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MoPOP’s hands-on, student-centered workshops link WA State core learning objectives and 21st century skills with our exhibit content.

All workshops are facilitated by trained educators who are experts at connecting the themes and ideas in the gallery with fun, creative, hands-on projects.

Education Department COVID-19 Policies

In order to protect the health and safety of our staff, guests, and community, MoPOP is limiting in-person educational programming and group visits until further notice.  Until we can all be together again, we are happy to support your museum experience in other ways!

  • Join us virtually or bring our outreach kit to you! We will not offer in-person programs for the remainder of 2021, but we encourage interested groups to explore our extensive Livestream Workshop options or inquire about bringing our Outreach Kit into your classroom, after school program, or other student space!
  • Small high school groups may visit the museum! We are currently accepting self-guided group reservations for small groups of no more than 30 guests.  All group members must be in grade 9 or above.
    • Group visits may be scheduled every hour on the hour.
    • Schools with groups larger than 30 or outside the high school age range may reach out to us at education@mopop.org for potential exceptions or alternative arrangements.
    • All self-guided groups must attend a brief livestream orientation with education staff within 24 business hours of their visit. This orientation will cover general logistics about your visit, information about our on-site policies, and other helpful tips to make your experience as smooth as possible.
  • Additional health and safety policies are in place to protect all museum guests! Please review our current policies before finalizing your reservation.

For booking, information, or other assistance with your group’s MoPOP experience, please contact us at Education@MoPOP.org.


Workshop Cost

$110 / class of up to 30 students with museum admission

Workshop Schedule

Workshops are available beginning at 9:30 AM and are scheduled based on your group’s arrival time. Each workshop lasts approximately one hour and includes classroom and gallery explorations.

For more information, contact the Education Program Coordinator at Education@MoPOP.org or 206-262-3239.


AVAILABLE In-Museum WORKSHOPS

Building New Worlds: Science Fiction Story Builder
What can stories like Star Trek, The Hunger Games, and WALL-E tell us about our own society? We’ll examine what makes science fiction stories unique, explore some common questions posed by science fiction stories, and seek out inspiration for our own stories in the Infinite Worlds of Science Fiction exhibit!

(Grades 5–8)


The Hero’s Journey in Science Fiction and Fantasy
Embark on a hero’s journey through science fiction and fantasy! From Star Wars to Wonder Woman and beyond, we’ll examine the role of the hero and common elements in hero stories. In this class, we’ll investigate Joseph Campbell’s idea of the monomyth and the hero’s journey to explore story structure and start writing our own stories inspired by examples from MoPOP’s galleries.

(Grades 3-8)

Architecture Tour: Inside Frank Gehry’s MoPOP
Explore the art of architecture as we investigate Frank Gehry and the MoPOP building!  We’ll investigate Gehry’s designs, learn about MoPOP’s construction and visit some of its iconic architectural elements, and design our own museum space using recycled materials. 

(Grades 5–12)



Cli-Fi: How Sci-Fi Fights Climate Change
More information coming soon on this new class that investigates how science fiction can help us understand and address climate change.  This class is also currently available as a livestream workshop.  For more information or to be notified when this class is available, email us at edcuation@mopop.org.


Science of Sound
What is sound?  How does it travel, and what does it look like?  Together, we’ll investigate vibrations, pitch, amplitude, mediums, and more, we’ll explore how sound waves are generated, transmitted, and received.  Experiment with sound effects, explore sound waves using an oscilloscope, use instruments to create your own band, and explore the museum’s galleries to continue your learning!

(Grades 2–5)

This Machine Kills Fascists: Pop Culture and Social Activism

Through songs, visual arts, dance, clothing and more, pop culture plays a critical role in social and political activism. From musicians who use their songs as a call to action to photographers and painters who use images as a protest, pop culture is a powerful means of speaking out about contemporary problems. In this program, students will engage with pop culture social activism as seen in museum artifacts and explore activities that inspire them to use their own creativity as a way to process collective anger, raise awareness, and let their voices be heard.

(Grades 8-12)


Crafting Worlds and Building Communities

What can simulation games like Minecraft teach us about establishing community, economic strategies, and effective use of our natural resources? From meeting basic survival needs to refining resources and bartering, we’ll investigate how communities form, develop, and grow. Students will learn the difference between needs and wants, how to use their resources effectively, and try their hand at bartering with other communities using simulated habitats in an interactive, real-life game environment.

(Grades 3-8)

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