It all began when he found a pair of Star Trek sets stored in remote warehouses. After restoring them, a he realized there was nowhere to store them and thus a new passion was born and plans for a Hollywood Sci-Fi Museum were underway.
A Kickstarter was launched and funds were raised. Props from movies sci-fi franchises like Star Trek, Star Wars, Firefly, Battlestar Galactica and Doctor Who were gathered and the museum is gradually getting close to opening its doors to the public.
I spoke with Huston Huddleston at Comikaze this weekend as he discussed all the grand, fan-focused exhibits and events he had planned for the museum. While he said the museum is still short of its funding goals, they’re making progress and hope to open sometime in 2015.
“The Hollywood Sci-Fi Museum will teach and inspire and also teach filmmaking and real science which has never been done before,” Huddleston said. “It will incorporate props and costumes from anything sci-fi you can think of from Star Wars, Star Trek, Battlestar Galactica and all the way back to the beginning with Jules Verne, Metropolis and others.”
If you think this is just going to be another small, secluded museum randomly plopped into the vast Los Angeles cityscape, think again. Huddleston is adamant that this museum will be the largest sci-fi museum in the country.
“We want this to be an interactive, fun thing. If you have these amazing toys, why not play with them,” Huddleston said. “We’re making [these sets] so that they’re durable.”
Plans are for the three-story museum to be centered in North Hollywood, partly because, as Huddleston knowingly jokes, “there’s nothing else in North Hollywood.”
Huddleston says that the museum will be showcasing their TARDIS from Doctor Who at their next conventions which include Wondercon and Comic-Con in San Diego as well as an Apple-user convention called Mac Tech.
Some of the featured exhibits will include a Hall of Space Ships, a Hall of Robots and a gallery of Classic Sci-Fi Cars. The DeLorean from Back to the Future and KITT from Knight Rider were showcased at Comikaze.
“Guests will be able to sit inside iconic cars like the Blade Runner Spinner, the Akira motorcycle and the Transformers Bumblebee Camaro,” Huddleston said.
The Hall of Robots will include Iron Man, C3PO and R2D2, Wall-E, Robocop and Robbie the Robot from Forbidden Planet among others. Grant Imahara of Mythbusters fame talks about the hall below.
You can follow the latest developments of the Hollywood Sci-Fi Museum on Twitter and purchase sci-fi souvenirs to help the fund the museum’s march to opening next year. Here’s a brief video of Huddleston giving a quick, in-depth overview of the museum and you can donate to the museum here.