Time does not actually warp at the point where the Seattle Monorail passes through the Museum of Pop Culture, but it does seem to scintillate a bit, just like the museum designed by Frank Gehry.

Gehry, the architect of several famous modernistic buildings, including the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao and the Walt Disney Concert Hall, really let his freak flag fly when designing what is now known as MoPOP.

The squashy mass of reflective metal, built in 2000, seems an appropriate venue for the museum, which is sure to tap into any visitor’s inner geek.

(One wing seems to have anticipated the look of Darth Vader’s melted helmet from the latest Star Wars movies.) Whatever one might think of MoPOP’s in-your-face futuristic (as of the turn of the 21st century) design, it certainly fits the spirit of its surroundings.

The museum is located in Seattle Center, a park that was the site of the 1962 Seattle World’s Fair.

Seattle Center is also the terminus of the city’s historic monorail, a description that might seem to be an oxymoron.

But the streamlined people-mover and the iconic, saucer-shaped Space Needle next door, both built for the 1962 fair, represent a Space Age vision of a future that never quite materialized, now more historic than visionary.

Inside MoPOP, which is also home to the Science Fiction and Fantasy Hall of Fame, visitors will encounter many other different, and some quite famous, dreams of tomorrow.

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