The new exhibit was celebrated with an fantastic opening party. Brooks Peck, the curator opened the party by telling the geeks in attendance that they were letting him down. "When is the last time you told the bus driver to live long and prosper?" And suggested that the watered down vampire stories and romance novels were turning SciFi readers into...well, romance readers. He suggested that we get back to our Science Fiction roots and that checking out the new exhibit was a good first step.
The party was great. Geek Girl Con was in attendance playing "Dr. Guess Who", the folks from Star Trek: Phoenix were enlisting guests into Starfleet, Geeks who Drink ran trivia, BJ Shea's Geek Nation podcast was sketching bacon and DABooth had a fantastic Dr. Who themed photo booth set up.
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How many parties do you go to where you are harassed by Klingons?
"Okay, Sharon, you got to go to an awesome party, we get it. What's in the actual exhibit? Can I bring my kids?" That's what I'm imagining you're saying right now, so...
The exhibit was broken up into a series of questions. Each had corresponding books, props and information that tied into the question being asked.
"What if you were the chosen one?"
This showcases props and info from Dune, The Matrix (Neo's coat), Star Wars, and Battlestar Galactica
"What if you had superpowers?"
This part of the exhibit explores what it would be like to be super-human. Here you can see Christopher Reeve's Superman IV costume, info about The Watchmen, and (adorably) an animation cell from The Powerpuff Girls.
"What if we fought a war with aliens?"
This part of the exhibit showcases guns from Men in Black, the Anubis headdress from the Stargate film, and a toy spaceship used as a model in Ed Wood's Plan 9 from Outer Space.
"What if we were enslaved by our machines?"
Featured two of my favorite artifacts, the T-800 skull used in Terminator 2 and a Dalek from the Dr. Who episode "Rememberance of the Daleks".
"What if we could design our own children?"
Here, you can see the creepy teddy bear from A.I. and Data's uniform from Star Trek: The Next Generation.
Because of the way the exhibit is grouped by question and not chronology or subject, the exhibit is really engaging, and would be interesting to those who are not necessarily fans of the genre.
It's worth mentioning that Peck mentioned that one of his "dream items" for the exhibit would be a screen-used prop or costume from Joss Whedon's Firefly because he feels that with it's limited run and cult-following it really embodies sci-fi culture. So if you have such an item, or know where to get one and would like to display it for the world to see contact the EMP.
It's a really, really fun exhibit. I think most older kids (10+) who are fans of science fiction would enjoy it. While you're at EMP you can also check out the very interactive exhibit based on James Cameron's Avatar, and the rest of the EMP which is dedicated to rock memorabilia.
For more information and to buy tickets: http://www.empmuseum.org