Los Angeles has tons of museums, but it doesn't have one dedicated to sci-fi. One passionate fan wants to change that.
Huston Huddleston has launched a campaign to build and open the Hollywood Science Fiction Museum in 2015 in Los Angeles, preferably on Hollywood Boulevard, with the goal of the nonprofit educational venture being to "exclusively show the history of sci-fi films, TV, art and literature through props, sets and costumes, as well as show advancements in space travel and teach Real Science through Science Fiction," according to an official press release.
The museum will feature "fully immersive environments and touch screens that will incorporate old and new footage from actors, filmmakers and NASA astronauts and scientists, and will present both the fact and fiction of sci-fi. This will eventually teach Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) based education in a fun new way to all ages."
Mr. Huddleston certainly seems passionate enough to spearhead such a project: Several years ago he rescued the Enterprise-D bridge set -- which Paramount was about to destroy -- and restored it. It's since visited 22 conventions since 2012. He's also assembled a board of directors that includes Ronald D. Moore (producer, Battlestar Galactica), David Gerrold (writer, Star Trekepisode "The Trouble With Tribbles"), NASA artist Rick Sternbach and others.
What he doesn't have is money and a realistic timeline. Huddleston has launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise around $83,000 in startup costs, but has collected less that $5,000 so far. He does also have some studio money pledged as well. But even so, building a museum costs millions and takes a lot of time -- and Huddleston hopes to get his initial facility open by 2015 and expand it into a larger, permanent museum by 2018.
Can he do it? It doesn't seem very likely in the near term, but certainly the idea of a sci-fi museum is long overdue and would be especially appropriate in the heart of the movie industry (we'd like to see a library of sci-fi literature as part of the collection as well). Whatever happens, the presentations and concept art at Mr. Huddleston's Kickstarter page are pretty inspiring.
Would you like to see a sci-fi museum built in Hollywood? More importantly, would you invest your own money in it?