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Star Trek The Exhibition Opens In Phoenix – Full Report w/ Pictures & Video November 16, 2008

by Kayla Iacovino , Filed under: Conventions/Events/Attractions,Trek Franchise , trackback

Today, Star Trek: The Exhibition opened its second engagement in the Arizona Science Center in Phoenix, Arizona to plenty of eager fans. TrekMovie got an exclusive first look at the impressive traveling Trek exhibit, including being shown around by Mike and Denise Okuda. With tons of original costumes, prop replicas, and set recreations, fans and non-fans alike are sure to be engaged by this very well put together show.

Original Props and Costumes
Much of the Exhibition’s volume was full of original props and costumes used in production of the various TV series and movies. Mike and Denise Okuda were on hand to answer questions and offer their unique views of the pieces of Star Trek history which are on display. They were very impressed by the efforts of Premier Exhibitions — the company now in charge of Star Trek: The Exhibition — to treat props and costumes with professionalism.

“We love working with Premier Exhibitions. They are really hard working people. These people are used to working with museum artifacts, with the white gloves and everything. That’s how they treated the Star Trek props — like museum artifacts.”

A big draw for the public is the ability to, for the first time, interact with the props and sets they have seen in the shows and movies over the years. Mike Okuda commented on what it’s like to see the public respond to the exhibit, “It’s lovely to see people go ‘Oh, that’s the actual shuttle craft!'”

Original Costumes
The exhibit features tons of original costumes worn by the actors in the various TV series and movies. The original series costumes include: Khan’s outfit from TWOK, several engineering costumes from TMP, several TOS outfits, and plenty of Kirk’s uniforms from various movies. There was plenty of The Next Generation uniforms as well such as: Picard, Troi, Guinan, Dr. Crusher, and Picard as Robin Hood.

Entrance hallway with costumes (Photo credit: Lee Whiteside)

TMP Engineering uniform

Khan uniform from TWOK

Original and Replica Props
While the props on display were mostly replicas (not actually used on screen), they were spectacularly done. Some of the highlights include the original Enterprise-D crash model used in Generations, the original Scorpion vehicle from Nemesis, and a TOS-style Captain’s chair made for one of shows that recreated the TOS bridge (probably “Relics” or “Trials and Tribbleations”). Click on the images to see a larger version.

Original Enterprise-D crash model from Generations

Original Scorpion vehicle from Nemesis

TOS-style Captain’s chair

Various prop replicas in display cases

Alien masks and headpieces designed by Michael Westmore
(Photo credit: Lee Whiteside)

Set Recreations
There are a total of 4 set recreations including the Enterprise D bridge, Beverly Crusher’s sick bay, the Enterprise D Main Engineering, and Quark’s bar. The obvious fan favorite, the Enterprise D bridge where fans can get a photo op, was very exquisitely done and by far the biggest draw for fans. Mike and Denise Okuda noted:

“Our favorite part of the Exhibition is to stand here on the Enterprise D bridge and watch peoples eyes light up as they come around the corner. They’ve seen these places on television, and they are a part of the stories that happened there. Now it’s visceral.”

All of the set recreations were supervised by Herman Zimmerman (a production designer for Star Trek). The Okudas were especially impressed with the bridge set up:

“It’s actually better than the real thing. Normally a real set is only half of the full thing and full of camera and lighting equipment.”

A local Star Trek fan club on the bridge
(Photo credit: Lee Whiteside)

Mike and Denise Okuda on the Enterprise-D bridge
(Photo credit: Lee Whiteside)

Beverly Crusher’s sick bay

Main Engineering of the Enterprise-D

Simulator Rides
The simulator rides are not yet in place at the Exhibition. The first of two — which should be installed by Tuesday — is a two person ride which plays a simulation featuring Lt. Worf voiced by Michael Dorn and doubles as a flight simulator which can rotate 360° in all three dimensions. The second motion simulator isn’t set to arrive for about 3-4 weeks and will run the same Lt. Worf simulation but can hold up to 15 passengers.

