Star Trek The Exhibition, the traveling museum exhibit of Star Trek history, is headed to the Silicon Valley. Today The Tech Museum in San Jose, CA announced it will be hosting ST: The Exhibition starting October 23rd, and this ‘engagement’ will be the biggest ever and also include elements of the new Star Trek movie. Details below.
Trek to The Tech: bigger + Star Trek 2009 comes on board
Premier Exhibitions is currently running two ‘engagements’ of Star Trek The Exhibition, featuring simulators, original costumes, genuine props and authentic recreations of sets from all five Star Trek television series and the Star Trek feature films. The one headed to The Tech Museum in San Jose will be based primarily on the engagement that started in San Diego and is currently at the Detroit Science Museum (ending on September 9th), and includes the shooting model for the Borg cube from First Contact and a complete recreation of the original series bridge. However Tech Museum’s senior director of marketing Elizabeth Williams tells TrekMovie that The Tech engagement will be bigger, taking advantage of their 15,000+ square foot space, where the Detroit museum had only 9,000 square feet. Williams says that Premiere Exhibits and CBS are currently going through their warehouse of Star Trek memorabilia to bring more components to San Jose.
The engagement in Detroit opened in February and so there were no elements of the new Star Trek movie, however that will be rectified for the engagement in San Jose. Firstly, the events of Star Trek are going to be added to the ‘History of the Future’ wall (although how they deal with the new timeline will be interesting). Plus there will be some original props and costumes from JJ Abrams Star Trek film. The second engagement of Star Trek: The Exhibition, which opened at Philadelphia’s Franklin Institute on May 16th, also had some Star Trek props and costumes added.
San Jose’s The Tech is one of the premiere science and technology museums in America. Located in the heart of the Silicon Valley, The Tech puts an emphasis on hands-on technology and education. Star Trek seems like a perfect fit for the museum, as noted by The Tech president Peter Friess who said in a statement:
Once again, we’ve successfully endeavored to bring our visitors an exhibition that everyone on the planet – and even strange new worlds – can relate to, learn from and enjoy. Star Trek is deeply grounded in science and technology topics such as physics and astronomy. We think visiting scientists, engineers, educators and others will agree that hosting the Exhibition at The Tech Museum is perfectly logical.
According to Williams, The Tech is already looking into ways it can enhance its technology, science and astronomy galleries in order to integrate some of the Star Trek feel to them.
The Star Trek Exhibition at The Tech will be housed in the Parkside hall – operated by Team San Jose – adjacent to the museum. It opens for a limited engagement on October 23rd and will run through the Holidays, but The Tech may extended it into 2010. Tickets went on sale today at thetech.org/StarTrek. It costs $25 for adults, $19 for children, $22 for students and seniors. Tickets include admission to the rest of The Tech museum. Simulator tickets are extra.
More pictures of Star Trek The Exhibition
The following pictures are from the first engagement of Star Trek The Exhibition, in San Diego which went to Detroit and his headed next to San Jose.
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