Star Trek exhibit beams into Riverside museum

RIVERSIDE, Calif. Captains Log: Stardate minus-31-25-38. Location: Downtown Riverside.

These are the continuing voyages of the /*Riverside*/ Renaissance, a 5-year mission to showcase Riverside as a city of arts and innovation.

As part of that, /*Star Trek*/ the Exhibition has beamed down. It's one of the largest collections of Star Trek artifacts and information ever on display.

"This exhibit is focusing on the science behind science fiction, so all of the gadgetry and the props look like things we're using today," explained Enette Morton of the Riverside Metropolitan Museum.

For example, take an engineering "Padd" from the original series. Maybe /*Steve Jobs*/ had it in mind when he came up with the /*iPad*/.

There's plenty to learn and plenty to see.

"It's educational as well as fun," said Morton.

This is the first Star trek exhibit of its kind to come to Southern California, and city officials are hoping it brings tourists to Riverside at warp speed.

"Riverside is a city of arts and innovation, and this is a signature example of what we're all about," said Riverside Mayor Ron Loveridge.

Loveridge said he's not a Trekker himself, but he hopes this exhibit helps tourists Trek here.

"This is welcome. Come see the exhibit. Come see Riverside," said Lovridge.

The exhibit costs $15 for adults and opens Saturday at the Riverside Metropolitan Museum.

So, boldly go where no man has gone before, at least until the exhibit beams away in February 2011.

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