In 2016, the Museum of Pop Culture (MoPOP) in Seattle, Washington, unveiled Star Trek: Exploring New Worlds. This exhibit paid homage to the impact and influence of iconic television and movie franchises. At the end of its run at MoPOP in May 2018, the production hit the road on a national tour with limited engagements at numerous museums around the United States. Star Trek: Exploring New Worlds last planned stop has touched down at the Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles, California.
The fully immersive exhibit offers visitors access to more than 100 rare props and artifacts from various Star Trek movies and television shows. Among the attractions are set pieces from the Original Series, including Captain Kirk’s command chair and the navigation console.
Other highlights include original costumes worn by some fan-favourite characters, including Spock’s tunic worn by Leonard Nimoy, Captain Picard’s uniform worn by Patrick Stewart, and the infamous open-chest tunic donned by Ricardo Montalbán. Many props are on display, including various weapons, communicators, and tricorders. Original scripts, concept art, storyboard, and production drawings are also integrated into the exhibit.
The exhibition is highly immersive, offering Trekkers a chance to be assimilated by the Borg, use a transporter simulation to film themselves beaming down to a nearby planet, and even crawl through a Jeffries tube used to move from one area of the ship to another.
Star Trek: Exploring New Worlds runs through February 20, 2022.