Star Trek exhibit sneak peek

May 12, 2009 3:00:21 PM PDT
A new Star Trek exhibit will open in Philadelphia this weekend, just about a week after the blockbuster prequel of the television classic hits the big screen.It's filled with memorabilia from the show, including the actual seat once used by James T. Kirk, played by William Shatner, to sit and ponder the many decisions he made as captain of the Starship Enterprise.

The stage prop from the Star Trek TV series is one more than 430 items on display at the Star Trek Exhibition at the Franklin Institute.

It opens on Saturday.

"The main characters are scientists, engineers and doctors. They're exploring, it's a brave new world. So, that's what's exciting about it to a lot of people," said Steve Snyder of The Franklin Institute.

Back when the computer generated image was just a theory, the producers used mini-spaceship replicas to create space scenes.

You can also see the phasers once used to do battle with Klingons, and a life-size model of the bridge on the Enterprise.

You can even see how the starships featured in the TV series, and the nearly dozen films, have evolved over time.

View the outfits once worn by crew members, aliens, and even Ricardo Montalban in "Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan."

You can even see the latest Star Trek movie, being shown at the adjoining IMAX theatre.

For more information, visit The Franklin Institute's website.

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