Trek Exhibit Celebrates New Beginnings
All good things… It’s a popular adage that’s applied to Star Trek in the past and does so again now. The Star Trek: Exploring New Worlds exhibition at Seattle’s Museum of Pop Culture (MoPOP) will close on May 28 in advance of a national tour, but not before going out in style at MoPOP with a special Star Trek Weekend Celebration to be held May 11-13. The fully immersive exhibition, which showcases Trek’s significant impact on culture, society, arts, sports, technology and fashion, has been at MoPOP for the past two years.
The Weekend Celebration will start on Friday, May 11, at 7 p.m. with a Star Trek Send-Off Party that will run until 11 p.m. Attendees will enjoy a Q&A session with special guest Chase Masterson of Deep Space Nine and Star Trek Online, as well as a dance party with DJ Sir Juan, a Star Trek game lounge, trivia with Geeks Who Drink, photo ops, crafts, drink specials and more. Tickets cost $20-$25 and include admission to Star Trek: Exploring New Worlds, Infinite Worlds of Science Fiction, and Scared to Death: The Lure of Horror Film, Fantasy: Worlds of Myth and Magic. Fans of all ages are welcome, but you must be 21+ to drink.
The Star Trek Weekend Celebration will continue Saturday and Sunday, May 12-13, from 10:00 a.m. to 5 p.m. at MoPOP. During those days and hours, fans can engage in special screenings of Star Trek (2009) in the JBL Theater, gallery-led tours of Star Trek: Exploring New Worlds and Star Trek-themed photo ops, arts and crafts, as well as take advantage of retail specials. Tickets cost $17-$28. Access to general admission galleries is included; does not include special exhibitions.
Among the highlights of the Star Trek: Exploring New Worlds exhibition are set pieces from The Original Series, including Captain Kirk’s command chair and the navigation console; more than 100 props and artifacts from the Star Trek television series and many of the films, including an original series tricorder, communicator, and phaser, a Borg cube, Klingon disruptor pistol, Tribbles, etc. Rare costumes include Spock’s tunic worn by Leonard Nimoy, Lt. Uhura’s (Nichelle Nichols) dress, Khan garments past and present (the open-chest tunic worn by Ricardo Montalban and Benedict Cumberbatch’s Star Trek Into Darkness outfit, and more.
Additionally, there’s a transporter simulator where visitors can create a film that shows them being beamed to another location; a KHAAAAN! video booth where visitors can recreate the memorable scene from Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, and spaceship filming models of the U.S.S. Enterprise, U.S.S. Excelsior, Phoenix, and Deep Space Nine space station. And fans can enjoy a showcase of Star Trek’s impact on culture, society, arts, sports, technology and fashion that includes a prototype of a real medical tricorder, Star Trek-themed beer, Red Sox “Star Trek Night” foam finger in the shape of the Vulcan salute, a “Picardigan” sweater, a listening station with songs by Star Trek tribute bands, USPS stamps featuring the U.S.S. Enterprise, and much more.
Tickets are available at MoPOP.org.