Star Trek: The Tour, which hasn’t been heard of since they ended their inaugural stop in Long Beach in March, has been reborn as "Star Trek: The Exhibition" and will be (re)launching at the San Diego Air and Space Museum on June 21st. TrekMovie has the exclusive first details on this new traveling Trek show.
From Tour to Exhibition
One of the most common questions emailed into TrekMovie.com over the last few months has been ‘what ever happened to Star Trek The Tour?’ The Tour was announced last December and had a big premiere in January at the Queen Mary in Long Beach, CA, and ran until early March. Since that time things went quiet, but behind the scenes the show was being refined and there was a change in management and a change of name. ‘The Exhibition’ is now being run by Premier Exhibitions, Inc, who handle a number of museum quality touring exhibitions, including the Titanic Artifact Exhibition. In a statement Bruce Eskowitz, CEO of Premier Exhibitions, Inc. said:
We are thrilled to add Star Trek The Exhibition to our ever growing roster of exhibitions. The universal appeal of these beloved television series and blockbuster films allows us the opportunity to bring an exclusive experience that will not only capture the imagination of visitors but allow each to turn fantasy into reality. We’re taking families on a voyage through the history of the future.
New Exhibition Logo
Focus on museums – San Diego first
The Exhibition will be different than plans for the tour, most notably in that it will be targeting museums. The first one is the San Diego Air and Space Museum in Balboa Park, where the Exhibition will premiere on June 21st for a limited engagement. Future cities will be announced later. The Exhibition will feature hands-on attractions, sets, costumes and props from all 5 Trek TV series and all 10 feature films.
Highlights of Star Trek The Exhibition include:
- Once in a lifetime opportunity to become part of the U.S.S. Enterprise crew and stand on the bridge from the original television series. Visitors can memorialize their experience as Captain with a photograph of the original cast – including Mr. Spock, Dr. McCoy and Mr. Scott.
- Re-creations of original sets from Star Trek: The Next Generation®, including Captain Picard’s quarters and command chair.
- Ride through the Galaxy in two full-motion flight simulators.
- Star with the original cast in an episode of their choice and watch themselves interact with Star Trek icons including Mr. Spock and Mr. Scott. Guests can take home a DVD of their cameo to share with family and friends.
- Re-creation of the Transporter Room from Star Trek: The Next Generation.
- The Guardian of Forever from the original Star Trek series.
More compact – more informative
The biggest difference between The Tour and The Experience is that it is more compact. That is by design so that it will work better within the museum environment. But this time the exhibits will be more interactive and much more informative. With the tour, the props and costumes were all in glass cases with very little context. With The Exhibition they will be more often out in the open and with more informative content about their importance and relationship to actual space exploration and science. All of this is being worked on by Treksperts Mike and Denise Okuda.
Another difference with The Exhibition is that it will stay in each city longer. No official word yet on how long it will be in San Diego, but TrekMovie is told it will likely be through the end of the year and will certainly be there during the San Diego Comic-Con in late July. The San Diego Museum seems a more suitable location than the former Spruce Goose hanger in Long Beach and the museum seems thrilled to have it. In a statement, Jim Kidrick, President and CEO of the San Diego Air and Space Museum, said:
Star Trek the Exhibition is the ultimate voyage through a legendary piece of iconic history giving visitors a first hand look at the scientific endeavors of the Enterprise crew. We hope that this will inspire the next generation to explore careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics and motivate everyone to boldly go where no one has gone before.
More information at the San Diego Museum’s new subsite for Star Trek The Exhibition which went live Saturday.
Lower ticket prices
Tickets for Star Trek The Exhibition cost $24 for adults and $16 for children. They can be purchased at the San Diego Air and Space Museum box office. The prices are significantly lower than those of ‘The Tour,’ and about the same as the similar traveling museum exhibition “Star Wars Where Science Meets Imagination.” Special prices are available for military, seniors, students, and museum members (more info at the museum site). There are also discounts for groups of 15 or more, for info visit www.ticketsforgroups.com or call 800-840-1157 for more information.
But wait…there’s more (Exhibitions)
Although the Exhibition will remain longer in each city, there will still be more cities getting Trek soon. A result of Exhibition being more compact than ‘The Tour’ is that they will be able to run two Exhibits simultaneously. CBS and Premier are now working on what the second city will be, but it will include the recreation of the Enterprise D bridge set along with a similarly sized collection of props and costumes along with its own simulator rides. Stay tuned to TrekMovie.com for more updates on both San Diego and additional cities for Star Trek: The Exhibition.