An important piece of Star Trek history is returning to display in Washington DC for the first time in years as the Smithsonian has been renovating the Air and Space Museum. We have the details on the return of the original USS Enterprise.
The return of a legend
Star Trek: The Original Series used ground-breaking visual effects techniques to create the iconic space scenes featuring the USS Enterprise. The centerpiece of this work was an 11-foot-long model of Enterprise and in 1974 Paramount donated it to the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum where it has been on display in various locations over the decades with its latest display put up following a significant conservation project on the model in 2016.
In 2019 the model was taken off display as part of the museum’s larger renovation. While the full renovation will not be completed until later this year, the museum has announced that the Enterprise will be back on display earlier than expected. According to a spokesperson for the museum, the filming model display will be available to the public starting on October 14 as part of the Boeing Milestones of Flight Hall. According to the museum, the USS Enterprise model will be in the south lobby and will be displayed very similarly as it was before, including the same case.
You can learn more about the model at the museum at airandspace.si.edu. And the video below (featuring a brief glimpse of Mr. Spock) promotes the return of the museum this fall.
According to the museum, the ship is still in good condition in storage during the museum’s renovation and has not required any additional work. The video below shows some of the work done for the 2016 restoration of the model.
For more about the museum, visit airandspace.si.edu.