Arizona Science Center
Seeing that the exhibit is being housed at the Arizona Science Center, there was a definite emphasis on the science behind Star Trek. Throughout the exhibit, there were plaques and posterboards explaining how real Star Trek science might work, and how it might not work. Star Trek: The Exhibition is on display now in downtown Phoenix and will remain there until May 10th, 2009.

Pricing Non-Members Members
Adult $20.00 $10
Senior (62+) $17.00 $10
College (18-25) w/ ID $18.00 $10
Youth (13-17) $18.00 $10
Children (3-12) $16.00 $9
Adult Groups $14.00 N/A
Student Youth Groups $11.00 N/A
Audio Tour $6 $6
Motion Simulator (Each) $6 $6

For more info visit

STTE + Okudas on local news
The opening of Star Trek The Exhibition was featured on the local FOX station. You can watch two videos, one a general run through and another featuring Mike and Denise


There is also more coverage from the opening at the local Trek fan club: United Federation of Phoenix

Still open in San Diego
The Phoenix Exhibit is only one of two ‘engagements’ of Star Trek The Exhibition. The first one (that includes the recreation of the TOS bridge) is still open at the San Diego Air and Space Museum, and will remain there until January. For more info and tickets for that visit



1. Centurian Bachra - November 16, 2008

If I had the money to fly out there I so would. Take my 4 year old Trekkie son too. lol. FIRST?!?

2. THE SMOKE - November 16, 2008

This is very cool , i have to go.

3. rm10019 - November 16, 2008

Glad to see it’s back open, and I hope to see it in person! First?

4. Mr. AtoZ - November 16, 2008

Wow, very kool…

5. Mr. AtoZ - November 16, 2008

I’d give money to be able to delete anyone who says “FIRST!”

6. Duane - November 16, 2008

I sure wish they had a replica of the TOS bridge. Otherwise, looks pretty cool.

7. Ed G. - November 16, 2008

That’s pretty cool. Is this coming to Minneapolis?

8. rm10019 - November 16, 2008

sadly Mr. AtoZ is just a librarian and not a webmaster :)

9. Mr. AtoZ - November 16, 2008

rm10019 this is true

10. rm10019 - November 16, 2008

lol, the ‘first’ thing bothers me too, but I just had to try. I even considered saying it everytime I post just to expose the lunacy of it!

11. Windsor Bear - November 16, 2008

Gee… they used the original TOS Enterprise in their sign. Imagine that.

12. steve-o - November 16, 2008

but where did the tos bridge go?!

13. Mr. AtoZ - November 16, 2008

rm10019 I did that a few times and they started deleting my messages.

14. rm10019 - November 16, 2008

Well Mr. AtoZ I applaud your efforts and will heed the warning.

15. Sean4000 - November 16, 2008

Not very often second chances like this are given. A trip is being planned.

16. JP - November 16, 2008

I found a pic of Yoko and Sean Lennon on the bridge and transporter lol that was great

17. Sean4000 - November 16, 2008

I thought they shut this down too! whew.

18. Anthony Pascale - November 16, 2008

one more time, our posting policy is that posts with ONLY ‘first’ ‘second’ etc will be deleted, but if you actually write something and tack it on, it will not be deleted…even though it is not encouraged and I personally find it silly (and usually it is wrong since by the time you post someone else will beat you)

discussion of this policy should be at

This thread is for Kayla’s article. Thank’s Kayla. I think doing Trek at science museums is much better than the original Tour and fits better with the brand.

This week TrekMovie is everywhere. We have first hand exclusive reports coming from Trek events in from London, Cologne, Paris, Madrid, Los Angeles and now Phoenix…it has been a busy week for Trek. But if something is happening with Trek, we will try to have a man (or woman) there!

19. Enterprise - November 16, 2008

Hey, the Enterprise D has wood floors!

20. JR - November 16, 2008

Hey, I’m 20th!!!!! Oh, well, since this thing is my back yard… I’ll go and let you know how it is!

21. Desertrat - November 16, 2008

I’ll be making my way up from Tucson to see it.

22. Yspano - November 16, 2008

Oh my God, Mike Okuda has gotten so old!

