legend George Takei today stepped aboard STAR TREK®: THE EXHIBITION
, beckoning fans of the popular science fiction series to "boldly see the exhibition and celebrate real achievements of science" at The Tech Museum.
Takei, who is best known as helmsman "Sulu" from the original television series, was joined by museum president Peter Friess and Team San Jose CEO Dan Fenton in a preview of the exhibition, which makes its only Bay Area appearance beginning Friday, October 23rd.
"Welcome to the universe of Star Trek," Takei said. "Star Trek was an extraordinary show that looked at the future with optimism. We are now in a world where science fiction has become science fact."
The blockbuster exhibition brings together the original costumes, genuine props and authentic recreations of sets from all five Star Trek
television series and 11 Star Trek
feature films, including the new box office smash hit, which chronicles the early days of James T. Kirk and his fellow U.S.S Enterprise crew members. The exhibition, in town for a limited engagement, is spread across 15,000-square-feet and features more than 200 artifacts.
"The exhibition is the ultimate experience for fans and first-timers, encouraging visitors to step inside the Star Trek
universe and experience the unmatched imagination, vibrant artistry and groundbreaking technology that have made Star Trek
the most enduring science fiction franchise in history," said Friess. "San Jose is the perfect location for this unique experience."
As in past blockbusters such as "Leonardo: 500 Years into the Future," The Tech Museum has partnered with Team San Jose to bring the popular showcase to Silicon Valley. The exhibition will be housed in Parkside Hall - operated by Team San Jose - adjacent to the museum.
"Team San Jose is thrilled to partner with the Tech Museum and bring the best of Star Trek
to Downtown San Jose," said Fenton. "We expect visitors from around the region to enjoy this celebration of innovation."
For more information about the exhibition, please visit www.thetech.org/StarTrek
About The Tech Museum
The Tech Museum is a hands-on technology and science museum for people of all ages and backgrounds. The museum - located in the Capital of Silicon Valley - is a non-profit educational resource established to engage people in exploring and experiencing technologies affecting their lives. Through educational programs such as The Tech Challenge, our annual team design competition for youth, and internationally renowned programs such as The Tech.
About Team San Jose
Team San Jose, Inc. is a management company for the San Jose Convention Center and multiple theaters in Downtown San Jose including the San Jose Civic, Parkside Hall, Center for the Performing Arts, California Theatre and Montgomery Theater. Team San Jose is a unique customer service model where the company acts as the San Jose Convention and Visitors Bureau and works in partnership with local hoteliers, organized labor, local arts leadership and business community to provide a one-team approach to all event-planning needs.
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