Why You Need To Visit MoPOP, The Museum Of Pop Culture

Meet MoPOP, The Museum You'll Never Shut Up About

MoPOP, the nonprofit museum located in downtown Seattle, is a must-go for all music and movie lovers.


When it comes to seafood, art and unforgettable views, Seattle is doing something right. With such a vibrant culture and music history, the Emerald City is the perfect home for a museum dedicated to all things popular culture.

As soon as I set foot into the artfully designed building located next to the world-famous Space Needle, my jaw dropped and stayed that way until my friend and I returned back to the cold, windy air of Seattle's streets hours later. My experience at the Museum of Pop Culture left me speechless and wanting more.

Main entrance to the Infinite Worlds of Science Fiction exhibit at the Museum of Pop Culture. Amanda Marvin

Upon entering the array exhibits, I was propelled into my childhood when I spotted a gremlin prop that laid protected in a glass box. Dorothy's checkered dress from The Wizard of Oz in 1939 was filled by a mannequin next to the other characters' costumes. Jimi Hendrix's electric guitar that he used during Woodstock Music and Art Fair in 1969 presented itself stylishly. The Walking Dead's memorable necklace of ears was displayed gloriously just four inches from my face. There was even an exact replica of Pearl Jam's recording room where they played some of their most legendary songs.

Jimi Hendrix used this guitar to perform "The Star Spangled Banner" at the Woodstock Music and Art Fair in 1969.Amanda Marvin

I have never fangirled so many times in a night. I was in heaven.

Along with some of the exhibits, there are interactive aspects that allow you to enjoy the featured video games in the Indie Game Revolution exhibition and play instruments in the Sound Lab.

The Museum of Pop Culture, or MoPOP, is ideal for those of you with an appreciation for art, music and the theater.

The notable necklace of ears Daryl Dixon wore during the fifth episode of season two of The Walking Dead. Amanda Marvin

With its changing display, members of all ages can visit multiple times to see new material while first-timers are guaranteed an unforgettable experience.

Look to mopop.org to plan your visit to my now-favorite place.

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10 Times Cristina Yang Gave Great Advice For College Students

Quotes and advice from Dr. Cristina Yang of "Grey's Anatomy" to get you through the ups and downs of college life.

1. "Oh, screw beautiful, I'm brilliant. If you want to appease me, compliment my brain. Pretty is not enough. I want to be great."

In movies and TV shows, college is mostly portrayed as hanging out on the quad and going to parties, but there is so much more to college life. It's a time to focus on what's important — schoolwork.

2. "If you want crappy things to stop happening to you, then stop accepting crap and demand something more."

In order for things to change, you have to take action. You have to take control of your life and make the decisions that will bring you happiness.

3. "Have some fire. Be unstoppable. Be a force of nature. Be better than anyone here, and don't give a damn what anyone thinks. There are no teams here, no buddies. You're on your own. Be on your own.

College can be cutthroat and competitive. You have to be strong, stand up for yourself and know what's best for you. Your best advocate is yourself.

4. "I can't go. We have to dance it out. That's how we finish."

Sometimes, what you need is to turn on your favorite song and just dance it out alone, or with a friend.

5. "You're my person. You will always be my person."

Find your person in college who can be your go-to for anything and everything. You can cry with them over bad grades, tell them exactly what is on your mind, but also be honest about everything with them. It is amazing how good it can feel to get things off of your chest.

6. "It'll hurt. Every time you think of her. But over time, it will hurt less and less. And eventually you'll remember her and it will only hurt a little."

Whether it's a friendship that didn't work out, a relationship that ended or a loved one that passed away, there's going to be some time in college when you lose someone. The hurt that you feel is inevitable, but it won't last forever.

7. "Don't let what he wants eclipse what you need. He's very dreamy, but he's not the sun. You are."

You may be in a relationship in college and that is great! But make sure you can realize when someone may be holding you back or keeping you from realizing your true potential.

8. "Whenever we think we know the future, even for a second, it changes."

You have choices in college. Those choices may seem frightening, whether it's about your major, class schedule, trying a new club or activity or even something like joining a sorority, but it's up to you to find the courage to make the choice.

9. "Find hope where there seems to be absolutely none at all."

There are periods of time or full semesters when it feels like there so much to do. You're at the library late into the night or early morning every day. You have assignment after assignment due back to back. It feels like you have exams every day. It feels like there is a never-ending stream of work and you feel hopeless. But there's always that shining ray of hope — maybe, just a glimmer of hope, but it's there. You have to find the positives in your situation and run with them. If Cristina Yang could do it, you can do it.

10. "If there's no food, I'm going home."

Food is an important part of college life. Treat it like it is. Relationships are built over meals in the dining halls, coffees at the campus coffee shop and trips to the Cup. Make the most of your times with friends and food.

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10 Bands That Prove The Best Rock Music Comes From England

Real rock comes from England, and no one can convince me otherwise.


Whether you like your rock and roll hard, indie, or punk, there is one common ground among them all: that the greatest rock bands come from England.

Here are 10 bands that prove that the best rock bands come from England:

1. The Smiths

The Smiths were an English rock band that formed in 1982.

With Morrissey's deep vocals, melancholy lyrics and Johnny Marr's electric riffs, each song by The Smiths is crafted into pure perfection.

The Smiths are a band that will surely make you dance, cry and sing all at once.

2. Oasis

Oasis was a rock band from Manchester that took over the UK in the '90s. Brothers Liam and Noel Gallagher are the heart of this wonderful rock band. Each Oasis is filled with immense emotion, heart, and breathtaking guitar riffs.

Noel Gallagher is a true poet, and it's no wonder "Wonderwall" has stuck around for so long.

3. The Stone Roses

The Stone Roses were formed in 1983 in Manchester. Ian Brown's vocals completely mystify each song and you won't be able to stop listening, I promise.

The Stone Roses sing the type of music that you listen to as you gaze upon the night sky.

4. Joy Division

Joy Division was formed in 1976. Joy Division's songs give off many punk-rock vibes that you will not want to stop listening to. Not to mention it feels like everyone has their merch for some reason.

5. The Cure

Two words: Robert Smith.

6. Radiohead

Radiohead is a band that formed in 1985. They are most widely known for their song, "Creep." While they aren't as wide-spread today there are definitely some die-hard fans still out there today.

7. The Rolling Stones

I mean, if you don't know who Mick Jagger is at this point, you had to have been living under a rock. The Rolling Stones are iconic and they're still selling out shows today. Their music spans generations, and for good reason.

8. The Clash

The Clash was formed in London in 1976. These legends define punk rock in its greatest form. If you like punk rock even a little bit, you definitely need to see where it got its start.

9. Pink Floyd

Pink Floyd is one of the most iconic rock bands from England.

Their psychedelic tunes have dominated the world by storm and they continue to capture the hearts of many, regardless of their age.

10. The Beatles

The Beatles are undoubtedly one of the most influential bands from England.

They have many classic tunes that are engraved eternally in the hearts of many. So many people love them, and even if you don't love them, you have to like them at least a little bit. Their lyrics are clever and each of the members are so iconic in their own ways.


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