“Space… the Final Frontier. These are the voyages of the starship Enterprise. Its five-year mission: to explore strange new worlds; to seek out new life and new civilizations; to boldly go where no man has gone before.” I must have heard this line a thousand times as I was growing up. And it was always right before the start of an exciting adventure to some distant world where my imagination could run free. And starting this week, over a hundred of thousand Trekkies will have a chance to see first hand over 200 authentic Star Trek memorabilia at Star Trek: The Exhibit at The Tech Museum in San Jose.
Yesterday, Mr. George Takei, who played “Sulu” on the original Star Trek series, joined Peter Friess, president of the Tech, and Dan Fenton, chairman of Team San Jose to give us a guided tour the new exhibit.
“Welcome to the universe of Star Trek,” Takei said. “Star Trek was an extraordinary show that looked at the future with optimism. We are now in a world where science fiction has become science fact.” And it is so true. Many items that were so ‘futuristic’ on the show are now common, such as wireless communicators, and space stations.
The blockbuster exhibition brings together the original costumes, genuine props and authentic recreations of sets from all five Star Trek television series and 11 Star Trek feature films, including the new box office smash hit, which chronicles the early days of James T. Kirk and his fellow U.S.S Enterprise crew members. The exhibition, in town for a limited engagement, is spread across 15,000-square-feet and features more than 200 artifacts and an authentic replica of the bridge from the U.S.S Enterprise NCC-1701 as featured in the original Star Trek television series.
While you can’t actually launch a photon torpedo, you can sit in the Captain’s chair!
But the attention to detail really made you believe that you were on the deck and at the controls of the most powerful starship in the universe.
As you walked through the exhibit, it was as if you were billions of miles away from the Earth.
But my favorite part of the exhibit was the Transporter. They had a screen setup so that you could watch yourself being “transported.” I have to admit, that all professionalism went out the window when I got on and was beamed away. That alone is worth the trip to see youself on the transporter!!
In addition to the full size displays, the exhibit also had numerous models that were used to create the magic we saw onscreen such as this Shuttle Craft from U.S.S Voyager.
U.S.S Enterprise NCC-1701-D from Star Trek: The Next Generation
U.S.S. Excelsior NCC–2000
Klingon Vor’cha-class Attack Cruiser
And if the small models aren’t your thing, then you can take a ride in a full motion simulator ride!
And kick some Borg prosthetic ass!!
Just walking through this history of Star Trek was a treat. Straight from your tv’s and the movies, it’s here, life sized, and in person. Artifacts from all of the tv shows, from all of the movies, including the latest which is playing at the IMAX at The Tech, are there for you to see and try out.
Live long and prosper!