The Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum's most recent renovations may have the museum temporarily closed, but Trekkies will have something to look forward to when it reopens on October 14: The Enterprise studio model used in Star Trek: The Original Series. The Museum is reintroducing the popular exhibit as a part of its reopening later in the fall, unveiling eight new galleries in the transformed space.
The Enterprise starship model was donated to the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum in 1974, but it has been off-display since October 7, 2019. The complex display of the model had to be removed before renovations of the building began, resulting in a three-year hiatus.
Walter Jeffries' final design was just one of many that were created by the original creator, Gene Roddenberry. The ship is described as such by the National Air and Space Museum:
The primary Command hull, which is connected beneath it by a massive, slanting pylon, has three main sections: at the top of the saucer, connected to the Engineering hull by pylons, are the two long, protruding engine pods; the bridge, the ship's command and nerve center, which houses all of the computer controls; the primary Command hull, which was painted gray and gray-green.
The website of the museum provides further information on the multi-year renovations, including the following:
The National Air and Space Museum isundergoing a massive multi-year renovation that began in 2018. The museum will utilize innovative and dynamic approaches to engage visitors while they are there and after they leave. All 23 exhibitions will be completely transformed, with new presentation areas and attractions.
We will raise $250 million from organizations in the aerospace industry and individuals like you to transform our exhibitions and renovate the Museum, inside and out.
The model you see below can be seen in person, or read more about it here. Visit the National Museum of Air and Space in Washington DC on October 14th.