I grew up watching re-runs of Star Trek on WPIX in New York City. Vacant lots and abandoned buildings were my alien planets where the members of my landing parties met their questionable fates. Even as an adult, Star Trek is still a big part of my life. I have been fortunate enough to meet many members of the original cast, as well as several guest stars. I love when I get to see props from the various shows and movies because, on some level, I feel closer to the show. This is why I loved the exhibit at the Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn, Michigan.
Running until September 2, the exhibit called, Star Trek: Exploring New Worlds has props, costumes and set pieces from all of the shows including the newest addition, Star Trek: Discovery. Fans can see the original navigation console used by the crew in the 1960’s, a Borg alcove and a Jefferies Tube. Fans can actually play in the Borg alcove and the Jefferies Tube though sadly the navigational console is behind protective glass.
Other interactive features of the exhibit include a booth where you can give your best Kirk impersonation belting out, “KHANNNNN!” and area where you can be filmed as a member of a landing party (away team for you Next Gen fans) journeying to an alien world. Both of these are free activities and are included with admission. You can also have your photo taken in the original Captain’s chair for a nominal fee.
This exhibit is smaller than the one that came through Detroit in 2009 but it is a must for any true fan of Star Trek, science fiction or pop culture. On August 15th the Henry Ford museum is having a “Happy Hour” which features a cash bar, after-hours access to the exhibit and more. This is the last time “Happy Hour” will be offered before the end of the exhibit’s run so get there if you can.
While you are at the Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation be sure to check out the multitude of non-Trek related displays including a working 1940’s diner, a house designed by Buckminster Fuller and a plethora of vehicles from trains, the Rosa Parks bus to rare automobiles. There is something for the entire family within the walls of the Henry Ford Museum.
Having never been to the Henry Ford museum before I was surprised just how much there was to do and see. We went up to look at one exhibit and spent the entire day exploring. The best part of our exploration we actually learned some new stuff…new knowledge is always a good thing.
Make it your mission to “Boldly Go” to the Henry Ford Museum for a truly out of this world experience. Star Trek: Exploring New Worlds ends soon so get there before it warps out.
Photo credit: Dale Bernard