James Cameron to Bring AVATAR to Seattle

Without a doubt, James Cameron’s AVATAR has made a huge amount of history. It has broken ground with stunning visual effects, and broke the 3D barrier wide open on a cinematic fad that was sure to fade back into obscurity without the groundbreaking work. Now, the  Experience Music Project|Science Fiction Museum will add yet another dimension to the most successful film of all time.

From the official Press Release:

EMP|SFM and Twentieth Century Fox Consumer Products Announce
Global Premiere of AVATAR: The Exhibition Scheduled to Open in
Seattle on June 4, 2011

SEATTLE, WA – Fans of AVATAR, the highest grossing film of all time, will have a chance

to get a first-hand look inside the spectacular world of Pandora through AVATAR: The

Exhibition which will open at Experience Music Project|Science Fiction Museum (EMP|SFM)

in Seattle on June 4, 2011. Developed in partnership with Twentieth Century Fox Consumer

Products and James Cameron’s Lightstorm Entertainment, AVATAR: The Exhibition will

feature authentic props and costumes, interactive displays, concept models, and sketches

from the blockbuster film.

“The exhibition is going to be a unique opportunity for people to learn more not only about

how the film was made, but also experience Pandora in a much deeper way. Fans will

be able to see in-person the workmanship behind the film, whether it’s how scenes are

captured; or how a Na’vi costume was built first as a real world garment then produced

digitally,” said director James Cameron. “It’ll create a tactical reality that’ll be a good

companion to having seen the movie.”

AVATAR: The Exhibition will include elaborate displays of artifacts and props such as the

actual AMP (Armored Mobility Platform) suit used in the combat scenes, soldier uniforms,

and the original, hand-made models of the Na’vi characters and their wardrobes. Visitors

will get to step into Cameron’s role as director and experience the process of creating

a film like AVATAR through a series of interactive installations that demonstrate the

groundbreaking usage of motion capture, virtual and 3-D technologies in film. The creation

of Pandora will also be explored, revealing the science behind the universe, the creatures,

the plants and origins of the Na’vi culture.

“We’re honored to work with James Cameron and debut AVATAR: The Exhibition at our

museum in Seattle,” said Brooks Peck, Associate Curator at EMP|SFM. “AVATAR completely

revolutionized filmmaking, advancing production technologies and processes, and forever

changing how we watch movies. In the exhibition, we’ll bring to life the imagination of

AVATAR as well as the technological innovations Cameron mastered to capture the magic


Robert Marick, Executive Vice President of Fox Consumer Products added, “This installation

continues an effort on behalf of Fox to bring the AVATAR experience to life off the screen.

The exhibit will be a true tribute to the amazing world created by James Cameron and to the

fans that celebrate it.”

AVATAR: The Exhibition will run in Seattle through September 3, 2012, and then travel to

other major arts and cultural institutions in the U.S. and abroad.

Winter hours September 7, 2010 – May 30, 2011, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Summer hours May 31, 2011 – September 5, 2011, 10 a.m.-7 p.m.

$15 for adults; $12 for youth (ages 5-17), students, military and seniors; free for members
and children under 5

325 5th Avenue North, Seattle, WA 98109
206-770-2700, main line
206-770-2702, box office
1-877-EMP-SFM1, toll-free

This is just one step closer to bringing AVATAR to a theme park near you. And imagine, a huge robotic suit like from the movie! If only it was fully operational and working! With the technology being put on display here, hopefully a park like Universal will take notice and do something other than just a 3D movie. What would you like to see in an AVATAR attraction?