Star Trek: The Exhibition

Epic adorableness

It is universally known that I have the most adorable nephew on the planet.  If you were not aware of this, then you need only meet him to realize that I am absolutely correct when I make this declaration.

Now that we’ve established his awesomeness, you can see why I would try to hang out with this little bundle of rad every opportunity I get.

So when my brother discovered that his local museum was doing a Star Trek “where science meets science fiction” exhibition, he immediately texted me and said that we had to go.  I had a wedding and its various festivities on Friday night and Saturday so that left us with Sunday.

Brother + nephew + Star Trek = ftw!

Having been to The Experience in Las Vegas many, many, many times and The Tour that made its way around the country a couple years ago, I had high hopes for The Exhibition. 

Meh.  It was ok. 

It turned out to be a small collection of stuff that I’ve already seen only this time it was poorly displayed and poorly labeled (poor Troi and Riker, their wedding picture was toppled over inside a plastic dome and no one could be bothered to fix it).  The big draw was supposed to be never before seen items from the latest movie…of which I saw exactly 2 items.  What made it fun was seeing Zeke react to it.  Turns out the kid has a thing for phasers and women that take pictures of you surrounded by Tribbles.  He shows true nerd potential and if I have anything to say about it he will grow up to be a nerd to be reckoned with.

I have no idea why the Enterprise is flying across the bridge

The major bummer?  All photographs were banned except for the craptastic ones you had to pay $10 a pop for (see above).  Whatever.  I’m a rebel.  I took some pictures with my iPhone on the sly.  My brother; however, is the perfect Marine and refused to take pictures of me.  Rules shmules Michael!

We got through the whole thing in about an hour and a half (and that’s with my brother reading every single caption).

If you’re in the Riverside area, this weekend is your last chance to see Star Trek: The Exhibition. A guy that had worked some kind of effects on Star Trek: TNG was there and said he was hoping to get some of the background actors to show up on Saturday.  He didn’t seem too enthusiastic that any of them would actually show up though.

I say we all pool our money and get The Experience back open. 

I’ve got a major hankering for a Klingon Encounter.

Q'apla bitches!


12 responses to “Star Trek: The Exhibition”

  1. Yeah! I say reopen The Experience, cafe and all! What a great time that was – Every time. We need a fabulous new Star Trek movie to get the interest going. And a new Star Trek TV series. Get writing HNG!

    1. New movie is in the works and a new TV series would fill the void left behind by BSG. We just need the powers that be to get their butts in gear 😉

  2. Dear HNG,

    I’m planing to attend a birthday in Vegas.
    Is Star Trek: the Experience still there?

    Om Mani Padme Hum,
    Lama Jigme

    1. I’m very sorry to say that it isn’t. I think they disassembled it in 2008. A guy bought everything and put together The Tour with it but sold it again when it didn’t make as much money as he was hoping for. I’m not sure where all of that stuff is now. It would be fantastic if they brought it back! It provided an excellent location for conventions.

  3. Strangeways Avatar

    The conventions still happen in Vegas, there is one in August and it should be fantastic. Not he same without the Trek Experience, tho.
    HNG, I enjoy the shirt you wore to the Experience. The little Ferengi dude is cute. I have seen the shirt before, but have long forgotten the legend underneath. Could you share with us what it says?

    1. One of these days I will definitely attend one of the Vegas Conventions. I’m bummed that I didn’t make it to one when the Experience was still up and running though 🙁

      The Ferengi shirt says “What’s in it for me?” I also have the Borg version that says “Resistance is futile.” I wear the Borg one a lot more than the Ferengi one so I figured it was time to bust it out. They are great shirts, I LOVE them 🙂

  4. Strangeways Avatar

    I meant Exhibit, not Experience!! (I hate it when I do that!!) I figure you got the shirt with the little Ferengi at the Experience, hence my confusion. Sorry.

    1. Yup, at the Experience in Vegas. The shirts at the Exhibit were OK but not great and they only had one style in 3 colors (red, gold and blue). They were all boy t-shirts too.

  5. Warbirdguy Avatar

    Tracy, did you ever visit “The Experience”?

    1. Oh yes, many times! So awesome. I’m bummed that it’s not there anymore….although….I’ve heard rumours that it’s coming back to Vegas but maybe to a different hotel?

      1. Warbirdguy Avatar

        The Experience was the coolest wasn’t it. I haven’t heard any new’s, but most say it won’t happen. My belief is nothing is going to happen until the economy improves. Have you ever heard of “Digital Properties” interactive tour through the Experience? If not here it is.

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