The Science Fiction Museum and Hall of Fame (SFM) is the world's first museum devoted to the thought-provoking ideas and experiences of science fiction. SFM's exhibitions promote awareness and appreciation of science fiction literature and media while encouraging visitors to envision new futures for humanity. In the Science Fiction Hall of Fame, the museum pays homage to the most respected of science fiction practitioners writers, artists, publishers and filmmakers. Some of the leading exhibits currently on display at SFM include Avatar and Battlestar Galactica. The museum is connected to the Experience Music Project or EMP.
Since EMP opened in 2000 and SFM in 2004, EMP/SFM has welcomed more than 4.5 million visitors through its doors. From its museum planning stages in 1998 through 2009, EMP/SFM has been a key economic driver among Seattle nonprofit arts and culture organizations, with combined EMP/SFM institutional expenditures and EMP/SFM audience-member spending resulting in $651 million dollars of local economic impact. EMP/SFM is housed in a 140,000 square foot Frank O. Gehry-designed building. This spectacular, prominently visible structure has the presence of a monumental sculpture set amid the backdrop of the Seattle Center.
Both areas are open daily from 10 am to 5 pm. The SFM gift shop is also open when the museum is open for business.