12,000 Square Feet of 'Star Trek' Awaits You at the Intrepid Museum

Pass a tricorder over a prone Klingon to determine a diagnosis in the medical bay.EXPAND
Pass a tricorder over a prone Klingon to determine a diagnosis in the medical bay.
Erika Kapin

Ever wanted to learn to speak Klingon? Or use a transporter to beam yourself to another planet? What if you could set foot aboard a “real” starship and assume the role of a Starfleet Academy cadet?

The Voice got a sneak peek at a Star Trek–themed exhibit making its U.S. debut at the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum this Saturday, July 9.

Star Trek: The Starfleet Academy Experience is an opportunity for diehard fans and non-Trekkies alike to immerse themselves in the universe of one of our most beloved science fiction franchises, which is celebrating its fiftieth anniversary this year.

The organizers are serious when they say the exhibit is interactive.

Visitors will be recommended to one of seven Starfleet disciplines — Language, Medical, Navigation, Engineering, Communications, Command, or Science — by going through nine training zones made to guide cadets into the most befitting specialty. 

Your performance in these various stations is tracked by an RFID wristband (complete with a Starfleet logo) you scan each time you partake in a station's activity or quiz — then the results are assessed, finally earning you an assigned specialty suited to demonstrated individual strengths.

You can phaser-shoot colored targets on a screen or diagnose a Klingon patient using a tricorder

Take a seat on the Starship bridge — straight out of Star Trek: The Next Generation's Enterprise NCC-1701-D — and attempt the oft-described “no-win situation”: the Kobayashi Maru command simulation scenario. 

George Takei takes a seat on the Starship bridge.EXPAND
George Takei takes a seat on the Starship bridge.
Erika Kapin

“I hope when [fans] go through this exhibit, they will be inspired to test themselves to be what they would passionately love,” George Takei, who played Hikaru Sulu in the original 1960s television series, told reporters at the press preview. 

In addition to the interactive activities and cadet training, props and costumes are displayed across the 12,000-square-foot space.

The exhibit runs from July 9 to October 31. Tickets range from $25 for adults to $18 for kids. The museum will also be hosting Star Trek–related summer camps, Astronomy Nights, and a variety of other programs marking Star Trek’s anniversary.

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