Star Trek: Exploring New Worlds exhibit comes to LA’s Skirball Center

Star Trek: Exploring New Worlds exhibit comes to LA’s Skirball Center

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Boldly going to the City of Angels —

Spaceship models, Kirk’s captain’s chair, plenty of props—and so many Tribbles.

Jennifer Ouellette

  • Installation display: Capt. Kirk’s command chair and restored navigation console from Star Trek: The Original Series.

  • Detail of the restored navigation console.


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  • Exhibit visitors can take photographs while sitting in a reproduction of the captain’s chair.


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  • Reproduction of the USS Enterprise filming miniature.

  • Concept art for the Enterprise bridge, circa 1964.


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  • Tricorder from TOS.

  • Communicator from TOS.

  • One of the tribbles used in the TOS episode “The Trouble with Tribbles.”


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  • Phase pistol and PADD used in Star Trek: Enterprise.


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  • Xindi rifle used in Star Trek: Enterprise.


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  • Crawl through the inner workings of a starship in this reproduction of a Jefferies tube.


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  • Tribbles lurk within the Jefferies tube.


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  • Klingon PADD from the 1994 film Star Trek: Generations.

  • Enterprise models used in the 1996 film Star Trek: First Contact.


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  • Model of a Borg cube filming miniature used in the 1996 film Star Trek: First Contact


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  • You will be assimilated by this interactive installation.


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  • Spot the tribble!


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  • Demonstrating the Transporter simulator.


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  • The camera adds cool special effects as one is “beamed down” to an alien planet.


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Back in 2016, the Museum of Pop Culture (MoPOP) in Seattle unveiled an immersive new exhibit, Star Trek: Exploring New Worlds, in its Science Fiction Museum and Hall of Fame. The exhibit is a tribute to the hugely influential long-running franchise, and it embarked on a national tour two years later. Exploring New Worlds has been exploring the country ever since, and now it has come to the final stop on its journey: the Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles, California, where Gene Roddenberry first created his visionary series, Star Trek: The Original Series (TOS).

Star Trek‘s vision resonates deeply with the Skirball’s commitment to using the power of arts and storytelling to help build a society in which everyone belongs,” museum director Sheri Bernstein said during the press preview last month.

Highlights of the exhibit include Capt. Kirk’s command chair and the wooden helm and navigation console from TOS, fully restored. There are also plenty of props: different designs of tricorders, communicators, phasers, and PADDs; a model of a Borg cube; and piles of weaponry, including a Klingon disruptor pistol.

And of course, exhibit attendees will gaze upon many, many models of the various spacecraft featured in the franchise over the decades, including filming models for the Enterprise, the USS Excelsior, and the Deep Space Nine space station. “I love spaceship models,” MoPOP’s Brooks Peck, curator of the exhibit, said. “Now it’s all digital, but back then it was all about plastic and wood models, so there’s a wonderful craft to those pieces.”

Peck is also proud that the exhibit showcases the captains’ uniforms from all the major Star Trek TV shows. His personal favorite? Kathryn Janeway from Star Trek: Voyager. “Best Star Trek captain ever,” Peck joked. “I will fight you over that.” There are also many original costumes worn by cast members of the various series, from TOS —including the tunic worn by evil Capt. Kirk in the episode “Mirror, Mirror”—all the way through to Star Trek: Discovery.

On the interactive side of things, visitors can crawl through a Jefferies tube or be “assimilated” by the Borg. A transporter simulation lets people create short films of themselves beaming down to the surface of an alien planet. There’s a station where one can listen to people reminisce about their favorite Star Trek films and shows as well as what the franchise has meant to them. And to the surprise of no one, tons of tribbles are lurking throughout for eagle-eyed visitors who want to spot them.

In his press preview remarks, Peck emphasized that the characters and themes of TOS were quite radical when the show first aired in 1966. This was a time when the Cold War was in full swing and the US was filled with racial tension, despite passage of the Civil Rights Act in 1964 and the Voting Rights Act the following year. This was the broad cultural backdrop against which Capt. Kirk and the crew of the USS Enterprise had their adventures, all infused with Roddenberry’s optimism for the future.

“Roddenberry believed not that we would get past our differences, but that we would, in fact, embrace our differences, in the sense of diversity,” said Peck. “Sadly, this is a rough time in this nation. We’re seeing a lot of division again. So I’m pleased that we can take some time to look at Star Trek, and its idea of inclusion and working together to build a better and just society, and to hold that up in a fun, artistic form. What Star Trek brings is this optimistic vision of the future that is really inspiring to people.”

Laura Mart, managing curator for the exhibition, also expressed her hope that the exhibit would channel the original Star Trek ethos. She ended her remarks with an apt quote from Roddenberry:

I believe in humanity. We are an incredible species. We’re still just a child creature, we’re still being nasty to each other, and all children go through those phases. We’re still growing up. We’re moving into adolescence now. When we grow up, man, we’re going to be something.

  • Spock’s tunic, worn by Leonard Nimoy on TOS.


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  • Lt. Uhura’s dress, worn by Nichelle Nichols on TOS.


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  • Tunic worn by William Shatner as the evil Captain Kirk in the TOS episode “Mirror, Mirror.”


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  • “Must we fight to the death?” The alien Gorn costume from the TOS episode “Arena.”


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  • Costume worn by Mark Lenard as Sarek on the TOS episode “Journey to Babel.”


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  • Original uniforms for (l-r) Geordi La Forge, Captain Jean-Luc Picard, and Deanna Troi from Star Trek: The Next Generation


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  • Uniform worn by Brent Spiner as Data on Star Trek: The Next Generation/. To the left: (top) Data’s painting of his set cat, Spot; (bottom) reproduction of Data’s head.


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  • Costume worn by Ricardo Montalban as Prime Universe Khan in the 1982 film, Star Trek: the Wrath of Khan.


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  • Costume worn by Benedict Cumberbatch as Alt Timeline Khan in the 2013 film, Star Trek: Into Darkness.


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  • Spock’s spacesuit pack and helmet from the 1979 film, Star Trek: The Motion Picture.


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  • Uniform worn by Kate Mulgrew as Captain Kathryn Janeway on Star Trek: Voyager


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  • Uniform worn by Jeri Ryan as Seven of Nine on Star Trek: Voyager


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  • Uniform worn by Avery Brooks as Benjamin Sisko on Star Trek: Deep Space Nine


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  • Vulcan uniform worn by Jolene Blalock, aka T’Pol, on Star Trek: Enterprise


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  • Vulcan Science Academy graduation robes worn by Sonequa Martin-Green as Michael Burnham on the 2017 Star Trek: Discovery episode “Lethe.”


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  • Costume worn by Michelle Yeoh as Philippa Georgiou on Star Trek: Discovery.


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  • Costume worn by Mary Chieffo as L’Rell on Star Trek: Discovery


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Listing image by Skirball Center/MoPOP

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