Museum of Science Fiction Planned for Washington DC
by Haylee Fisher (@haylee_fisher)
Another day, another nerdy museum announcement.
However, unlike the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library and Museum that just opened in Ohio, you’re going to have to wait a little while to see this one.
The Museum of Science Fiction is being financed through crowd-funding website IndieGoGo.com where donations had reached almost $27,000 at the time of this article’s publishing. Organizers plan to open a preview space within a year and then launch the full museum at the beginning of 2017.
The museum’s executive director Greg Viggiano says Washington, DC is the perfect location for the facility. He says other museums in the area, like the Smithsonian’s Air and Space Museum, are worldwide draws and were themselves inspired by the science fiction world. He wanted to create the museum because there wasn’t another comprehensive science fiction museum in the world and thought something should be done about it.
Viggiano and the other creators envision the Museum of Science Fiction to be a home for an array of objects and experiences to encompass the history of the medium. The content will start with Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein and run through present day material. They hope to house objects, artifacts, and interactive exhibits that span many varieties of art forms within the museum. Visitors will be able to see manuscripts, robots, time machines, aliens, costumes, sets, props, and model spaceships. Some items already amassed include a model of the Enterprise E used in Star Trek: Insurrection, a collection of Battlestar Galactica filming miniatures, and a reproduction of Doctor Who’s TARDIS.
The museum’s goal is to boost STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) education. As the museum will cover the history of the genre, it will provide a look at science fiction’s relationship with the real world. It will host public lectures, education programs, film screenings, and donor events. Most importantly, the museum’s mission is to be a place that demonstrates art and science are powered through imagination. They hope that because of this, it will appeal to visitors both young and old and that the Museum of Science Fiction will become an all-encompassing place to learn more about the genre.
Check out the museum’s IndieGoGo page at http://www.indiegogo.com/