On February 14th the first ‘engagement’ of Star Trek The Exhibition, makes its Midwest debut at the Detroit Science Center. The Exhibition features genuine Trek memorabilia along with recreations and motion simulator rides. TrekMovie has full details along with other related activities at the science center and comments from Star Trek vet Mike Okuda who is helping put it all together.
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Star Trek The Exhibition is a multi-city touring exhibition of most comprehensive collection of authentic Star Trek ships, set recreations, costumes and props, spanning the entire Trek franchise, including all 5 TV series and all 10 feature films.
Veteran Star Trek designers and historians Mike and Denise Okuda have been working with Premiere Exhibitions on Star Trek The Exhibition, helping put together the collections as well as the descriptions. Speaking to TrekMovie, Mike Okuda broke down what visitors can expect to see at the engagement in Detroit:
A detailed recreation of the Original Series USS Enterprise bridge (where you can get your photo taken superimposed with images of the TOS cast) [chair and nav console are screen-used from one of the DS9 or TNG episodes that showed the TOS era bridge]
Recreations of sets from Next Generation, including Captain Picard’s quarters and command chair, and Transporter room (another photo opportunity)
Recreation of The Guardian of Forever
Motion simulator rides, featuring a new movie with the voice of Michael Dorn (Worf)
Ten genuine filming miniature models including a 10-foot long Enterprise D, a TMP travel pod and a TNG Klingon attack cruiser
Over a dozen genuine costumes, including hero costumes from all five Trek captains (Kirk, Picard, Sisko, Janeway, and Archer), along with more TOS consumes from the 60s, a 7 of 9 catsuit and more
A large collection of genuine screen used props, including a photon torpedo
Genuine Trek set pieces, including a Klingon command chair and a USS Enterprise D Captain’s chair
This ‘engagement’ of The Exhibition is the same one that opened in San Diego last summer, the second engagement is still at the Arizona Science Center in Phoenix. The two traveling ‘engagements’ of ST: The Exhibition evolved from ST: The Tour which never got past its first stop at the Queen Mary a year ago. Mike Okuda explains how The Exhibition is different than The Tour:
For the museum setting for The Exhibition they have taken the time to properly label the artifacts to explain their significance and their scientific context better.
Pricing for The Exhibition is $18.99 for adults and $14.99 for kids and seniors, and that includes entry to the rest of the Science Center. There are additional charges for the simulator, audio tours and photos. Group pricing is also available. More info at detroitsciencecenter.org.
But wait, there’s more
The Detroit Science Center is doing more than just adding the Exhibit, they are creating a number of other activities within and around the exhibit to enhance the experience.
Star Trek Costumed staff
In order to create the most Trek-ified atmosphere, the Science Center has purchased a number of Star Trek uniforms to be worn by their staff working around The Exhibition. In addition, they have arranged to have a number of volunteers from local Star Trek clubs, especially the USS Intrepid from Dearborn, MI. Staff and volunteers will be dressed in Starfleet (both humans and Vulcans), Klingons and additional aliens.
There will also be regular educational activities around the museum (check the schedule), where science educators will highlight various ‘Treknologies’ and explain how some are coming to be (like cell phones and tricorders) and they will also explore how some are still to be discovered (like transporters and warp drive.
Star Trek Planetarium show – ‘An Enterprising Journey’
The Science Center has created a new Star Trek-themed planetarium show called ‘An Enterprising Journey.’ The show will highlight real life destinations visited in Star Trek, including stars, nebulae and black holes, such as the galactic core (visited in Star Trek V), Wolf 359 (from "Best of Both Worlds"), many others.
Star Trek Weddings
The Science Center will also be renting out The Exhibit for weddings and receptions, so if you want to get married on the bridge of the Enterprise, this is your chance.
And there is much more in the Science Center itself including the IMAX theater, the regular shows at the Planetarium, the new Engineering theater, and permanent exhibits which include original an Apollo trainer and 1/10 scale models of a number of rockets from past and future NASA missions.
Staff training at ST: The Exhibition at Detroit Science Center
Let this be your gateway…at ST: The Exhibition at Detroit Science Center
Propose this weekend – enter to win a free wedding
Anyone in the area who has been thinking about popping the question, may want to do it on Saturday. In honor of opening day coinciding with Valentine’s day, the Detroit Science Center is giving any couple who get engaged at The Exhibition on Saturday a chance to win a ‘ultimate wedding package’ which includes private use of the exhibition, reception space at the Detroit Science Center for 200 guests and two night’s accommodations for the wedding couple at the Star Trek Suite at the MGM Grand Detroit Hotel and Casino. More info on the contest at detroitsciencecenter.org/ultimate wedding.
Beam in your wedding part at ST: The Exhibition at Detroit Science Center
Star Trek The Exhibition opens to the public on Valentine’s Day February 14th and will run until September 7th, 2009. There is a special preview on Friday night for Science Center members. More info at detroitsciencecenter.org.