New York, NY (January 26, 2016) – To celebrate the 50th anniversary of Star Trek, the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum will host Star Trek: The Starfleet Academy Experience, an interactive exhibition that immerses visitors in the world of the beloved science fiction franchise. The exhibition is produced by EMS Entertainment, the leader in interactive immersive exhibitions, in collaboration with the Canada Aviation and Space Museum and under license by CBS Consumer Products. Making its U.S. debut at the Intrepid Museum, the exhibition offers visitors the chance to experience life as a Starfleet Academy cadet, as they attend the Academy’s Career Day in the 26th century. After student orientation, cadets will visit nine zones focused on the training center’s specialties: Language, Medical, Navigation, Engineering, Command and Science. Following these interactions, cadets will be assigned a specialty and a demeanor based on their individual training. The Starfleet Academy Experience, which will span 10,000 square feet on Pier 86, will be open to the public in summer 2016.
Die-hard Star Trek fans may recognize many of the props and costumes on display from the television show. In addition, there will be plenty of interactive activities and unique technology, including Leap Motion, voice recognition to communicate with a Klingon, Medical Tricorder table with RFID sensors, planet projection mapping, holograms, and a shooting game using Star Trek’s iconic phasers. Visitors will have a chance to learn about the real-life inventions inspired by Star Trek as well as the science behind them. “Star Trek has had a profound influence on many technologies we use today, and the show continues to inspire innovation and science,” said Christoph Rahofer, CEO of EMS Entertainment and executive producer of the show. “With Star Trek: The Starfleet Academy Experience, we want to engage our audience with the history of the future.”
“We are thrilled to host The Starfleet Academy Experience and share the fun and educational side of Star Trek with visitors,” said Susan Marenoff-Zausner, president of the Intrepid Museum. “Star Trek is a beloved franchise whose fan base spans generations, and we are excited to be a part of the 50th anniversary celebration.”
This year marks the golden anniversary of Star Trek, one of the most internationally beloved science fiction franchises, featuring six television series and 13 feature films. To commemorate this anniversary, events will take place throughout the country, including art exhibitions, a music tour, fan expos, a Star Trek–themed cruise, various speaker series and more. The Intrepid Museum, home to the space shuttle Enterprise, will be the first stop on the U.S. tour for The Starfleet Academy Experience.
The Intrepid Museum will host a number of Star Trek–themed public programs to commemorate the 50th anniversary, including movie nights, themed Operation Slumbers (the Museum’s popular overnight experience), education programs, Trek Talks, themed Astronomy Nights and more. The programming will kick off during the Intrepid Museum’s annual Kids Week on February 15–20. On Wednesday, February 17, the Intrepid Museum will hold two screenings of the Star Trek: The Animated Series episode “More Tribbles, More Troubles,” immediately followed by a live animal demo focusing on invasive species by zoologist Jarod Miller. Each screening will be preceded by a giveaway of a Tribbles toy to every child who attends the screening (while supplies last).