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The two ‘engagements’ of Star Trek: The Exhibition have been traveling the country for the last year, and this month both of them have landed in California. The first opened in Hollywood last weekend, and on Friday the second opens in San Jose. We have photos from the Hollywood engagement below, plus details on the opening in San Jose, where George Takei is going to help kick it off.
Star Trek: The Exhibition Goes Hollywood
The engagement of Star Trek: The Exhibition, first opened in Phoenix last year and then moved to Philadelphia earlier this year, has now opened at the Hollywood and Highland Center last week. This centerpiece of this engagement is a recreation of the bridge of the USS Enterprise D from Star Trek The Next Generation. Although not quite as exacting as the recreation at the former Star Trek: The Experience in Las Vegas, this bridge is quite impressive and a lot of fun to see and play in. You can also get photos of yourself on the bridge taken by a professional photographer (at additional cost).
But there is much more to the exhibit than just D bridge. Other large pieces include an actual Reman ‘Scorpion’ fighter from Star Trek Nemesis, Quark’s bar (and a Dabo Table) from Deep Space Nine, a display of the Enterprise D sickbay and engineering room (with original furniture and props), plus captain’s chairs from The Original Series Enterprise (1701) and Star Trek Nemesis (1701-E).
In addition to the large pieces, there are original costume displays throughout the exhibit, including some rare finds like Khan outfit from Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, Zefram Cochrane’s outfit from Star Trek First Contact and some Original Series bridge uniforms. There are also displays of genuine props scattered throughout The Exhibition. All displays come with excellent notations, and some the costumes even have LCD displays showing you the films or episodes where they appeared.
And although the Star Trek The Exhibition was put together over a year before the premiere of the new JJ Abrams Star Trek movie, there is a whole wall of genuine costumes and props from that film.
In addition to all that, there is Star Trek artwork, information displays (like ‘Real Trek Science’ and the ‘History of the Future’), and interactive kiosks where you can take Star Trek trivia quizzes, and more.
All in all Star Trek The Exhibition in Hollywood is a fun time and informative, even for a hard core fan. For a Star Trek fan, Star Trek The Exhibition is worth the $16.50 price of admission (and their are discounts for children, students, seniors and military). The Hollywood Blvd. location is convenient for other destinations, including Madame The Chinese Theater and the new Hollywood Madam Tausauds. The Exhibition team are also planning some special events and guest speakers. TrekMovie will provide updates as more details are announced.
Tickets can be purchased at the box office or in advance at www.ticketweb.com. The exhibit is open seven days a week: Sunday through Thursday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; and Friday and Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. For more information, text “Hollywood” to 75309 or call 866-940-3976. The address for the exhibit is 6801 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, CA, 90028. Visit the STAR TREK: THE EXHIBITION fan page on Facebook here. And follow the exhibition on Twitter @StarTrekhwood
ST: The Exhibition Hollywood looking for Volunteers
One of the features of ST: The Exhibition will be docents to guide guests around and explain the back story of the various parts of the exhibit. They are looking for guest docents and volunteers for a variety of positions to be a part of the exhibit over the next three months. If you are interested call 866-940-3976.
George Takei to help open Star Trek The Exhibition in San Jose
The other engagement of Star Trek: The Exhibition (the one with the Original Series as its centerpiece) opens up at The Tech Museum in San Jose this Friday, October 23rd. On Tuesday, George Takei, Star Trek’s original Sulu (along with a group of costumed Klingons) will be on hand to give media tours and previews of The Exhibition.
For more information on Star Trek The Exhibition in San Jose, visit the official site at thetech.org/StarTrek