We visited Vulcan expecting a fun afternoon of geeky tourism, but I really wasn't expecting much. I'd seen the Trekcetera museum's website before and was half prepared to see an enthusiast's personal collection in their own garage.
Then the museum blew me away.
First off I'll mention that the ticket price includes a guided tour - no matter if you arrive with a group or as a single person. You may have to wait for a few minutes - signed autographs and memorabilia in the entrance area will keep you entertained while you do.
The exhibition is small, but designed with a lot of love and attention to detail. All information is neatly presented in accessible and aesthetic ways. There is two larger rooms of Star Trek exhibits, one of which is an impressive gallery of original costumes throughout the different Star Trek series and movies, and a smaller room with props from other movies filmed in Alberta, such as Superman III, Brokeback Mountain and Titanic. I especially liked that the costumes were not behind glass, just a barrier.
The biggest selling point is the staff. The lady at the front counter / gift shop is super nice and engaging and kept us entertained until it was our "turn" to go in. The tour guide (also owner) of the place is quite the character - he had 100 fascinating little anecdotes for us. I should also mention that we were allowed to hold one of the movie props (a phaser from Star Trek: Nemesis) which is of course not common in this sort of exhibition or museum.
To be honest, after reading on the website that the museum has "a lot of Trek stuff, and also a table that was in Brokeback Mountain!" I thought - really? How is a table even a prop, and what does that have to do with anything? But the tour guide made even that fun and genuinely interesting.
The price of $12 per person (without any discounts) may seem slightly steep for the size of the museum (1-2 hours), but the guided tour was really worth it; secondly, the museum is fully licensed and the collection keeps growing, so the money is put to good use.
Whether trekkie or general movie buff: If you're in the general area, the town of Vulcan is well worth a visit, and don't miss out on this experience.
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