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The Smithsonian has completed its restoration of the original USS Enterprise model from Star Trek: The Original Series. Paramount donated the 11-foot prop to the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum in 1974. Originally, the model spaceship was displayed in the Arts and Industries Building’s Life in the Universe exhibit, and it moved locations a few times in the decades since. From March 2000 onward, the Enterprise had been living in a display case on the lower level of the Museum’s store.
On September 11, 2014, the model was removed from the floor for restoration. Today, the model has risen from the basement, fresh and beautiful, and made its debut in the Boeing Milestones of Flight Hall.
On Friday, July 1, the museum celebrates the 40th birthday of its building in Washington, D.C., and the ceremonious reopening of the Boeing Milestones of Flight Hall. To mark the occassion, they are throwing an all-night public party inside the museum. You can go see the Enterprise aglow with its new LED lighting then.
Sundays 8 PM & Weeknights 8 PM Eastern