EMP's Jimi Hendrix exhibit to close

The Jimi Hendrix exhibition at Experience Music Project in Seattle will be taken down in August. Museum guests will be able to see the exhibition through Aug. 5.

Because most of the objects h ave been on display since EMP opened in 2000, they need to be "put in the dark" to help preserve them, museum staff says.

A new temporary exhibition space of about 5,000 square feet will be created, giving EMP more flexibility for its exhibits. "American Sabor: Latinos in U.S. Popular Music," which opens Oct. 13, will be the first in the expanded s pace.

Hendrix artifacts that are not as susceptible to light will stay on display. To honor the 40th anniversary of the Monterey Pop Festival, EMP will create a display related to Hendrix's performance there. The musician's white Fender Stratocaster that he played during Woodstock will be placed in the Guitar Gallery. Three films and oral histories about Hendrix will be shown.

EMP's Hendrix collection contains many rare objects that illustrate the personal and superstar aspects of the guitar hero, from his childhood growing up in Seattle to his time on the world stage.

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