I'll start off by stating that I was the VP one of the corporate sponsors of the EMP. We didn't get paid anything for having our instrument in the EMP other than some exposure for the company, which most people probably wouldn't recognize even when they got their picture taken with our instrument in one of the exhibits. I always felt that the cost was way too high for this place. $20 for adults, and now an additional $7 if you want to see the sci-fi museum. You can easily spend a whole day at this place. The exhibits are wonderful, and if you're into music as much as my family is, this place will suck you right in. They got rid of the James Brown simulator a while ago (I actually enjoyed that -- I thought that the attraction had great potential for other topics as well, much in the same vein that Disney would be doing with 3D motion, special effects, etc.). The soundlab area is fun for everybody, allowing you to learn new instruments and play. On Stage allows you to play on a "stage" and you get your picture taken -- which you can purchase of course (again, rather expensive). Those drums are sure cool in there ;) Anyways, I got the current Disney family membership for $75 which is good for a year with free unlimited admission for your whole family. Family, being defined as 2 adults and all kids under 18. This also includes the sci-fi museum as well. You also get 2 free EMP/SFM Guest passes as well. Again, I don't get paid anything from the EMP, and don't even get a mention on their corporate website. We just love music, and found that this is a great way to make this experience more affordable. Granted, you'll have to go a couple of times to get your money's worth, but with summer coming up and with a whole year to use the membership, I had to share this with you. It actually paid for itself when we took our family including the 2 grandparents (using the free passes) the first time we used the membership. I have a hard time recommending this place though, for a family outing without some kind of offer like this -- it's just too expensive for an average middle class family. If the EMP is stressing "education" like they are, they really need to be able to make this experience available and affordable to the masses -- not just an elite few.
They just dropped the prices this week to $15 for both EMP and Sci-fi for adults with kids 5-17 $12 and under 5 free!
Now THIS is what they needed to do years ago!
The Disney deal is still a great deal if you want to go several times -- you also get a T-shirt and a Disney pin and discounts at the store there as well as the restaurant.
I just added back the star I took away for a perfect score!