Project Updates

Museum of Science Fiction

Project Status Update No. 3, Q3 2014
September 30, 2014


Hello Everyone,

We continue to make significant progress entering the fourth quarter, staying focused on three goals: funding, architectural and exhibit designs, and finding a location.

The International Architectural Awards Reception and Ceremony was a complete success and I truly believe we will do the same with the current exhibit design competition.

I am also very pleased to report that the Museum has signed a partnership agreement with DC Public Schools and was approved by Reagan National Airport (DCA) to install the "Future of Travel" exhibit in mid 2015.

Over the next few months, fundraising will be my primary activity. I hope you will support the Museum in whatever way you can as we endeavor to build this new institution together.

Thank you for continued support,

Greg Viggiano
Executive Director

Above image credit: Thomas Heatherwick: UK Pavilion
Photo credit: Iwan Baan


On September 25, Emily Yen from the Rhode Island School of Design was named as the overall winner of the International Architectural Design Competition.

On September 25, Emily Yen from the Rhode Island School of Design was named as the overall winner of the International Architectural Design Competition.

International Architectural Design Competition Winner

"The Preview Museum is such a unique concept," Yen said. "I am extremely excited and honored to have been chosen amongst such strong entries from around the world, and I look forward to continuing to work with the Preview Museum Design Team."

Yen's winning design (shown above) will be used to inspire the cubic architecture for the Preview Museum that's anticipated to open in late 2015. The award reception and ceremony was made possible through the generous support of eBay, Google, DreamHost, Grunley Construction, Newmark Grubb, and SmithGroup - who hosted the event at their DC Offices, thank you Hal Davis!

Congratulations to Emily and thank you to all who participated. The Museum received many amazing submissions from hundreds of talented designers, and we look forward to sharing them with you in a new Museum of Science Fiction coffee table book next year. To see the complete portfolio, click here.

                                                                                                              The Time Machine (1960)

                                                                                                              The Time Machine (1960)

Science Fiction Film Series

The Museum's partnership with the DC Public Library kicked off September 4 with a free screening of The Time Machine, the 1960 film classic film based on the book by HG Wells which was also on the Library's summer reading list. The film was introduced by Dr. Alex Young from NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center.

Alexander Schwing of Germantown, Maryland was the lucky fan who won a Kindle sponsored by DreamHost and Singularity & Co. from our "Guess the Movie" contest. The next film screening will take place October 16, so keep an eye on the Museum's Facebook page for clues to the next movie and then send your guess to contest@museumofsciencefiction.org for your chance to win!

2014 Schedule
Oct. 16, clue: "Great Scott!"
Nov. 6, clue: "Nebulae, Quasars, Pulsars, Stuff Like That"
Dec. 11, clue: "Greetings, Program"

(winner must be present to win)


Exhibit Design Competition

Following the overwhelming success of the International Architectural Design Competition, the Museum is excited to announce the International Exhibit Design Competition. The contest is open to everyone, and submissions will be used to guide exhibit design for the Preview Museum. Registrations will be accepted through October 31, with a final submission deadline of November 30. To register, please visit www.museumofsciencefiction.org/contest


Site Selection

We are very pleased to say that we have narrowed down the site for the Preview Museum to two potential locations in the Washington, DC metro area with the help from Newmark Grubb Knight Frank. We look forward to making an announcement sometime later this quarter. At this point, both locations look very suitable for the Preview Museum.


DC Schools Partnership

Science fiction is entering the classroom in a very special pilot program with the John Eaton Elementary School located in the Cleveland Park neighborhood of Washington, DC. A full range of enrichment experiences and project-based learning activities begin on October 9th. To learn more, click here.


                                                                            XCOR Lynx rendering by Mason Peck, PhD                                                                                                         Member Board of Advisors

                                                                            XCOR Lynx rendering by Mason Peck, PhD
                                                                                                        Member Board of Advisors

Airport Exhibit Coming Soon

We are excited to announce that the Museum of Science Fiction's Future of Travel exhibition will appear in Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA) in 2015!  The exhibition will educate and entertain airport visitors with a story about the Future of Travel and commercial space travel. Discussions with major corporate and organizational sponsors are underway. For the press release click here.


Survey Results

Over 1,100 respondents completed the Museum's online survey about their interests and expectations of the Preview Museum. Lots of very helpful feedback came in which will help direct the exhibit design process. A few unexpected items surfaced that may require further curatorial consideration:

  1. Science fiction literature was slightly more popular than science fiction television
  2. Firefly was slightly more popular than Doctor Who in the Television category
  3. Hitchhiker's Guide was the most popular title in the Science Fiction Literature category
  4. HG Wells had the second and third most popular titles (The Time Machine and War of the Worlds)

Thank you to all who participated!


Greg Bear

Author, Greg Bear and member of the Museum's Board of Advisors has a new book due to be released on Oct. 14: War Dogs. Greg is also advising the Thistledown Project Team in North Carolina as they build the asteroid world from his EON trilogy watch the video here.

Please pray for Greg, who underwent emergency surgery last week. He's doing well and expected to make a full recovery — but the emergency surgery is unraveling his promotional tour for War Dogs. Consider showing your support by sharing this email and raising awareness for Greg's fine work!


                                                                             Josh Lynsen, Director, Digital Communities
2001 at Wolf Trap

Celebrating the 45th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing, the screening of 2001: A Space Odyssey at Wolf Trap on July 19 delighted fans of both science fiction and classical music as the National Symphony Orchestra performed the film's score live on the lawn. The Museum was proud to host a pre-show reception that included former astronaut and current NASA Administrator Gen. Charles Bolden. Expect more collaborations between the Museum and NASA in the coming months as we work together to increase awareness and education of science and space for everyone.


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Senior Team Member Highlight

Mark Edward, CPA Mark chairs the Museum's Board of Advisors and leads the Museum's Economic Feasibility Project Team. Click here for Mark's bio.


Wikipedia

The Museum of Science Fiction now has a Wikipedia article. Please help contribute interesting facts about the Museum:
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Museum_of_Science_Fiction.


Sun and Fun

Volunteers and staff enjoyed an afternoon of warm sunshine and cool breezes at the Museum of Science Fiction's first annual summer picnic on July 13 at Gravelly Point. Clear skies allowed everyone to get an amazing view of the sun with solar telescopes courtesy of Dr. Alex Young from the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center and member of the Museum's Board of Advisors. Thank you, Alex, and to everyone who came out to celebrate all the hard work the team has been doing. Click here for Alex's bio.


Coming Soon

Here's a small preview of some of the events coming soon:
  1. Star Trek screenwriter, Morgan Gendel, comes to the DC Public Library on October 27.
  2. Architecture design winners at the DC Public Library beginning at end of October
  3. Architecture design winners at the LA Public Library with DreamHost in November
  4. Architecture design winners at the Brooklyn Public Library with Google in February
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