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Admission is cheap at only $4 for adults, and although public admittance has been temporarily suspended in search of a new building, private viewings are available at by appointment at (800) 350-RACE. The Hall of Fame inductions for August 2006 can be purchased online at the Motorsports Hall of Fame website.
The Science Fiction Museum and Hall of Fame
Even if you don’t own every episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation on DVD, the Science Fiction Museum and Hall of Fame should be at the top of your nerd list. Created by former Microsoft techie Paul Allen, the Hall of Fame is located at the base of the space needle in Seattle in the famous Frank Gehry building. Celebrity architect Frank Gehry is known throughout the world for his far-out designs using shiny metal edifices and rounded corners, and the home of science fiction in Seattle is no exception. In addition to unbelievable exhibits, including robots, alien creatures and interactive games, the museum also features a mod café and lounge for tourists.
The exhibits in the museum are meant to stretch and bend the mind, causing tourists to see the way science fiction relates to culture and shapes the future. Exhibits like Brave New Worlds feature futuristic cities as well as famous science fiction cities in The Jetsons, The Matrix, and Blade Runner. Another exhibit of the weird, Them! is dedicated to famous and infamous extraterrestrials, including robots and androids.
Inductees into the Science Fiction Hall of Fame include Star Wars creator George Lucas, Steven Spielberg and famous science fiction author Isaac Asimov, who wrote books like I, Robot and Strange Playfellow.
Museum hours are Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and closing at 6.p.m on Fridays and Saturdays. Admission is $12.95 for adults and free for members. For more information or to buy tickets, check out the Science Fiction Hall of Fame website, a space age must-see as well.
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum
In the rockin’ city of Cleveland, Ohio, lies the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Museum, an ode to the generations of songwriters, musicians and rock stars who have inspired revolutions and prom classics. New to the museum is Haunting and Yearning: The Life and Music of Roy Orbison, a tribute to the love ballad legend whose black sunglasses and smooth voice churned out hits like “Pretty Woman” and “Only the Lonely.”
Permanent exhibits include artifacts from the John Lennon era, the beginning of jazz and Eric Clapton’s stage guitar. Contemporary celebrities frequently stop by the museum, and fans can see photos of celebrity visitors on the website. Admission is steep for adults at $20 but definitely worth it if you love rock music history. Packages and discounts are also available.
Music, sports and science fiction are only a few of the museum and hall of fame genres in the United States. Conduct your own research at your favorite Internet search engine.