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EMP becomes star base for ‘Star Trek’ 50th anniversary celebration

People attending Thursday’s 50th anniversary celebration of “Star Trek” at the EMP Museum in Seattle will be able to walk through the “Star Trek: Exploring New Worlds” exhibit.
People attending Thursday’s 50th anniversary celebration of “Star Trek” at the EMP Museum in Seattle will be able to walk through the “Star Trek: Exploring New Worlds” exhibit. Courtesy

Fans of the “Star Trek” universe will want to make it their mission Thursday to head to the EMP Museum in Seattle as it celebrates the 50th anniversary of the iconic series. There will be an assortment of of family-friendly activities that includes the exhibit “Star Trek: Exploring New Worlds.

Museum officials are encouraging attendees to arrive in costume and pay tribute to their favorite characters from the final frontier.

Also, the first 50 people through the door will receive a limited edition “Star Trek” 50th Anniversary Captain’s Log.

Event highlights: Among the games, arts and crafts will be the opportunity to learn some basic Klingon, make a Khan finger puppet and toss a pesky tribble. Visitors will have the chance to step onto the bridge exhibit and have their photo taken while sitting in the captain’s chair. From 1-4 p.m., you can show your bravery and have a photo taken with a Klingon. Throughout the day, clips from various episodes and movies will be shown in the Sky Church.

“Building Star Trek” screening: The museum will show a new documentary from the Smithsonian Channel that looks at the lasting influence the original “Star Trek” series has had on the world through history, props and artifacts, and a new generation of engineers and scientists who are making the series’ visionary technology real, according to a museum news release. Doors open at 3 p.m., and the screening starts at 3:30 p.m.

Talk about Trek: Museum curator Brooks Peck will host a conversation at 5 p.m. on “Star Trek’s” influence on scientific exploration. The doors will open at 4:30 p.m.

About the exhibit: “Star Trek: Exploring New Worlds” is part of the 50th anniversary celebration of the franchise. The exhibit looks at “Star Trek’s” impact on culture, society, arts, technology and fashion. It includes more than 100 rare artifacts, set pieces and props from the television series, spinoffs and movies. According to museum officials, many of the items are from a private collection and have never before been on public display.

When: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Thursday.

Where: EMP Museum, 325 Fifth Ave. N., Seattle.

Admission: Combination museum and “Star Trek” exhibit admission is $30 adults (18-64); $27 seniors (65 and older), students and military; $21 youths; $5 museum members; and free for children 4 and younger. Any fan who says “Beam Me Up” at the front ticket counter will receive a $5 discount.

Information: empmuseum.org.

Jeffrey P. Mayor: 253-597-8640

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