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1 Vul­can Star Trek mu­seum Trekcetera warp­ing to Drumheller in spring 2017.

The largely Star Trek themed mem­o­ra­bilia mu­seum Trekcetera in Vul­can, Al­berta will be mov­ing to Drumheller.

The move is about busi­ness for the mu­seum, as they hope to at­tract more vis­i­tors and be­come the sec­ond year-round at­trac­tion in Drumheller, next to the Tyrrell.

“It’s just not hap­pen­ing here,” said co-owner De­van Daniels. “Vul­can is very much a sea­sonal town and we need more busi­ness to make the mu­seum thrive and grow.”

Daniels said Trekcetera at­tracted be­tween 3,500 and 4,000 vis­i­tors a year in Vul­can since open­ing there three years ago, and projects they’ll at­tract ten times more vis­i­tors by mov­ing to Drumheller.

The mu­seum will be mov­ing into the va­cant build­ing which pre­vi­ously held Sun­shine Win­dows and Glass, on High­way 9, giv­ing them triple the space of Trekcetera’s cur­rent lo­ca­tion.

Two-thirds of the mu- seum is Star Trek re­lated, but the re­main­ing third is de­voted to a va­ri­ety of other film and tele­vi­sion mem­o­ra­bilia. One specif­i­cally Drumheller re­lated item is a cape worn by Christo­pher Reeve in Su­per­man 3, shot in south­ern Al­berta in 1983. The first Su­per­man film was filmed par­tially in Drumheller in 1978.

Trekcetera also has an ex­ten­sive col­lec­tion of items from Steven Spiel­berg’s last tele­vi­sion se­ries Terra Nova, which cen­tres on a fu­tur­is­tic so­ci­ety which re­col­o­nizes pre­his­toric earth in or­der to sur­vive. They have all the cos­tumes from the prin­ci­pal ac­tors and sev­eral props from the show.

“Our mu­seum is not strictly a di­nosaur at­trac­tion but it’s a good at­trac­tion and peo­ple look­ing for other things to do be­sides di­nosaurs will have an­other op­tion in Drumheller,” said Daniels.

Once Trekcetera moves to Drumheller, Daniels said they will fo­cus on col­lect­ing items from lo­cal film his­tory in or­der to rep­re­sent the area bet­ter.

“Drumheller is a great film­ing lo­ca­tion for a wide va­ri­ety of movies, and our mu­seum is all about tele­vi­sion and film mem­o­ra­bilia, so we’d fit in with that as­pect of Drumheller,” he said.

Trekcetera will be clos­ing in early Septem­ber, and af­ter a few well-de­served weeks off, the co-own­ers will be­gin the move af­ter tak­ing pos­ses­sion in Oc­to­ber and com­plete ren­o­va­tions in time for an early spring 2017 open­ing.

“We’re very ex­cited to be mov­ing there and so far everyone we’ve talked to in Drumheller got re­ally ex­cited about the idea of set­ting up shop there,” said Daniels. “We’re feel­ing wel­come and it’s a good feel­ing.”

We’re very ex­cited to be mov­ing there and so far everyone we’ve talked to in Drumheller got re­ally ex­cited about set­ting up shop there.” Co-owner De­van Daniels


Trekcetera, the Star Trek themed mu­seum in Vul­can, will be mov­ing to Drumheller this fall and open­ing in spring 2017.

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