Monday, October 3, 2022

Vacant retail space to reopen as museum of space exploration near San Francisco

NOVATO, Calif. USA /PRNewswire/ — The W Foundation (TWF) will be opening a new space exploration museum in the San Francisco Bay Area. The emphasis will be on the history of space exploration, and how discoveries in science and technology allowed the U.S. to be the leader in space travel.

The Space Station will be located in the Pacheco Plaza, a shopping center located in the upscale Ignacio neighborhood of Marin County. This unique museum will give the public a rare opportunity to touch space-flown artifacts from TWF’s extensive collection of U.S., Russian and Soviet items used in space exploration.

The decision to open this new education center is based on the tremendous success of the temporary exhibit put on this July by TWF and Walter Kieckhefer Company (WKC) displayed in one of WKC’s vacant retail spots. The two-day exhibit attracted over 600 visitors.

“This is a ‘win, win’ for The W Foundation, Walter Kieckhefer Company (WKC) and our community, because a vacant retail space is filled and the public gains a new education venue in their neighborhood,” says Ken Winans, co-president of The W Foundation.

A ribbon cutting is planned for October 7th at 6pm with legendary astronauts Rick Searfoss, John Herrington and Dick Gordon in attendance. During their 6 missions, they have collectively traveled in space 66 days, performed 23 hours of space walks and journeyed to the moon.

The museum will open to the public in November.

For more information, contact The W Foundation

The W Foundation is a volunteer staffed and privately funded 501c3 non-profit corporation founded in 2002. It owns one of the largest private collections of U.S., Russian and Soviet space exploration artifacts, and it sponsors the “Navy in Space” exhibit during Fleet Week.

The organization has attracted legendary figures such as Apollo 12 Astronaut Dick Gordon, award-winning actor Bill Pullman and video game designer Will Wright to its Board of Advisors.

Judith Rubin
Judith Rubin
Judith Rubin ([email protected]) is a leading journalist, publicist, strategist, blogger, content marketing specialist and connector in the international attractions industry. She excels at writing about all aspects of design and technical design, production and project management. Areas of special interest include AV integration and show control, lighting design and acoustics, specialty cinema, digital video and world’s fairs. Judith has ties to numerous industry organizations. From 2005-2020 she ran communications, publications and social media for the Themed Entertainment Association (TEA). In 2013, she was honored with the TEA Service Award. She was development director of IMERSA, and co-chair of the 2014 IMERSA Summit. She was publicist for the Large Format Cinema Association in the 1990s, now part of the Giant Screen Cinema Association (GSCA) and has also contributed to the publications of PLASA, IAAPA and the International Planetarium Society. Already making her mark as a magazine and book editor, Judith joined World’s Fair magazine in 1987, which introduced her to the attractions industry. Launching as a freelancer in the mid 1990s she has contributed to dozens of publications and media outlets including Funworld, Lighting&Sound America, Sound & Communications, Urban Land, The Raconteur and The Planetarian. She joined InPark in 2010. Judith earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Pratt Institute. She has lived in New York City and the San Francisco Bay Area, and now makes her home in Saint Louis, where she is active in the local arts and theater community.

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