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"Star Trek: Exploring New Worlds" Exhibit

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I visited the Star Trek exhibit at the Seattle Museum of Pop Culture, and thought I'd share some pictures.  It was a tremendous collection of real TV and movie props, mostly from the collection of Paul G. Allen.  The highlight being the real bridge console, captain's chair, and navigator's chair from Star Trek:  TOS. 

 

The link for the exhibit is here:  http://www.mopop.org/at-the-museum/current-exhibits/star-trek-exploring-new-worlds/

 

 

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Greenween, you personally would LOVE this museum.  They have one room featuring a gigantic screen and a killer sound system, and they play music videos and stuff.  It totally rocks.  My wife and I arrived right when they opened, and the first song of the day on the giant screen was Velvet Underground "Pale Blue Eyes". 

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Some of the stuff in the pictures above:

  • The "Mork" costume was recycled from an episode of Star Trek.  It was Colonel Green's costume in "The Savage Curtain". 
  • Back to the Future props were the real deal from part II.
  • Ghostbusters props
  • They have a ton of famous instruments.  Paul McCartney's bass guitar, Eric Claptan's guitar, a whole room of Jimi Hendrix stuff, and another of Nirvana.  The Nirvana room will really take your breath away.  Kurt Cobain died way too young. 
  • All of the Star Trek stuff was the real deal.  Models, props, costumes actually used on the shows.  They had so much that I didn't include pictures of here...script pages, tribbles, set mock-ups...it was mind boggling. 
  • The bridge console was just the most fascinating thing ever.  I must have stood there looking at it for a good 30 minutes.  It's essentially plywood and paint, with switches and lights added in.  It's magic how we all believed this was from a real star ship, as up close, it's almost comical.  It had a ton of dings and dents.  And the notes implied that it was in very terrible condition with many parts missing when it was found.  Beautifully restored, they left a lot of the damage intact. 
  • The props (phaser, tricorder, communicator, medical probe, hypo-spray, etc) were so cool to see up close.  These things were just beautifully made.  So much detail that you'd never see on TV. 
  • The costumes are amazing.  You could actually "feel" the presence of the original actors.  The Dr. McCoy costume, for example, really comes to life when you see it there right in front of you....just about my size.  Larger-than-life characters become more human when you get this up-close perspective. 

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This is kind of unrelated, but I remember visiting OMSI in Portland when they had a Star Trek exhibit in the early 90s (back in their old building). I can't remember if they had any original props. It had an educational focus. There was an TNG-style bridge with various consoles you could interact with, I think one was a simple science quiz, and when I finished it, I got to select a video to play on the big view screen. Downstairs there was a very empty room with a projector showing episodes of the original series. There was also a side room with Commodore computers, some of which had games loaded up (I specifically remember Zaxxon and Pipe Dream).

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This is kind of unrelated, but I remember visiting OMSI in Portland when they had a Star Trek exhibit in the early 90s (back in their old building). I can't remember if they had any original props. It had an educational focus. There was an TNG-style bridge with various consoles you could interact with, I think one was a simple science quiz, and when I finished it, I got to select a video to play on the big view screen. Downstairs there was a very empty room with a projector showing episodes of the original series. There was also a side room with Commodore computers, some of which had games loaded up (I specifically remember Zaxxon and Pipe Dream).

I remember that show!  And yes, they had a very small collection of original costumes from TNG. 

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