New EMP Fantasy Exhibit Opens


The Experience Music Project in Seattle, WA holds more than just music history.

Right now, it holds a dragon—if barely!

The EMP has opened a new exhibit, one devoted to our particular brand of geeky goodness. Fantasy: Worlds of Myth and Magic features some of the coolest artifacts to exist from the history of the fantasy genre—original manuscript pages, paintings, costumes, weapons, and interactive videos/games.

I attended opening night on Friday, April 26, 2013 along with 1500 museum members, given an early look at the new exhibit, which features some of the coolest artifacts from the history of the fantasy genre. I went at the behest of author Terry Brooks, who was featured as a keynote speaker. He also loaned several items of note, including the first several original manuscript chapters from The Sword of Shannara and the original letter of acceptance by editor Lester del Rey.

But that’s not all. Different writers and estates loaned different items of note. Here is the EMP summary for the exhibit:

From The Hobbit, The Wizard of Oz and The Princess Bride to Harry Potter and Snow White and the Huntsman, Fantasy: Worlds of Myth and Magic invites audiences on a fantastical journey to unearth the inspiration behind this genre’s most magnificent creations.

Revel in hands-on installations that include world building and mapmaking, and legendary pop culture artifacts. See iconic costumes from TV and the silver screen including The Wizard of Oz, Xena: Warrior Princess, Labyrinth, and The Princess Bride; pet a dragon designed by Seattle Opera; sit atop the Iron Throne from HBO’s Game of Thrones; and view original hand-edited manuscript pages from J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings.

I enjoyed the exhibit immensely. What is written above and the pictures posted below are only a small part of the overall installation. I have to say, the highlight for me was seeing the original letter from Lester del Rey to Terry Brooks accepting The Sword of Shannara for publication. It gives a look at how the book publishing world worked in the 1970s, a letter that has had so much impact on our current world of fantasy reading.

But there is far more there. It is definitely worth the ticket! Click HERE to learn more! If you live in the Pacific Northwest, you have to go. If you are planning a trip to Seattle, it will make your trip all the better!

Below are pictures from some of the things I loved: