Seattle’s Museum of Pop Culture (MoPOP) features exhibits everything related to pop culture, from rock n’ roll to video games to science fiction, fantasy, horror, and more. It is a bit expensive, with student tickets costing $23. However, if you’re staying in Seattle for the summer like me and have a local mailing address, you can sign up for a Seattle Public Library card. With this card, you have free access to select museums on certain days. Free tickets are released each day, so you need to click fast to get one you want! Tickets for the more popular museums like the MoPOP go quickly, while others like the zoo are pretty open.
I was lucky enough to snag a MoPOP museum pass using my library card, so I could go to the MoPOP for free! By the way, the library card also lets you have access to many books, in print and online, and you can borrow from any branch of the Seattle Public Library system and return to any branch. Even now, I can still borrow eBooks online and download them to my Kindle from Caltech! It also gives you access to free magazines, music, and some movies, but I haven’t explored the music and movie options yet.
This is the outside of the museum – pretty unique design, right? It was designed byFrank Gehry, who also designed the Walt Disney Concert Hall in LA!
Inside the museum, the first exhibition you see is one featuring famous filmmakers, writers, and characters in pop culture.
Then, walking upstairs to the 2nd floor (the MoPOP has 3 floors), you get to the main exhibition area, where there’s a huge floor to ceiling collection of guitars. On this floor, there are exhibitions on Nirvana, Jimi Hendrix, indie games (you can even play the games), fantasy, science fiction, and horror.
The Nirvana exhibition featured writings from throughout his life, his albums, guitars, and more.
I thought the indie game section was pretty cool, but since a lot of kids were playing, I didn’t really sit down to play any games except for one which featured a cow tumbling over and over to move😂
The exhibition on Jimi Hendrix featured his guitar and all the places he traveled to, as well as notes he took throughout his travels.
Christopher Paolini’s script for Eragon!
Further upstairs, there’s a sound lab, where you can DJ up your own mixes, as well as the Marvel special exhibition. Since I got a free pass, I couldn’t enter the Marvel exhibition, but I’m sure it would’ve been cool.
Overall, an awesome museum! Highly recommend going if you ever have the chance :)
SURF, short for Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship, is a quintessential experience for any Caltech student. It is a widely accessible research fellowship for Caltech students that funds your proposed research for one summer term. While many of my classmates did their first SURF the summer after their freshman year, I sent in my first application to the program as a sophomore. As a CS major, I was trying to chase meaningful work that intersected computation with the field of neuroscience. I ended up doing a SURF at the Stanford School of Medicine that first year, studying hand gestures in children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Since then, I’ve been working in the research space of applying computational analyses to ASD.
This summer, from the confines of my Brooklyn apartment, you could find me typing away on a tiny 13-inch laptop screen. At times I was looking for answers on countless Stack Exchange pages, editing a Jupyter notebook, or making blood flow measurements on a software called Arterys. This was my 2021 Summer Undergraduate Research Experience (SURF) experience.
Almost a year ago now, I was just about to start my first Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) at JPL. NASA had sent out an email to all of their summer interns containing a social media template to announce that we had been selected as NASA interns. Excited to show my NASA pride, I posted it on my Instagram story, unaware of what would come out of this small action.
Hey hey! We’re starting a series where I walk you through my best finds for food and drinks in the Pasadena region, and in the LA metropolitan area. Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives, if you will (although, for copyright reasons we can’t call it that). As you explore your college options, I firmly believe that food and location are more important than your high school guidance counselor may lead you to believe. And I’m here to share my best finds from my time at Caltech with you.