The Voyage Home History Center in Riverside, Iowa is officially a museum showcasing the town’s history…and future history. But most people would just call it a Star Trek Museum.
So…why is there a Star Trek Museum in the middle of Iowa? Riverside, Iowa, where the center is located, is known as the “future birthplace of Captain James T. Kirk,” a Star Trek legend who helms the USS Enterprise in books, TV shows, and movies.
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The Iowa town celebrates their self-proclaimed status with a Captain Kirk statue, a plaque, a museum, and an annual TrekFest celebration among a plethora of banners and signs that mark buildings and light poles around town. One bar even has a plaque commemorating where Captain Kirk will be conceived!
Come inside the Voyage Home History Center to check out homemade props, photo ops, and memorabilia that tie this town into the famed sci-fi franchise. You’ll find everything from Starfleet uniforms to packaged toys to autographed photos to spaceship replicas to a command station to a transporter to beam you up (Scotty)! Be sure to check out the Star Trek themed bathroom.
Also be sure to stop outside to see the USS Riverside NCC-1818, an unofficial scale model of a Starfleet starship designed after the Starship Enterprise used in the annual Trek Fest Parade.
Learn more about everything you can see at the Future Birthplace of Captain James T. Kirk in Riverside, Iowa.
Photos of the Voyage Home History Center (Star Trek Museum)
Photos of the USS Riverside NCC-1818 (an unofficial replica of the USS Enterprise)
Voyage Home History Center (Star Trek Museum)
Address: 361 W First St, Riverside, IA
Hours: Monday – Saturday, 10am – 4pm; Sunday 12pm – 4pm
Cost: Free Admission
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