23. Michael (The real one in Texas by way of Afghanistan) - November 16, 2008

Is there a schedule for other cities?
I checked Premier Exhibitions web site, and they only have San Diego & Phoenix listed
Would love to find out if they are coming to the Dallas/Ft. Worth area.

24. TrekMadeMeWonder - November 16, 2008

Someone please turn on the Bridge dome lights.

25. THX-1138 - November 16, 2008

Sorry, I just have to ask:

Kirk’s chair is a replica, isn’t it? The last time I saw the original it looked great but definitely about 40 years old. That one above looks brand new. And yes, I did read that most of the props were replicas. I just was wondering if it had been moved from the Science Fiction museum and regretfully restored.

26. Aaron R. - November 16, 2008

Kirk “The motion rides???”

Blank stare from Captain Harriman…

“Don’t tell me, there being installed on tuesday!”


27. Wes - November 16, 2008

“and the original Captain Kirk’s chair from the original series.”

I dont think that is the one…Did the Okudas say that was the original? Because when Star Trek the tour was in Long Beach a lot of the stuff was repro, and you could tell it was not used. Here is the orig. chair auctioned off in 2002 as part of the Bob Justman collection

28. THX-1138 - November 16, 2008


Yep, that’s the one I saw. And that’s Kirk and Spock’s uniform tunics as well, along with the Enterprise model from “Trials and Tribbleations”.

Nice link.

29. Leonel - November 16, 2008

Would be nice if a list of cities were easily available. Is my memory fading me, or did one previously appear on

30. Valar1 - November 16, 2008

Wow, lots of girls in that fan club pic. When I was a member of a club it was a sausage party. Times have changed.

31. THX-1138 - November 16, 2008


According to the accompanying videos, that is a high school class, with their teacher in the center chair, and not a fan club. One would suspect that times have not changed as much as one would think.

But rest assured, it’s not hard to find beautiful female Star Trek fans. Just avoid the ones under 18 years old.

32. Anthony Pascale - November 16, 2008

I have checked on the TOS style chair. It was definately used on camera, but not from the 60s. It isnt clear what episode, but probably Relics or Trials and Tirbbilations.

33. THX-1138 - November 16, 2008

Thanks, AP. You da’ man. And you should check out Wes’ link. It has some great stuff.

34. Jason - November 16, 2008

Looks cool, any word on where it’s going once the San Diego one closes in January, cause I know the local science centre (Science World- which is that famous sphere here in Vancouver) has their feature exhibit until January, so it would seem like perfect timing for it to come up here.

35. =A= - November 16, 2008


36. Capt Mike from the Terran Empire - November 16, 2008

# 26. That was funny. But your right. The Rides will be installed on Tuesday. Im very tempted to take my vacation and go see both of the exhibitions in Sandieago and pheonix, Ill make it a Star Trek Week. I havt to since they probly won’t come to Austin Tx Area. Oh and by the way. 36Th!

37. Capt Mike from the Terran Empire - November 17, 2008

Yoy know Houston would be great with the Nasa space camp there and all things Nasa and Since Nasa did name the Space Shuttle and a lot of Nasa Scientist did get inspired by Trek it should go there.37th

38. number6 - November 17, 2008

Sad that the TOS bridge isn’t part of it. That was my motivating reason for wanting to check out this travelling exhibit in the first place. Hope the TOS bridge is back when they bring it to Boston.

39. Cobalt 1365 - November 17, 2008

Haha! I love how the anchor woman in the first video almost called it the Star Wars exhibit, and the anchor man couldn’t get the Live Long n’ Prosper hand signal down. Oh, I almost died when I saw that!

There’s no escaping it my friends, we are nerds.

40. Anthony Thompson - November 17, 2008

I noticed that the female co-anchor started to say Star “Wars” but then caught herself and said “Trek”.

41. tribble farmer - November 17, 2008

I’m going insane here. So close and yet so far…

42. Eric - November 17, 2008

No pictures of Quark’s? : (

43. Hat Rick - November 17, 2008

I love the idea that Trek props are being treated with the great care many of us believe they dearly deserve.

The exhibition looks terrific. I wish I could go and see it.

44. Even more Life Like - November 17, 2008

I hope when it comes here the TOS bridge is back!

