There’s a brand-new traveling Star Trek exhibit, and if you’re lucky, it may just beam its way into your town!
‘Star Trek: Exploring New Worlds’ makes its first stop on its US-wide tour as it opens today, February 2nd, at the world-renowned Children’s Museum of Indianapolis. Don’t let the name fool you: the Indy Children’s Museum is an amazing place for all ages, young and old.
I had the opportunity to see the exhibit in advance of today’s launch, courtesy of the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis. Below you will find dozens of photos that I took during my time there, shared exclusively here with ScienceFiction.com (please forgive some of the reflections and photo imperfections, no flash photography was allowed due to the aged nature of some of the pieces on display). Each photo has a caption giving you some additional information as to what you’re seeing.
If this exhibit isn’t making a stop near you, I recommend making a day trip to check it out in person! Indianapolis is an 8-hour drive away from over 50% of the United States, and the amazing exhibit itself combined with the world-class hospitality of the Indy Children’s Museum and the city of Indianapolis itself makes a trip well worth it.
Here’s the “official description” of the exhibit itself:
Discover Star Trek all over again! This immersive exhibit will showcase Star Trek’s impact on culture, society, art, technology, fashion, and more through 100+ rare artifacts, set pieces, and props from the original series, its spinoffs, and the films!
- Snap a selfie while sitting in a replica of Captain Kirk’s command chair
- See the navigation console of the U.S.S. Enterprise from the original series
- Step into the booth and record your own version of the memorable “KHAAAAN!” scene from ‘Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan’
- Step into a transporter simulator and beam yourself to an alien planet.
- Check out rare costumes including Spock’s tunic worn by Leonard Nimoy, Lt. Uhura’s (Nichelle Nichols) dress, Khan’s (Ricardo Montalban) open-chest tunic, Captain Picard’s (Patrick Stewart) costume, a Borg costume, and more
- See models and props from the different series and films, including the Enterprise filming model from ‘Star Trek: The Next Generation,’ Geordi LaForge’s VISOR, a Borg cube, a tricorder from the original series, and tribbles
See the actual escape pod movie prop used in the 2016 film ‘Star Trek: Beyond.’ Discover how the Star Trek communicator of the 1960s ended up as the inspiration for the cell phones of today! This multimedia experience shows how popular science fiction has inspired and shaped scientific and technological advancements. Featured in the Schaefer Planetarium and Space Object Theater, “The Future is Here—How Sci-fi Becomes Reality” showcases artifacts from a variety of popular sci-fi films and shows how science fiction enthusiasts or fans of today become the futuristic designers of tomorrow!
The original Sulu himself, George Takei, is be the voice of the multimedia experience “The Future is Here—How Sci-fi Becomes Reality,” filmed exclusively for The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis!
And here are some detailed photos for you! Click the images to see larger, higher-resolution versions of the photos.