EMP/SFM Opens a New "Avatar" Exhibit

Explore props, costumes and sketches from the James Cameron blockbuster.
Brangien Davis  |   June 2011   |  FROM THE PRINT EDITION
Workers install the 14-foot tall AMP from Avatar at the Science Fiction Museum

Hop on your mountain banshee, plug in your braid and fly to the Science Fiction Museum, where an extensive new exhibit offers a look behind the scenes of James Cameron’s latest fictional universe. Avatar: The Exhibit features concept models, original sketches, costumes and props from the blockbuster film, including a full-size Amplified Mobility Platform exo-suit, which looks a bit like Ripley’s power loader (from another James Cameron sci-fi movie, Aliens) if it were hopped up on steroids. Na’vi nerds will feel like they’ve landed at the Hometree, with interactive exhibits that show how motion-capture and 3-D technology made the characters come to life, and scientific explanations of Pandora’s “natural” universe. Stock up on blue body paint—it’s going to be at a premium. 6/4/2011–9/3/2012. Times and prices vary. EMP/SFM, 325 Fifth Ave. N; 206.770.2700; empsfm.org.