Monday, August 19, 2019


Henry Ford Museum
I was finally able to get over to see Star Trek: Exploring New Worlds before this limited engagement exhibition departs to a new city. The Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation, in the Detroit suburb of Dearborn, Michigan, has been hosting this collaboration with MoPOP (Museum of Pop Culture in Seattle, Washington) and CBS Consumer Products throughout the summer. The Star Trek exhibit will be packing up and moving on to a new destination on September 2, 2019 so Trekkies who still want to check it out should head over to The Henry Ford at Warp 9!

Star Trek: Exploring New Worlds has a variety of costumes and props from the television shows and movies on display.  There are also interactive opportunities that lets visitors pretend they are a part of Star Fleet themselves. This temporary Star Trek gallery at The Henry Ford is free to explore with paid general admission to the museum.

Klingon Cruiser
Henry Ford Museum

See the Star Fleet uniforms worn by the cast of the original Star Trek television series (1966 - 1969). They even have actual Tribbles used in filming everyone's favorite Star Trek episode. Wow! The costume used for the iconic battle between a Gorn and Captain Kirk looks impressive for a 1960s era prop.

Star Trek

You can even see the actual navigation console and captain's chair that were used in the original Star Trek television series' bridge set. They've been refurbished to make them look new but these props are more than 50 years old. You can just picture Walter Koenig (Pavel Chekov) and George Takei (Hikaru Sulu) taking their spots on the set to shoot a scene with William Shatner (Captain Kirk) and the rest of the bridge crew of the starship Enterprise. I've seen this prop so many times watching Star Trek episodes on television it was a real thrill for this sci fi fan dad blogger to be just steps away from the real thing.

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original setoriginal bridge set

Also on display are costumes and props from other Star Trek television series including The Next Generation, Deep Space 9, Voyager, Enterprise and the newest show Discovery.

Captain Janeway
film used costumes

There are costumes and props from the Star Trek movies too!

movie props

While you are there take a trek through a Jeffries Tube. Any Star Trek fan will know what these are though my wife didn't understand why I was so geeked to climb into one. These are tubes that can be utilized by crews for doing maintenance within Star Trek's Federation starships.  They are often used within Star Trek stories for also avoiding bad guys too. They are named for Star Trek production designer Matt Jeffries who designed many of the sets, props and ships for the shows, including the original Enterprise.

Star Trek

The whole family was thrilled though to be beamed into a Star Trek away mission. The Transporter Experience lets you be filmed in your own Star Trek scene. Grab your phasers and tricorders for a fantastic time in this interactive opportunity within the Star Trek: Exploring New Worlds exhibit.

Resistance is futile! Anyone who visits Star Trek: Exploring New Worlds can't resist becoming a science fiction fan! From viewing original scripts, concept art, models, props and costumes from Star Trek television shows and movies to participating in interactive experiences like climbing through a Jeffries Tube or being Beamed Up to the Starship Enterprise anyone who explores this exhibit is sure to be geeked.

Resistance is Futile

For more information about visiting The Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation, go to Ticket prices for admission to the museum are $24 for adults (12-61), $18 for youth (5-11), $22 for seniors (62+) and children 4 and under are free.

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