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The Science Fiction Museum and Hall of Fame (now Museum of Pop Culture) was the world's first museum devoted to the thought-provoking ideas and experiences of science fiction. SFM’s exhibitions promoted awareness and appreciation of science fiction literature and media while encouraging visitors to envision new futures for humanity.

Curators: Jacob McMurray, Dan Molitor, Larry Reid, Therese Littleton
Exhibition Design and Art Direction: LD Gertz & Associates, Kirk Design Inc.
Interactive Design: Brian Phraner
Films: Big Buddha Baba

Museum of Pop Culture, Seattle, June 18, 2004 - 2011


What sets science fiction apart from other fantasies, and why does it so permeate our society?

Two simple words enable the genre:  What if…?  This is the magic phrase that opens wide the imagination, and from this foundation all else follows. Unlike other forms of fiction, where the use of what if…? is limited to the exactness of the here and now, science fiction knows no boundaries or constraints.

Some might turn to it looking for absolutes, but that isn’t what they are likely to find. Science fiction’s strength comes from its ability to suggest what might be, or what could be, not what will be. It is a means of observation and extrapolation, not prediction. It is also a whole lot of fun.

Selected Press:
  • LA Times: “Where Science, Fiction Meet”︎
  • NBC News: “Sci-Fi Museum goes back to the future”︎