ve driven 22 hours straight from Los Olivos, CA to Rathdrum, ID so trust me – six hours was a piece of cake!)

The Experience Music Project was founded in 2000 by Paul Allen of Microsoft so it’s not surprising that it’s a total geek paradise. Permanent exhibits include things like David Bowie’s Goblin King outfit and masks from LABYRINTH, Susan’s bow and arrow from THE LION, THE WITCH AND THE WARDROBE, the sword and glove of the six-fingered man in THE PRINCESS BRIDE, and a dalek from DOCTOR WHO. As someone who still appreciates grunge, one of my favorite exhibits celebrates the members and the music of Nirvana. Another display pays tribute to Seattle’s first big name rocker, Jimi Hendrix.

We were lucky enough to visit during the last weekend of the special Star Wars exhibit and it was wall to wall people. But braving the crowds was totally worth it to get a close up glimpse of so many iconic costumes and props from the six Star Wars movies. Slave Leia, Darth Vader and Chewbacca were all there in life-size glory. They had one of Princess Amidala’s weighty costumes and videos showing the thought processes and actual construction of some of her outfits. The exhibit will be visiting 12 cities, no doubt to help promote THE FORCE AWAKENS. Because not enough people know that it opens this week… 🙂

The whole museum was amazingly cool. We spent hours geeking out over the Sky Church, the guitar gallery and the incredible exhibits, not to mention all the memorabilia in the gift shops. We couldn’t get to it all.

So we bought a membership. Because EMP is definitely a place we’ll be going back to. It’s just one more thing to love about the Pacific Northwest.