Dina Benadon and Brent Young recently purchased the home in which Walt Disney was born in Chicago and are trying to restore it and turn it into a museum. The house was built by Disney’s father and Disney lived their from his birth in 1901 until 1905. Benadon and Young are trying to raise $500,000 through Kickstarter to achieve their goal.
The British Library will host its first ever exhibit of science fiction literature from 20 May to 25 September. The exhibit, which will be called “Out of this World: Science Fiction But Not As You Know It,” will include works by Mary Shelley, Edward Bulwer-Lytton, Francis Godwin, Cory Doctorow, and China Miéville, among others as it tracing the evolution of the genre.
The city of Baltimore has cut all funding towards the maintenance of the home of Edgar Allan Poe. The house, which is run by the city, hasn’t received funding since a package of spending cuts and tax increases was passed in Summer 2010. The house has been run using monies collected over the years by curator Jeff Jerome. According to Baltimore Planning Director Tom Stosur, the city is looking for a plan to make the museum self-sustaining and received four bids. A similar home in which Poe lived in Philadelphia is run by the National Parks Service.
The Science Fiction Museum in Seattle has announced that it will host an exhibit on Battlestar Galactica in cooperation with Universal Cable Productions and Syfy. The display will open on October 23 and will include props from the recently aired show, including three full sized spaceships and costumes. The exhibit will run through March 4, 2012.
The Higgins Armory Museum in Worcester, MA is hosting the exhibit “Beyond Belief: The Curious Collection of Professor Rufus Excalibur Bell” from June 20, 2009 through 2011. Built around the premise of a time-traveling curator who brings back samples of creatures believed to be mythical, the exhibit features the artwork of Somerville, Massachusetts artist Hilary Scott.
The London Science Museum is hosting Wallace & Gromit present A World of Cracking Ideas from March 28 through November 1. The exhibit includes a full size reproduction of the house at 42 West Wallaby Street an is designed to introduce kids to the creative process of invention and ideas.