Some cultural activities in the Northwest include visiting the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art in Eugene, Oregon, exploring the EMP Museum in Seattle, Washington and watching dance at Ballet Idaho. Located in Boise, Ballet Idaho has a program of 20 performances each year, between November and May. It is the only professional dance academy of its kind in Idaho, as well as the neighboring states of Montana and Wyoming.
The Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art at the University of Oregon houses both historical and contemporary art works. Among its permanent collections are Orthodox icons; art from China, Japan and Korea; and a range of American pieces. The museum also hosts traveling exhibitions from around the world, as well as frequent events, some of which are geared specifically to families.
The EMP Museum in Seattle has more of a specific focus on popular culture. Housed in a building designed by Frank O. Gehry to be reminiscent of electric guitars, the museum hosts a variety of interactive exhibitions, with past highlights including "Star Wars and the Power of Costume," "What's Up, Doc? The Animation Art of Chuck Jones," "Infinite Worlds of Science Fiction," "Nirvana: Taking Punk To The Masses" and "Indie Game Revolution." The museum is open daily between 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. from May to September and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. between September and May.