One of the things I look forward to the most during my summer break is having the opportunity to meet my husband in downtown Seattle for lunch or dinner. We always add some special event to the lunch or dinner date, and yesterday afternoon we added a visit to the Experience Music Project/Science Fiction Museum.
I enjoyed exploring this amazing building that houses both museums (designed by architect Frank O. Gehry). And I was surprised and delighted by the Science Fiction Museum — it really was a homage to books and the big ideas in them that spark our imaginations and help shape our culture. Each exhibit included books and information about the authors and their ideas. If you are a science fiction fan who loves books and movies, then I recommend a visit to this museum.
The SF museum is divided into three sections: 1) Homeworld which “explores the foundations of science fiction–its big ideas, its relationship to culture and science and the qualities that make it unique.” I loved looking at the costumes and scripts and memorabilia for some of my favorite Sci Fi movies and TVseries. And I was so impressed with the books that were displayed — many of them signed first editions!
2) Fantastic Voyages “with exhibitions and activities devoted to technologies that have been imagined, such as spaceships that travel faster than the speed of light;”
and 3) Brave New Worlds where you can learn more about the “strangely disquieting societies” for which science fiction is known.
When we arrived at the museum yesterday afternoon, we found numerous news reporters outside the building interviewing people. We didn’t know what was going on until we got inside and were told the breaking news– that Michael Jackson had just died. It was an interesting day to visit the museum, but today would be even more interesting! Today the place is crowded with people who need a place to listen to his music and remember his talent, and the curators even put his black sequined jacket and one of his sequined gloves on display for all those who have come to remember him.