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Museum of Science Fiction Planned for D.C.

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A group aiming to open a Museum of Science Fiction in the District today launched a crowdfunding campaign to kickstart the first phase of the project, a storefront preview museum the team hopes to open late next year.

Greg Viggiano, the executive director of the anticipated museum, has assembled a team of volunteers to coordinate the planning effort. The group is currently seeking a space for the 3,000-square-foot preview museum, with the goal of opening the full museum in 2017. The crowdfunding campaign aims to raise $160,000 in 38 days to get to project off the ground, according to a press release.

Viggiano, a screenwriter, says he came up with the idea for the museum when we was working on a science fiction screenplay and seeking research materials. "I found that there was really kind of a void, and maybe someone should start a science fiction museum," he says.

The crowdfunding campaign is aimed at raising money for the preview location, which Viggiano says will likely be located between Union Station and the White House, near most of the city's other museums. For the full museum, Viggiano is looking for a space that can accommodate a 50,000-square-foot facility, either downtown or in the Wharf development on the Southwest Waterfront, which he says is an attractive location because it's near both the Air and Space Museum and a Metro stop.

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The preview museum, which will feature items from science fiction movies, television shows, and books, is planned to "allow the general public to help the organization fine tune its ideas," according to the release. The museum team is working with the commercial real estate firm Newmark Grubb Knight Frank to find a suitable space for the preview museum.

Viggiano hopes that the museum will attract a variety of different funding sources, including movie and lecture series and museum membership dues, so that tickets remain affordable. "What we’d like to do is see that ticket prices are kept low, to cover operating expenses, and so a family of four wouldn’t have to spend more than $60 to go through the museum," he says.

This post has been updated to include an interview with Viggiano.

Renderings from the Museum of Science Fiction press packet

  • Ed Itorial

    Link doesn't work

  • http://www.washingtoncitypaper.com/blogs/housingcomplex/ Aaron Wiener

    Fixed, thanks.

  • TwoflowerTwo

    Cool. This is a great idea. Long overdue. I live in the UK. Can I be involved?

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  • Kimm Hamann

    This is a GREAT idea! I live in the DC area and would like to learn more about helping!!

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  • http://aok.lib.umbc.edu/specoll/popcul.php Tom Beck

    UMBC has a major science fiction collection (the Azriel Rosenfeld Science Fiction Research Collection) including 30,000 books, 75,000 fanzines, 1000s of pulps back to 1926 (Amazing Stories, v.1#1), personal papers and manuscripts,art work (including Frank Kelly Freas), and realia. I would be interested in talking to someone from the Museum of Science Fiction about various topics.

    Best,
    Tom Beck
    Chief Curator
    University of Maryland, Baltimore County
    1000 Hilltop Circle
    Baltimore, Maryland 21250
    email:beck@umbc.edu
    telephone: 410-455-3827

  • http://distcurm.blogspot.com/ IMGoph

    There's also a science fiction museum/HOF at the EMP in Seattle. This gentleman's comments make it sound like there's absolutely nothing else out there dedicated to this subject. A minute worth of time on Google disabuses one of that thought.

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