Star Trek The Exhibition, the traveling 9,000 square foot museum exhibit of Star Trek history, continues its eastward march across the USA. Tonight, The Detroit Free Press reports the next stop for STTE will be at the Detroit Science Center in February. This Exhibit will also coincide with a Star Trek themed planetarium show.
First mid west stop
Premier Exhibitions, who runs Star Trek The Exhibition, has not yet made an announcement, but The Detroit Free Press reports that the stop in Detroit will be announced by the Detroit Science center later on Wednesday, with tickets going on sale on Friday. This will be the third stop for The Exhibit and the first in the Midwest. It opens on February 14th and will remain in Detroit until September 7th. According to the report, the Science Center will offer a companion planetarium show which will feature famous Star Trek locations "such as the Andromeda galaxy; the Deneb star; the red dwarf star, Wolf 359, and the Orion nebula."
The article also quotes Mike Okuda who has been working on STTE, who said of the set recreations:
…in some ways, it’s even a little bit better than being on the set. On the set, there are usually pieces of wall missing and in the space where they aren’t filming is full of lights and equipment and stuff. Here, it’s dressed and lit in its entirety.
Second Stop for Engagement One
Just last month TrekMovie reported on the opening of the second engagement of Star Trek The Exhibit in Phoenix, while the first remains open in San Diego, CA. It is that first engagement that is headed to Detroit after it closes in San Diego in January. Both exhibits contain original props, models and wardrobe spanning all five Star Trek series and films, and both feature motion simulators. The biggest distinction between the two is the first engagement (now in San Diego, headed to Detroit) has a recreation of the TOS bridge, while the second one (now in Phoenix) has a recreation of the TNG bridge.
Pictures from first engagement
The following pictures are from the first engagement of Star Trek The Exhibition, currently in San Diego. This engagement is headed to Detroit.
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Many Trek fans want to know where ST: The Exhibition is going next. The answer is that nobody knows. Premier Exhibitions is doing this one city at a time and so there is not a master list at this point. Generally the new cities are announced a few months ahead of time. The second engagement, which is currently in Phoenix, will likely move on to a new city sometime in mid 2009, but we will probably not know where until a couple of months prior to the opening of the new city. TrekMovie will report any new information about plans for ST: The Exhibition as it becomes available.
UPDATE: Official Press release
Premier Exhibitions, Inc. announced today that STAR TREK THE EXHIBITION will make its Midwest debut at the Detroit Science Center on February 14, 2009 for a limited engagement. This multi-city touring exhibition contains the world’s most comprehensive collection of authentic Star Trek ships, set re-creations, costumes and props from 5 television series and 10 films over the last 40+ years.
This unparalleled experience, which recently made its nation tour debut at the San Diego Air and Space Museum, enables the public to step inside the Star Trek universe and become active participants in the legacy that has captivated our imagination for generations. Whether it is sitting on a recreation of the original U.S.S. Enterprise bridge or traveling through space on motion simulators, STAR TREK THE EXHIBITION fully immerses visitors in the legendary television adventure that has become synonymous with scientific innovation and ingenuity.
“STAR TREK THE EXHIBITION is an incredible journey through space and time, and will give our visitors a close encounter with the science and exploration of the universe, as seen through the unique perspective of the Star Trek experience,” said Todd Slisher, Detroit Science Center Vice President of Science Programs. “The Star Trek franchise has inspired people for generations, and we feel that this exhibit will similarly inspire our visitors to seek out the real-life science, engineering, technology principles that lie behind the stories and destinations of the Enterprise.”
“Science meets science fiction in STAR TREK THE EXHIBITION,” states Arnie Geller, Chairman and CEO of Premier Exhibitions, Inc. “Visitors to the Detroit Science Center will not only explore modern day technology and advancements that were inspired by this groundbreaking series but view one-of-a-kind costumes, props and filming models from this remarkable series. This exhibition will ultimately allow individuals to connect the dreams of the big screen with the reality of actual space exploration.”
Highlights of STAR TREK THE EXHIBITION include:
- Re-creations of original sets from Star Trek: The Next Generation, including Captain Picard’s quarters and command chair.
- A chance to ride through a Star Trek adventure in two full-motion flight simulators.
- A full-scale recreation of the Transporter Room from Star Trek: The Next Generation.