An important piece of Star Trek history returns for the first time in years to Washington DC as the Smithsonian renovates the Air and Space Museum. We have the details on the return of the original USS Enterprise.
The return of a legend
Star Trek: The Original Series used groundbreaking visual effects techniques to create the iconic space scenes featuring the USS Enterprise. The centerpiece of this work was an 11-foot-long corporate model and in 1974 Paramount donated it to the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum where it was exhibited in various locations over the decades with its final exhibit being in place after a major conservation project on the model in 2016.
In 2019, the model was removed from display as part of the museum’s larger renovation. While the full renovation won’t be complete until later this year, the museum has announced that the Enterprise will be back sooner than expected. According to a museum spokesperson, the exhibit of the shooting model will be open to the public from October 14 as part of the Boeing Flight Hall Milestones. According to the museum, the USS Enterprise model will be in the South Hall and will be displayed very similarly to what it was before, including the same case.
You can find out more about the model at the museum at airandspace.si.edu. And the video below (with a brief glimpse of Mr. Spock) promotes the museum’s return this fall.
According to the museum, the ship is still in good condition in storage during the museum’s renovation and required no further work. The video below shows some of the work carried out for the 2016 restoration of the model.
To learn more about the museum, visit airandspace.si.edu.