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(written from a Production point of view)

Poster for the European tour.

Star Trek: Federation Science was a long-running touring exhibition that opened in 1992, dedicated to illustrating the real science behind the Star Trek series.

Produced by the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (lead writer, Mark Bourne), the exhibit was originally developed to coincide with both the 25th anniversary and the 1992 International Space Year, before becoming a touring exhibition and undertaking an extensive North American tour in September of that year. The exhibition ran concurrently with a special planetarium show, Star Trek: Orion Rendezvous.

The exhibit proved to be so popular that a second edition was constructed in 1994. In 1998, a third exhibition began a multi-city European tour. The exhibit, which had a ten year life expectancy, was fully retired by the end 2003.

Through 2000, the combined worldwide attendance exceeded 5 million visitors.

The 4,000 to 10,000 ft2 exhibition featured from 30 to over 40 modular touch-screen displays illustrating various scientific concepts, with interactive consoles featuring special "missions", along with instructional videos from Patrick Stewart, Brent Spiner (in character as Data), LeVar Burton and Gates McFadden.

Star Trek author Christopher L. Bennett was a staff member at the exhibition in Cincinnati in 1996. At that venue, the exhibition attracted 88,926 visitors.

North American tour

Museum Location Opened Closed
Oregon Museum of Science and Industry Portland, Oregon 25 January 1992 7 September 1992
Boston Museum of Science Boston, Massachusetts 3 October 1992 3 January 1993
SciTrek Atlanta, Georgia 30 January 1993 2 May 1993
Buffalo Museum of Science Buffalo, New York 1 June 1993 6 September 1993
Chicago Museum of Science and Industry Chicago, Colorado 1 October 1993 3 January 1994
Denver Museum of Natural History Denver, Colorado 4 February 1994 5 June 1994
California Academy of Sciences San Francisco, California 5 February 1994 1 May 1994
Science World, British Columbia Vancouver, British Columbia 4 June 1994 5 September 1994
Carnegie Science Center Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 1 July 1994 1 January 1995
Franklin Institute Science Museum Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 7 October 1994 2 January 1995
Museum of Science and Industry Tampa, Florida 4 February 1995 4 September 1995
Morris Museum Morristown, New Jersey 1 February 1995 30 April 1995
Museum of Man and Nature Winnipeg, Manitoba 1 June 1995 4 September 1995
The Science Place Dallas, Texas 29 September 1995 1 January 1996
Virginia Air and Space Museum Hampton, Virginia 26 January 1996 30 April 1996
Cincinnati Museum Center Cincinnati, Ohio 3 February 1996 28 April 1996
Oregon Museum of Science and Industry Portland, Oregon 24 May 1996 Fall 1996
Pacific Science Center Seattle, Washington 25 May 1996 2 September 1996
Ontario Science Centre Toronto, Ontario 28 September 1996 5 January 1997
Science Center of Iowa Des Moines, Iowa 1 February 1997 27 April 1997
San Bernardino County Museum Redlands, California 25 January 1997 27 April 1997
Science Center of Connecticut Hartford, Connecticut 23 May 1997 1 September 1997
Great Lakes Science Center Cleveland, Ohio 24 May 1997 1 September 1997
Maryland Science Center Baltimore, Maryland 27 September 1997 4 January 1998
Miami Museum of Science Miami, Florida 31 January 1998 3 May 1998
Orlando Science Center Orlando, Florida 30 May 1998 7 September 1998
South Carolina State Museum Columbia, South Carolina 30 January 1999 2 May 1999
Cumberland Science Museum Nashville, Tennessee 29 May 1999 6 September 1999
Gulf Coast Explorium Mobile, Alabama 2 October 1999 2 January 2000
South Florida Science Museum Palm Beach, Florida 29 January 2000 1 May 2000
Science Museum of Western Virginia Roanoke, Virginia 7 October 2000 31 December 2000
Virginia Air and Space Museum Hampton, Virginia 27 January 2001 30 April 2001
Grand Rapids Museum Center Grand Rapids, Michigan 26 May 2001 3 September 2001
Durham Western Heritage Museum Omaha, Nebraska 29 September 2001 1 January 2002
Louisville Science Center Louisville, Kentucky 26 January 2002 19 May 2002

European tour

Museum Location Opened Closed
Hansestadt Bremen Bremen, Germany 22 January 1999 11 April 1999
Eishalle Rostock, Germany 21 May 1999 29 August 1999
Kunsthal Rotterdam, The Netherlands 18 December 1999 2 April 2000
Museokeskus Vapriikki Tampere, Finland 28 April 2000 20 August 2000
Science Museum London, UK 15 September 2000 22 April 2001
Hancock Museum Newcastle, UK 12 May 2001 9 September 2001
Tekniska Museet Stockholm, Sweden 18 November 2001 18 April 2002
Museum of Science and Industry Manchester, UK 28 June 2002 27 October 2002
National Museum and Gallery of Wales Cardiff, UK November 2002 22 April 2003
Odyssey Belfast, UK 9 May 2003 7 September 2003

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