Over Memorial Day weekend, the Henry Ford Museum hosted us to visit their new temporary exhibit: Star Trek Exploring New Worlds which runs into September.
Star Trek: Exploring New Worlds Exhibit
I first learned about Star Trek: Exploring New Worlds earlier this year when my friends at Indy with Kids shared photos from the exhibit when it was at the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis. As mild Trekkies, we contemplated adding Indianapolis to our spring break travels just for the exhibit. Then, I looked at its future schedule and discovered that The Henry Ford in Dearborn was the next stop.
Star Trek: Exploring New Worlds was created by the Museum of Pop Culture (MoPop) in Seattle. Indianapolis was its first stop. Henry Ford is the second stop. Currently, the only other stop I could find is Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles.
The Star Trek: Exploring New Worlds Exhibit features memorabilia and information from all of the Star Trek series and motion pictures.
The exhibit features memorabilia including costumes and models from across the Star Trek universe. This includes
- Star Trek the Original Series
- Star Trek: The Next Generation
- Star Trek: Deep Space 9
- Star Trek: Voyager
- Star Trek: Discovery
- All of the movies including the reboot
This handy graphic helps provide a timeline for the TV shows and movies.
My daughter has not seen as much of Star Trek as my husband and I. Her Star Trek education is mostly around the Borg episodes across the different series. She loved getting to regenerate in a Borg Alcove.
In addition to the memorabilia, there are numerous screens with interviews and clips. I enjoyed taking the opportunity to watch several of them.
There are a few interactive elements to the exhibit. In addition to the Borg alcove, you can crawl through a Jeffries tube and star in your own Star Trek Scene.
Star in Your Own Star Trek Scene
The exhibit offers a chance to star in your own Star Trek scene. Up to 4 people can act in front of a green screen following directions. There are several scenes you can select from.
The completed screen is available on a monitor behind the camera station. You can use your phone to record from the monitor.
I wish they would have offered an email or download of the scene. There was a dad and daughter inline in front of us, so I offered to use his phone to record their scene for them. Then I recorded my daughter’s scene. By the end of the second scene, my arms were getting tired and it was hard to hold the camera steady.
Our Thoughts on Star Trek: Exploring New Worlds
We enjoyed the exhibit as mild Trekkies. My husband and I were regular viewers of The Next Generation, Deep Space 9, and Voyager. We have introduced our 13 year old daughter to these series as well with an emphasis on the Borg episodes. She was as intrigued by the exhibit as we were and took many pictures. We let her explore at her own pace. She went ahead of us, but then doubled back to get a second look at everything.
We recommend the exhibit for families who have some familiarity with Star Trek. Most of the exhibit is not hands-on, so it is not a great choice for families with preschoolers or toddlers.
Visit Star Trek: Exploring New Worlds
Star Trek: Exploring New Worlds is at the Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn, Michigan through September 2, 2019. Entrance to the exhibit is free with your museum admission. Timed tickets are not needed and you can come and go from the exhibit.
The exhibit exits through a Gift Shop. We were a bit disappointed in the merchandise available. We looked for a t-shirt for my daughter, and did not find a good one.
Henry Ford Museum Hours
The Henry Ford is open daily from 9:30a-5p. They are open all summer including on Fourth of July and Labor Day. They do close for Thanksgiving and Christmas.
Admission to Henry Ford Museum
You can purchase admission to the Henry Ford Museum individually or combined with other attractions. Parking is an additional $6/group paid with admission.
- Henry Ford Museum Only
- Adult (ages 12-61): $24
- Youth (ages 5-11): $18
- Child (ages 4 & under): Free
- Senior (ages 62+): $22
- Henry Ford Museum & Greenfield Village
- Adult (ages 12-61): $40
- Youth (ages 5-11): $30
- Child (ages 4 & under): Free
- Senior (ages 62+): $36.25
Memberships are also a great option. They include admission to The Henry Ford Museum, Greenfield Village, Memberships also include discounted tickets, free parking, and shopping/food discounts. I have included a variety of membership options. We started with a Companion membership when my daughter was 4 since we did not need to cover her under the membership. With only one child, when she got older, we switched to a Companion Flex membership since we could bring a friend or family member.
- Memberships (with/without rides)
- Individual: $65/$90
- Companion (1 Members Plus 1 Additional Guest per visit): $125/175
- Companion Flex (2 Members Plus 2 Additional Guests per visit): $195/295
- Family (2 Members & Children/Grandchildren under 18): $185/$285
- Family Flex (2 Members & Children/Grandchildren under 18 + 2 Guests per visit): $260/$360