Science fiction lovers, rejoice! The heavy-hitting team behind the newly introduced Museum of Science Fiction in Washington, D.C. has built a Kickstarter campaign to crowdfund their first exhibit, scheduled to open to the public starting July 7. This new four month-long exhibit, titled “The Future of Travel,” is hoping to premiere at the Reagan National Airport.
From Space Odyssey to interstellar passports, the Future of Travel will delight
Already, the exhibit sounds like it will bring a remarkably varied scope of interactive, futuristic-themed presentations. It will have a selection of retro-space travel posters by artist Steve Thomas, a large-scale recreation of the Orion III space plane from Stanley Kubrick’s 1968 film, 2001: A Space Odyssey, and, most intriguingly, a mobile app that will allow visitors not only access to exhibit information, but also to an “interstellar passport,” with which they can select and customize their own “boarding pass to the future.”
The future of travel has long been a source of both pioneering discovery and contentious debate. With recent discoveries and innovations within the past decade such as the Orion Crew Exploration Vehicle, and the newfound potential of sustaining oxygen on Mars, we’re currently more at the forefront of space exploration than ever. To build on (and feed off of) the momentum motivated by the ongoing space race, the “Future of Travel” exhibit may prove to be more than entertaining.
As of today, the startup museum is still looking to crowdfund an additional $3,098 (to reach a target $7,500) for its exhibit. Most, if not all of these funds will go toward the shipping, storage and display costs of the “Future of Travel”’s articles.
Beyond the vision of science fiction artists: first step, virtual space travel
Visitors to the exhibit can do more than just plan a “visit” to the Moon, Mars or Alpha Centauri. To aid exhibit-goers in conjuring their imaginations, the artwork displayed will depict vivid detailing of destinations on planets and moons of the solar system (in particular, the “crimson canyons on Mars” and a flight “through the asteroid belt”).
After the impending success of the “Future of Travel” exhibit, the museum’s curators and directors are hoping to eventually open up a full-scale museum, one that will house up to seven galleries featuring all things science fiction: vehicles, aliens, computers, robots, technology and time travel concepts.