Some very lucky Star Trek fans on Friday night got to go where no one has gone before and were among the first in Seattle to experience the EMP Museum’s newest interplanetary exhibit, Star Trek: Exploring New Worlds, which showcases Star Trek’s significant impact on culture, society, arts, sports, technology and fashion. They were joined for the VIP “Landing Party” event by Star Trek: The Next Generation actors Brent Spiner and Denise Crosby. And did we mention a couple got engaged, too? No, not Spiner and Crosby, but rather imzadis Ceilidh McCallum and Brian Boudreaux. May they live long and prosper.
The “Landing Party” event actually kicked off a weekend of Trek-related activities at the EMP Museum, with Saturday – the official opening day — featuring a Star Trek Educator Workshop, a joint appearance by Spiner and Crosby, and also a screening of Crosby’s popular documentary Trekkies, followed by a Q&A session. And on Sunday, fans can enjoy a screening of Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan as part of the EMP’s Campout Cinema night. Visitors also enjoyed the exhibit’s state-of-the-art interactive photo and video opportunities.Exploring New Worlds, as part of the franchise’s 50th anniversary celebrations, gives fans the chance to discover Trek all over again with more than 100 artifacts and props from the five Trek television series, spin-offs, and films. Highlights from the exhibit include set pieces from The Original Series, such as Captain Kirk’s command chair and the navigation console — on display for the first time in 25 years); TOS costumes worn by William Shatner as Kirk, Leonard Nimoy as Spock, Nichelle Nichols as Uhura and DeForest Kelley as McCoy; Khan costumes worn by Ricardo Montalban and Benedict Cumberbatch; Picard’s costume worn by Patrick Stewart; and the 6-foot U.S.S. Enterprise filming model from TNG.
Go to www.empmuseum.org/startrek for additional details about Star Trek: Exploring New Worlds.
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