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Nov 07, 2013 01:05 PM EST

Country's First Science Fiction Museum In Planning Stages With Preview Museum Set To Launch Next Year


The United States lacks a museum dedicated solely to science fiction, which is why a group is currently raising $160,000 for a preview museum set to appear in Washington, DC next year, USA Today reported.

Using the funding website indiegogo, the group - headed by science fiction authors Greg Bear and David Brin, as well as, DC-area entrepreneur and project management executive Greg Viggiano - has raised nearly $20,000 with "35 days left" until a website-imposed deadline.

"There really isn't one standalone museum dedicated to science fiction and giving balance to film, television, literature, music, art, video games and radio," Viggiano said. "We want to create a museum that has a really good representation across all those different types of media and make sure that we tell the complete story." The preview video below:

The next closest thing to Viggiano's vision is the Experience Music Project, a museum in Seattle started by Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen. Allen's creation is more broadly dedicated to pop culture, but frequently has temporary exhibitions from science fiction, according to USA Today.

The preview museum will function as another fund raiser, as well a place for fans to offer suggestions and to "demonstrate the concepts and designs we want to put in the larger museum," said Viggiano, slated to be the museum's executive director. "It will also give us a physical location to start our programming and hold events."

"Concepts and designs" planned for the preview museum include life-sized props from movies like "Star Trek" and "Doctor Who" (a Tardis replica will be there; see below) and a giant television showing landscapes from science fiction staples like "Star Wars," "Avatar," and "Jurassic Park," according to USA Today.

To sweeten the sound of a 3,000 square foot sci-fi museum in Washington, Viggiano and aerospace consultant Maureen Sweeney, also involved with the museum effort, argued that the space could help stimulate STEM aspirations in young visitors.

"Science fiction really opens you up to the humanities and technical fields," Sweeney said. "We are hoping that we will be engaging several generations of visitors in a way that really lets them connect with the history of science fiction."

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