INDIANAPOLIS — A new exhibit hitting The Children's Museum of Indianapolis may not be equipped with phasers, but it does intend to stun.
Indianapolis may be a bit of a trek from Cincinnati, but "Star Trek: Exploring New Worlds" will offer museum-goers with a rare opportunity to explore the final frontier from the famous television series and films.
From February 2 through April 7, the museum will feature more than 100 rare artifacts, including a replica of Captain Kirk's chair, the Borg cube, Klingon disruptor pistols, and original series costumes worn by all the most beloved characters. Just hide your snacks when you hit the Tribble exhibit.
Oh, and we fibbed - they do have phasers.
For more than 50 years, "Star Trek" fostered creative takes on futuristic forms of travel, exploration, and adventure. This immersive exhibit is intended to encapsulate these themes, and allow children the opportunity to witness the impact of "Star Trek" on today's culture, society, art, technology and even fashion.
The original series featured complex conversation topics like the value of equality, the many forms of racism and prejudice, and what it means to truly be loyal to a crew. The multi-cultural staff showed the importance of team building, and the overall world fostered creative solutions to complex problems often solved with innovative, yet familiar technological wonders.
""Star Trek" has entertained, educated and inspired generations of fans which makes an exhibit exploring "Star Trek's" role in advancing science and technology a perfect fir for The Children's Museum of Indianapolis," said Dr. Jeffrey H. Patchen, president and CEO of The Children's Museum, in a press release. "Together, families will undoubtedly reminisce about the past, enjoying iconic characters and artifacts they've loved, while discussing the impact "Star Trek" has had influencing the future by promoting equality and advancing science and popular culture."
The exhibit also features interactive aspects throughout, including a transporter simulator allowing visitors to create a video of themselves as they're beamed to another location.
Definitely don't forget to stop by the KHAAAAAN! video booth for an exceptionally hilarious photo opportunity to recreate everyone's favorite scene from "Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan".
The exhibit provides a great opportunity for old fans of the series to reminisce and enjoy the artifacts available, while introducing "Star Trek" to, well, the next generation.