45. John - November 17, 2008

Please come to Texas :(

46. raffie - November 17, 2008

‘Cory is at the Star Wwww… TREK exhibition’

47. Holger - November 17, 2008

Wonderful! Congratulations to everyone involved on the re-opening!

One comment on the text above: I don’t think there was a replica Captain’s chair in Trials and Tribble-ations. We saw TOS footage of the chair in that episode. They had replicas in Relics and in In A Mirror, Darkly.

48. Robert H. - November 17, 2008

“If I had the money to fly out there I so would. Take my 4 year old Trekkie son too. lol.”

I agree with you, Centurian Bachra. We have those weirdos who have their Graceland, we have this.

49. Eddy - November 17, 2008

I will be there this coming weekend i live in southern Arizona so it is just a hop skip and space shuttle to get there.

50. freezejeans - November 17, 2008

Thank you for the great article, Kayla. I am in Phoenix and work for a local TV station and am attempting to get a crew over there to cover it, at least for the website. The props and costumes look terrific!

51. gekigangerv - November 17, 2008

Capt. Mike, Space Camp isn’t in Houston, TX. It’s in Huntsville, AL and is an entity separate from NASA.

52. Capt Mike from the Terran Empire - November 17, 2008

Oh.I thought they had a space camp in houston.OH My Bad. Ok im back into the Agoniser Booth.Anthoney this is your fault.

53. Jason P Hunt - Kansas City Filmmaker - November 17, 2008

The mention of Space Camp reminds me that NASA has several satellite programs named for Christa McAuliffe throughout the US. One’s in south Kansas. They might not be big enough attractions in and of themselves, but coupled with a STAR TREK exhibit focused on science?

Methinks that’s a match.

I may have to send an e-mail.

54. cellojammer - November 17, 2008

The TOS bridge is in San Diego Exhibition. I believe they said it was about 20% than the actual set, but it was still very cool to be in there.

55. THX-1138 - November 17, 2008

I just watched the second video.

Please tell me:

At the end of the report did one of the anchors fart on the toss-back? WTF? Is this a professional news/talk show? And congratulations are in order for Michael and “Christine” Okuda on the Star Wwwww….Trek exhibit.

56. Finnegan - November 17, 2008

Looked to me like he was trying to wave off some kind of stench. Also, “Mr. Sulu, engage!” LOL

57. Mikey1091 - November 17, 2008

I have a message for all. STOP DOING THE “FIRST” THING! It is annoying and it just pisses people off. I am writing to Trekmovie to see if they can do something about it, because I’m damn sure I’m not the only person who is getting pissed with people posting that they were the first comment when they actually AREN’T. Now on to the Exhibition. Great pics and it looks great so far! I wish I had the money to fly out there, see it, spend the night, and fly home.

58. Quarksbartender - November 17, 2008

Hey guys the original captains chair is in the sci-film museum in Seattle. It’s a cool place I recomend it.

59. karanadon - November 17, 2008

Anthony, is it me or have the postponed the putting-up of the new trailer on the official website?! =S


60. Caspar - November 17, 2008

Hey, Anthony!!

Site’s not working great, but I found an eater egg. And I want to make sure you guys know I probably got it first.

When you click on Downloads, there is a red flash that says Incoming Transmission… click it and you get a download of Nero’s face in the same style as the two recent downloads for Kirk and Spock! :)

Thanks for the contest!

61. Bilar - November 17, 2008

I thought there was going to be a replica of the Original series Bridge. Is that going to be part of it at all?

62. Bianca Shepard - November 17, 2008

Great article and great photos! trekmovie is a wonderful resource for all things trekkie!

63. The TOS Purist aka The Purolator - November 17, 2008

What the hell happened to the TOS Bridge and Guardian of Forever? Why does TNG have to constantly ursurp TOS?

64. Anthony Pascale - November 17, 2008

RE: Quarks
that is Star Trek The EXPERIENCE, this is Star Trek The EXHIBITION.

RE: TOS bridge
That is at the other ‘engagement’ in San Diego (in fact it says that right in Kayla’s article)

I never understood why people moan about stuff when their issue is answered in the actual article above.

