Paul Allen has a double blessing going for him. First, he has a ton of cash. According to some rankings, he is the thirty-second wealthiest man in America. His second blessing is that he is about as anonymous as a co-founder of Microsoft could ever be. Think about this for a second. Would you be able to pick Paul Allen out of a lineup?
So let’s discuss Paul’s money for a minute. How much does he have? He’s a part owner of the Seahawks, the Trailblazers, and the Sounders. He owns the Octopus, the eighth largest yacht in the world. And, he loves rock and roll so much that in the year 2000, he helped to open the Experience Music Project.
Never accused of being frugal, our buddy Paul commissioned Frank Geary to design the structure where the museum is housed.
So what exactly is it? I wish that I had a press pass at the time, because it was a camera unfriendly location. Inside, there are two museums: The Experience Music Project and the Science Fiction Hall of Fame.
EMP houses the world’s largest Jimi Hendrix collection as well as a wing dedicated to the music of the Pacific Northwest, along with other revolving collections. The SFHF has an extensive display of Sci-Fi memorabilia.
I highly recommend getting there while they still have the Jim Henson exhibit on display. It’s an excellent walk through the mind of a creative genius.