Great Scott! Plans for Proposed Museum of Science Fiction are "Geek Heaven"
A version of the Hollywood Sci-Fi Museum could debut as soon as 2015.
What's the Latest?
A non-profit company called the New Starship Foundation is behind a proposal to construct a gigantic, multi-story museum dedicated to the history of sci-fi films, tv, and art as well as to employ elements of science fiction to teach real science. The Hollywood Science Fiction Museum is headed by a Board of Directors that includes writers, directors, artists, producers, and designers behind such sci-fi staples as Battlestar Galactica, Firefly, Star Trek, Tron, and Back to the Future.
What's the Big Idea?
A lot has gone into the planning of this impressively-conceived museum. For example, Mythbusters and Battlebots veteran Grant Imahara is featured in a video tour of the proposed Hall of Robots, described by Imahara as "geek heaven," where museum-goers will be able to interact with life-sized versions of their favorite fictional robots. These include quintessential characters such as Star Wars' C-3P0 and R2-D2, Dr. Who's Daleks, and the foul-mouthed Bender Rodriguez from TV's Futurama. Of course, Imahara makes note that the museum would also include a Hall of Real Robots along with other exhibits dedicated to spaceships and other sci-fi vehicles.
The museum's official Kickstarter, which includes extensive information and multiple design renderings for the completed museum, states that the funds currently being raised will go toward a preliminary museum to be constructed next year with plans to move forward with the dream-big version soon after. The campaign currently boasts over $30,000 in donations from 460 backers.
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