'Avatar' exhibit in Seattle
A music and pop culture museum in Seattle is banking on fans of the Oscar-winning film Avatar to take in a new exhibit detailing how director James Cameron brought Pandora and its inhabitants to the big screen. The exhibit at the Experience Music Project and Science Fiction Museum and Hall of Fame opened recently, the first of its kind to showcase artwork and props from the film. Forty artifacts are on display, including the skeletal robot weapon or "Amplified Mobility Platform," and the motion-capture suit worn for filming by one of the actors. Also included are the original sketches and models of the Na'vi people and creatures that guided the animators, from models of the heads of the main characters to intricate headpieces and necklaces. The exhibit is expected to travel to other museums in the United States and Canada after it finishes its run in Seattle in late 2012. Museum admission is $18; there's no extra charge for the exhibit. Open daily 10 a.m.-7 p.m. 206-770-2700; www.empmuseum.org.
-- The Associated Press