Star Trek: The Exhibition

| January 27, 2011
Captain Kirk's Chair.

Captain Kirk's Chair.

Seeing as I’m the generation of “Clueless,” “Gossip Girl” and Bieber fever, the thought of venturing aboard the Enterprise for an afternoon was totally “OMG!” worthy.

So I set forth to the Louisville Science Center to see,  Star Trek: The Exhibition with an open mind, imagination and of course, logic – “to infinity and beyond” (wait, wrong movie).

The exhibit, which is open to the public through May 22, is the embodiment of all things Star Trek. It features sets, costumes and props from all five Star Trek television series and 11 Star Trek films in more than 6,000 square feet of space.

Andorian prop.

Andorian prop.

Artifacts include Captain Kirk’s chair from the Enterprise, costumes, models and Vulcan and Klingon memorabilia. The exhibit is divided into topic galleries based on themes of science such as exploration, health innovation, communication and space travel.

Being somewhat of a movie buff, I could appreciate the cool factor of actual film memorabilia (even when the lead is not Jake Gyllenhaal).

The coolest of all though was the reproduction of the transporter room, and without “do not touch” signs, the imagination is free to run wild. Well, “Beam me up, Scotty!”

Authentic props also include Crusher’s costume from Star Trek: The Next Generation and the cornbadge, a hand-held communication device. Aside from being eye-appealing, this exhibit is a technological fantasy.

Star Trek items included in the exhibition included clothing, furniture, etc.

Star Trek items included in the exhibition included clothing, furniture, etc.

After stepping out of my romantic comedy bubble, I now see the novelty that stole the hearts of trekkies around the world. And I must say, it wasn’t half bad.

“Live long, and prosper!”

Setting

A 6,000-square-foot space in the Louisville Science Center transformed into a movie set fit for Universal Studios.

Parking

Street parking or find the nearest parking garage. You could also opt to be transported.

Artifact to see

The reproduction of the transporter room.

Tickets

Tickets are $18 for adults and $14 for children 2 to 12, which includes admission to the Science Center’s permanent exhibits. Add the sci-fi animated film “Quantum Quest” for $5 more.

The Transporter room was one of the most popular Star Trek exhibits.

The Transporter room was one of the most popular Star Trek exhibits.

Borg Prop.

Borg Prop.

The Transporter and original costumes.

The Transporter and original costumes.

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Lauren DePaso
Voice-Tribune Staff Writer Lauren DePaso enjoys being a tourist in her own city, exploring the nightlife and cheering on the Cards. A Louisville native, she currently resides in St. Matthews.

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