Image credit: Michal Klimczak

Image credit: Michal Klimczak

by Gene Turnbow, station manager

The Museum of Science Fiction in Washington D.C. has traveled a remarkable path so far. After gaining about $54,000 via an IndieGogo campaign last March, they’re now ready to start putting together a preview location in preparation for the opening of the full facility. They hope to open the full museum sometime in 2018, but the preview location is being put together now.

It’s not the first time a science fiction museum has made an appearance. The Science Fiction Museum and Hall of Fame opened in 2004 in Seattle, Washington at the base of the Space Needle. It’s now known as the EMP Museum, however, and features an emphasis on music and popular culture as an experience, with science fiction being only a part of what it does.  There is also the Hollywood Science Fiction Museum, a project still in progress that does not yet have a physical location.

The preview museum will become a center for science fiction fans and enthusiasts, in the heart of one of the world’s greatest cities. It will be host to public lectures, education programs, film screenings, book signings, and special events.

The goal is to create a 3,000 to 4,000 square-foot temporary preview museum, consisting of gallery space to house interactive exhibits related to science fiction. They plan to operate the preview museum for four years, with exhibits being rotated out periodically. Creative use of the shared space and interesting technologies are emphasized, as well as the need for flexibility in a small space and 200 square foot per exhibit budget.

You have to register before 5:00 p.m. EST on Friday, October 31, 2014, and the submission deadline for your design is 5:00 p.m. EST on Sunday, November 30, 2014.  The prize is $1,000 USD.

Email any questions to:

Here’s a link to all the information you need in PDF form.

Visit the Museum of Science Fiction’s web site for more information about the museum and the contest.

Good luck, geek designer. Make us proud.

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Gene Turnbow
Gene Turnbow

President of Krypton Media Group, Inc., radio personality and station manager of Part writer, part animator, part musician, part illustrator, part programmer, part entrepreneur – all geek.