65. Picards_Protege1 - November 17, 2008

The original captain’s chair from TOS is in the Science Fiction Museum & Hall of Fame in Seattle, Washington. If you haven’t been there yet, it’s well worth the trip to Seattle – a beautiful city! (Although I am biased since since this is my home.) They also have a couple of TOS uniforms, the 1701 model used in “Trials and Tribbleations,” and all kinds of other wonderful science fiction artifacts.

66. THX-1138 - November 17, 2008


Please see post #’s 25, 27, and 28. Wes covered that nicely.

67. Steve Kelley - November 17, 2008

I can’t wait to see this!
I will be there as a guest speaker on the evening of Friday Nov. 28th talking about both my new Trek collectibles book and magazine.
I hope to see some of you there :o)


68. TrekFan - November 18, 2008

It would be nice if you all included a schedule of cities and dates this even will be traveling to.

Good job but a link and dates are VERY necessary!

No use to me w/out dates, please put in an addition.


69. THX-1138 - November 18, 2008

#67 Steve Kelley

Dude! I just bought your magazine last night at Hastings! Awesomely cool! I collect the ships and tech stuff, but I’ve always had a fondness for all things Trek. I’m just not into the overly kitschy stuff. I haven’t seen your book although I know of it. I would love to get more information on the Trek models that have been, are, and may yet be produced. I know that there is a company in Japan that was re-issuing some (?) like the Enterprise C.

And you can give me any of your “spare” ships if you like. You know, to make some space on your shelves. I’m always glad to help.

Great Mag!

70. Kayla Iacovino - November 18, 2008

#68 I can tell you that as of yet, Premier Exhibitions has not released a list of cities and dates. Otherwise that would be in this article.

71. Steve Kelley - December 6, 2008

I am glad to hear that you are enjoying the magazine.

Live Long and Collect.


72. McFly - March 20, 2009

What a disappointment-Why are you all gushing? Half the stuff is in another city.(Detroit?) And you cant take pic’s? That was just pathetic! I guess sellin pic’s on the bridge is really profitable, I passed.
Most of the props looked ‘super-cheese-moe’. I was imbarassed. I love trek but this was poorly done.McFly

73. trek fan - April 22, 2009

I have to agree, and for christ sake, the warp core lights are fking BLUE!!!!!!!!!! NOT white.. where’s the screen accuracy gone to these days? Do it RIGHT. It’s a insult to true trek fans who keep this industry alive, by recreating the sets and props WRONG. They even BROKE one of the prop rifles barrel that’s on display. How cheap do they make these things, and it’s a REcreation prop at that!! Of course the originals are locked away or long gone, but come on.. plus I have in authority that they don’t have enough space to dedicate to all the stuff they got, so it’s still in the basement all boxed up. I feel cheated for my money and if they can’t dedicate all the space necessary for the exhibit, then DON’T DO IT.

74. trek fan - April 22, 2009

I’m talking about the deeetroit exhibit here, but also noticed in the photo the one in ariz now, about the inaccuracy of the color of the warp core. Pathetic they can’t get it right. Just like crappy playmates toys.

75. Mike - April 30, 2009

Yes, I paid my 20 bucks at the Phoenix exhibit, and here’s my take on it: DON’T GO – DON’T GO – DON’T GO!!! WHAT A WASTE OF 20 BUCKS! most of the props are ‘replicas’, 90% of the models are glitzy silver-coated things that were never used. The advertisements said “Come sit in Capt Kirk’s chair”. WELL GUESS WHAT??? IT’S A LOUSY REPLICA, not the original, and the sign said “KEEP OFF!!!”. Then, to add insult to injury, you can’t take any pictures, but they’re sure ready to soak you for a pix or two (really cheesy at that). Very little original stuff, and the uniforms on display (behind glass, of course) look too cheaply made to have been worn by anyone. SAVE YOUR MONEY AND GO RENT THE MOVIE INSTEAD – THIS EXHIBIT SUCKS!!!! is represented by Gorilla Nation. Please contact Gorilla Nation for ad rates, packages and general advertising information.