Posted on Thursday, May 8th, 2014 by Peter Sciretta
Sci-Fi enthusiast Huston Huddleston happened to fine the Star Trek: The Next Generation Captain’s Bridge in the trash and rescued the touring sets which had been left outside for over 5 years. Both sets were recreated by Paramount in 1998. Huddleston took to Kickstarter and Indiegogo in 2012 and raised money to restore the Enterprise-D Bridge, which has since been on the road to over 22 conventions. Huddleston now has a much bigger dream, to open the Hollywood Science Fiction Museum in 2015 on Hollywood Blvd.
The nonprofit educational museum will teach Science Fiction in Film, TV, Art and Literature and Real Space and Science through Sci-Fi. The museum will feature Huston’s finds, along with many other legendary celluloid artifacts along with the first of it’s kind interactive elements to teach anyone about science and space. The project is already backed by Paramount, Google, Bentley Systems, Entertainment Earth and the writers of Star Trek, Battlestar Galatica and more.
Of course, Huddleston has huge dreams which are not achievable at this time, so his new Kickstarter is to acquire the funds to develop a smaller Hollywood Science Fiction Museum which he believes would open in 2015. The concept art above featuring a giant Millennium Falcon and Enterprise-D is for the bigger museum project, which Huddleston is planning for 2018. The details and concept art for this museum should excite any sci-fi fan, but I’m a bit skeptical that it will happen. Even a 2018 opening date for a smaller museum seems a bit ambitious to me. Construction takes time and land in Los Angeles isn’t cheap — but I’d love to see it happen (I’m just not sure I’d invest my own money to make it happen). After the jump you can watch the kickstrter video, see more awesome concept art and read the official press release.
Hollywood Science Fiction Museum Concept Art
Hollywood Science Fiction Museum Concept Layout
Hollywood Science Fiction Museum Kickstarter Video
Hall of Robots preview
Star Trek The Next Generation Starship Bridge Restoration
Hollywood Science Fiction Museum 2015 Fundraising Budget
Hollywood Science Fiction Museum Press Release
Coming in 2015, The New Starship Foundation’s Hollywood Sci-Fi Museum
Museum Located near Hollywood Blvd Will Showcase Legendary Sci-Fi Memorabilia and First of its Kind Interactive Elements on Science and Space
WHAT: Today on May 8th, the announcement was made that coming in 2015, the non-profit New Starship Foundation is opening the Hollywood Science Fiction Museum, the world’s first dedicated science fiction museum that will celebrate sci-fi in film, TV, art and literature and teach all ages about space and science through science fiction. The museum with have interactive displays and environments for each film and television franchise (Star Trek, Star Wars, Battlestar Galactica, etc.), with videos of the cast and crew discussing each exhibit, along with NASA astronauts and scientists explaining the real science behind it.
The project began in 2012 when writer/fan Huston Huddleston found two discarded Star Trek Enterprise Bridge sets created by Paramount in 1998 for touring, and decided to restore them. The restored chairs and computers have traveled to 23 different conventions around the USA and New Starship has nearly 20,000 followers on Facebook from around the world. The museum featuring these items and so much more will also be made available for tours, parties, fan shoots, and weddings. Since Huddleston found the sets, 4 weddings have taken place on the D-Bridge set with another 4 reserved for 2015!
A Kickstarter will be in effect starting May 7, 2014 to help create a prospectus, budget, concept art and other fundraising materials needed for corporate donors.
Here are just some of the items that will be featured in the museum:
• Star Trek Original Series Enterprise Bridge set
• Star Trek The Next Generation Enterprise-D Bridge
• Star Wars props and costumes
• Battlestar Galactica sets, props and costumes
• Doctor Who TARDIS, props and costumes
• Firefly Cockpit, props and costumes
• Stargate props and costumes
• Lord of the Rings props and costumes
• Robbie the Robot
• The DeLorean from Back To The Future
• 1966 Batmobile
The New Starship Foundation’s Board of Directors includes the original writers, designers and producers behind Star Trek, Battlestar Galactica, Tron, Firefly and Back to the Future including Ronald D. Moore, David Gerrold, Rick Sternbach, Andrew Probert and Timothy Earls. Rhetroactive, the people who helped create Universal’s Despicable Me attraction and the Grammy Museum, is helping develop the Hollywood Sci-Fi Museum. Donations have come from Paramount, Google, Bentley Systems, Entertainment Earth, with support from Star Trek actors including Brent Spiner and William Shatner, as well as numerous celebrities who wanted to have a photo in the Captain’s Chair.
Added Huddleston, “Every actor I’ve met from Doctor Who’s Billie Piper to Star Trek’s Karl Urban has been completely supportive of our museum and want to take their kids to the opening.” “This is something everyone seems to want, from the fans, to the actors, to producers and directors. It’s an educational nonprofit museum that will celebrate the legacy of everyone involved and inspire future Steven Spielberg’s and Stephen Hawking’s, it’s a win win for everybody.”
In 2015 the Hollywood Sci-Fi Museum, tentatively located in the Hollywood/Highland area, will include Enterprise bridges from the Star Trek the original series and Star Trek The Next Generation, as well as original props, costumes and sets from Star Trek, Star Wars, Doctor Who, Battlestar Galactica, Firefly, Tron, Stargate, Farscape and much more.