Far beyond the stars in a land far away, visitors are encouraged to live long and prosper. The crew of The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis invites you to boldly go where many people have gone before on TV and in movies, but few have experienced in person.
For more than 50 years, the U.S.S. Enterprise has explored the final frontier and beyond in the television series Star Trek and subsequent films.
Scientific exploration and intergalactic diplomacy were a big part of the television series in which alien creatures helped us understand the world in which we live. In this exhibit, fans will learn how science fiction inspired real space travel and how modern space travel inspires science fiction. The immersive exhibit explores the impact of Star Trek on culture, society, art, technology, and fashion.
The exhibit, under license by CBS Consumer Products, features more than 100 rare artifacts from the television series and films. Highlights include:
Not only did Star Trek spur technology (think communicator and cell phone) and inspire new generations to study science and technology, but the original series promoted equality and pushed boundaries of racism and prejudice and demonstrated to people how to get along with one another. Its multi-racial cast showed the importance of team building, using each person or being’s strengths to make a crew stronger. Captain Kirk taught us how to be loyal to our crew and the United Federation of Planets.
“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 fit for The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis,” said Dr. Jeffrey H. Patchen, president and CEO, The Children’s Museum. “Together, families will undoubtedly reminisce about the past, enjoying the 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.
Fans will be thrilled to hear the real voice of actor George Takei, aka Hikaru Sulu, helmsman of the U.S.S. Enterprise. The pop culture icon will narrate an exciting, new sound and light show specifically for The Children’s Museum’s Schaefer Planetarium and Space Object Theater. Opening in conjunction with Star Trek: Exploring New Worlds, the Space Object Theater transforms into a new multimedia experience exploring how popular science fiction has predicted and helped shape scientific and technological advancements. Featured in the center of the Space Object Theater on a revolving and raising platform will be the real escape pod used by Captain Kirk in the 2016 film Star Trek: Beyond.