Science Fiction Museum: A Recommended Summer Stop in Seattle
By Brenda Cooper, 2004
The new Science Fiction Museum and Hall of Fame is a fantastic stop for a stroll through many aspects of Science Fiction.
If you love books and writers, you?ll find biographies, letters, first editions, and memorabilia. And of course, the Hall of Fame itself.
Perhaps the great science fiction movies and television shows entertained you? Captain Kirk’s chair from the original Star Trek is displayed just inside the entrance. I was personally amazed and pleased to see the cityscape from Blade Runner.
Aliens and robots abound. And what would Science Fiction be without its starships?
Many of the writers that Glen and I have recommended over the years are Board Members. Blend these people with Paul Allen’s imagination and resources, add the SFM staff (and all of them whom I’ve met have been enthusiastic and brilliant individuals), and I’m not surprised the result is so wonderful. The museum is very interactive, with excellent special effects to complement the more standard displays.
The only thing really, to be wished for is more space. The existing space is artfully used, but I wanted more of almost every exhibit, as well as a little more white space to stop and enjoy. It’s noisy, in a good way. And very likely to appeal to many ages. Plan about an hour and a half inside the museum. Note that SFM is co-housed with the Experience Music Project, also worth visiting. Heck, the building is worth visiting, if you haven’t been. It’s downright strange. A monorail runs through it.
Do stop by.