The Hollywood SciFi Museum isn’t actually a museum.
If it was, it would be the first museum in the world to teach science and space travel through the history of scifi films, TV, art, literature, props, sets and costumes. I’ve been interested in the Hollywood SciFi Museum ever since I noticed the museum promoting on Twitter an attempt to get a black 1967 Impala (from Supernatural) to add to their collection. While the #ImpalaYes campaign hasn’t quite garnished the car, in my interview with Huston Huddleston at WonderCon 2015, the founder let me know that this is just one of many pieces they hope to acquire in the next few years, along with a space to showcase them all.
According to Huddleston, the SciFi Museum already has some pretty great pieces that travel the convention circuit all over the country, his favorite being the Captain Picard chair, the first museum piece the organization acquired. “We have both of the Enterprise bridges, the original series, Captain Kirk one, as well as the Next Generation Picard one and we have a replica of the TARDIS that was given to us that we’re still tinkering with to make it even better. The thing is, there are props that have been offered to us, we have an Iron Man and we have access to other props, but it’s better for us right now, until we have the museum open, that we have access to them as opposed to actually having them, because then we just have to store them.”
Huddleston is passionate about not only science fiction, but also about inspiring the public through the pop culture pieces he has access to. The Hollywood SciFi crew has visited over 30 conventions in the last two years and is currently looking to open a permanent location in North Hollywood. When asked about the possibility of a Southern California spot, Huddleston hinted that, even if the actual museum is a couple years from opening (they’re projecting 2018), the organization may have a temporary exhibit in a local science museum that caters to fans interested in both science fiction and popular culture.
We’re in the age of the nerd.
The New Starship Foundation, is the non-profit organization behind this endeavor, which has earned over $90k through donations from fans to fund museum development. If you’re interested in donating, visit HollywoodSciFi.org or the kickstarter page for more information. Every level of donor receives an incentive prize as well as the joy of knowing you’ve helped bring a geeky dream to life!
xoxo The Collectiva Diva