It used to be about the music. Not anymore.
Born The Experience Music Project, EMP has now morphed into the EMP Museum of Music, Sci-Fi, and Pop Culture. And that’s a good thing — the addition of movies, TV, and other popular culture staples amps the museum to the next level.
Here are some of the Manly Moments memorabilia currently on display:
Among the many movie props in the museum’s collection is this piece of notable manhood — the light saber Darth Vader used in The Empire Strikes Back.
Captain Kirk‘s chair from the Starship Enterprise holds a place of honor in the center of the Icons of Science Fiction exhibit. Those furry things lining the glass case? Tribbles — the small, slow-moving critters that appeared in multiple Star Trek episodes.
This T-800 skull used in Terminator 2: Judgment Day still gives me the heebie-jeebies.
Fifty-five guitars dating from the 1700s onwards line the Guitar Gallery: The Quest for Volume display — including rare Gibson and Fender models, and others played by the likes of Bo Diddly and Eddie Van Halen.
Arguably the most quoted line from any 80s flick, for the remainder of the day you’ll be repeating, “My name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die.” The Fantasy: Worlds of Myth and Magic exhibit pays tribute to The Princess Bride with a collection of costumes and swords used in the movie.
Among the 1,000 or so items in the rambling Nirvana display lies Kurt Cobain‘s green sweater from the Smells Like Teen Spirit video. Because it was encased behind glass, it was difficult to discern if it smelled like anything at all.
To celebrate what many consider to be the world’s greatest guitarist, EMP pulled out all the stops for their Jimi Hendrix exhibit. Hear My Train a Comin’: Hendrix Hits London features hand-written lyrics, smashed guitars, and some of his more colorful jackets. Surprisingly (or not depending on your viewpoint), the museum didn’t include this tribute to Jimi’s manhood. But perhaps that’s for the best for everyone.