Star Wars: Where Science Meets Imagination

Friday night after work I boarded a CalTrain for San Jose. I met my wife at the train depot and we headed over to “Jedi Nights” at The Tech Museum.  There was a Star Wars Exhibition on display and they had a bunch of family friendly Star Wars/Science projects you could participate in.

We started out in the Exhibition hall, which was open until 9:30 and probably should have done the other stuff first.  Oops. 

The exhibition had some awesome stuff housed inside, all on loan from the Lucas Cultural Arts Museum that doesn’t exist yet.  Original Han Solo, Boba Fett, Leia, R2D2, C3PO, Destroyer Droid, Battle Droid, Darth Vader, 2-1B, Jawa, Anakin, Obi-Wan and many other costumes and props were on display, as were a myriad of spacecraft, including models of the X-Wing, Y-Wing, TIE Fighter, Star Destroyer, Rebel Blockade Runner, two Millennium Falcons and plenty of other awesome stuff.  Luke’s Landspeeder and Boba Fett were making their debut with the San Jose stop of the exhibition.  The most impressive things that interested me were the sheer size of the Destroyer Droid, the “naked” C3PO from Episode I and the “clothed” one from the later episodes and the awesome large scale falcon.

There was a big crowd for Jedi Night, but it wasn’t so bad that we couldn’t see and take photos of everything we wanted to.  It was a good exhibition, but nothing can ever top sitting on the bridge of The Next Generation Enterprise watching the 2009 Star Trek film that we got to do in Los Angeles as a part of the Star Trek Exhibition.

We attempted to go to the Ewok Escape science activity and found out it was closing at 9, as were all of the other activities and the remainder of the museum that wasn’t the Star Wars Exhibition.  We watched a couple of people do the activity and marveled over the 3D printed Yoda bust and other stuff before we headed back upstairs for the exit.  They gave us trading cards on the way out.  That was nice.

It was a fun experience and I’m glad we could squeeze it into Friday night.

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