I’m a pretty BIG “Trekker” . . . or so I thought.
Driving down a freeway one day, my eyes happened across an electronic billboard featuring “Star Trek”. The sci-fi geek inside me was dancing like a young child on Christmas morning. To my excitement, it advertised a “Star Trek” memorabilia museum exhibit titled “‘Star Trek’ the Exhibition”. I must have had hearts floating above my head because my husband then said, “You’d like to see that, wouldn’t you?” Uh-yah! Really, did he even have to ask?
The legacy of the first sci-fi franchise, whose Lucille Ball’s executive decision to allow the television pilot filming, according to an I Love Lucy documentary and sitcomboy.com, a genius universe created by the legendary Gene Roddenberry in 1966, was to be coming to a museum near me.
Immediately after we got home, I Googled the exhibit, using “‘Star Trek’ the Exhibition” and it took me to the exact site I was looking for. Sure enough, it was coming to my area! Woo hoo! June came and I scheduled a day for us to go.
The downtown museum district this exhibit was located is in an old town area where the museum is broken up into various buildings within a number of blocks. Many of the museum buildings are architecturally beautiful and historical. We used a map application to direct us to the museum and it turned out to be a bit off. Asking around, we “course corrected” and found our way.
“Fifteen dollars per adult, twelve dollars per child,” stated the cashier at the door. I knew my husband was thinking, $42, Really? But I thought it would be worth it. A young “Star Trek” Fan-in training, my son, began chatting it up with the door monitor, “Wow! I love ‘Star Trek’! I’m so excited to see this!” I have to admit I was feeling like just as much of a school age kid as he.
My gut was oozing with anticipation as a veered toward the corner entrance. Following the enlarged photos and little unknown facts, information of “the science behind science fiction” took me to the main area. Heading around the corner started cases with various props, costumes, prosthetic pieces and then (the awesomeness of awesome) full on sets! From what I saw of the television show on The History Channel that covered the Christies Auction, I’d assume this exhibit was comprised of those collectors who bought from the auction and possibly decided to create touring exhibits to make some money back on their purchase. Though I don’t know for certain, if that was the case, it wasn’t a bad idea. Heck, I’d probably do the same thing.
I liked seeing and being that closed to all of the items from the iconic television franchise that I awed at as a child and grown up. Standing in front of costumes that were worn by William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, Ricardo Montalban, Patrick Stewart and Brent Spiner was like a dream come true. Touching a clear case carrying a stun gun that was held by Chris Pine. . . sigh. Walking into a deck set that LeVar Burton once stood was cool.
So close that I could touch it was like being an outdoorsman in a Bass Pro Shop, yet, accept one certain big out-in-the-open set, that wasn’t allowed. Then, I notice a sign marked “No Photography Allowed,” which was a bit disappointing, but I guess I could understand. . . . It would have been nice if they had allowed us, at the very least, to take photos of ourselves in the set pieces, but okay. They did have a guest photo room where you can sit in front of a blue screen for a photo souvenir, but the prices were a bit high, especially considering when you know what it costs to print photos. They must make a grip on that photo option alone.
As quickly as we walked in, we were done. . . It was over in the blink of an eye. “‘Star Trek’ the Exhibition” is the largest collection of authentic “Star Trek” artifacts and information ever put on public display, according to the site information. Really? Because it didn’t seem like it at all. I’d swear, even with reading all of the fun facts aligning the walls, you could be finished seeing everything in less than an hour. Though I wasn’t physically there, I’ll bet the Christies “Star Trek” Auction Exhibit was much more plentiful. Seriously? It would rather have been more worth seeing an IMAX version of the recent “Star Trek” (2009) for $15 a pop, than how small of an exhibition this was. The stuff was neat; don’t get me wrong, but not worth double digit prices! Hmm, I guess I’m not as big of a “Star Trek” fan as I initially assumed.
For more information and to find when and where this traveling exhibit near you, check out the included links.