Star Trek Exhibit

A mom and daughter try the transporter at Star Trek: The Exhibition

A mom and daughter try the transporter at Star Trek: The Exhibition

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Anyone who has ever dreamed of exploring distant worlds will want to travel at warp speed to Star Trek: The Exhibition at the Tech Museum of Innovation in San Jose. Open through February and maybe longer, the 15,000-square-foot show is an interactive tour of 200 costumes and props, from alien masks to phaser weapons to model spacecraft. Resistance is futile, as Star Trek's Borg invaders so often warned. "Everybody experiences the awe, " says Elizabeth Williams, vice president of marketing. "You feel you're in a spaceship, walking through the companionways of the starship Enterprise. " The biggest kick is sitting in Captain James T. Kirk's chair on a re-created set of the starship's bridge, where for a fee you can get your photo taken. Step into the transporter room and watch a screen to see yourself "beam" away in a glow of light. Two flight simulators take you zigzagging through the stars, dodging Klingons. Not ready to come down to Earth? Stay to see the 2009 movie Star Trek in the museum's Imax theater.

For a dose of reality, a display shows how the handheld Star Trek communicator inspired the design of modern cell phones. For times and tickets, visit thetech.org or startrekexhibition.com

Photography by Terrence McCarthy

This article was first published in January 2010. Some facts may have aged gracelessly. Please call ahead to verify information.

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