Trekcetera Mu­seum ready for Drumheller

The Drumheller Mail - - NEWS - Terri Hux­ley The Drumheller Mail

On April 14, be­gin­ning at 9:00 a.m., the newly lo­cated mu­seum will open its doors to ea­ger tourists and fans year-round.

The cou­ple de­cided to move after re­al­iz­ing the po­ten­tial Drumheller had to of­fer and lack thereof in Vul­can.

“Two rea­sons: one is sim­ple eco­nomics – there’s more tourist traf­fic here. There wasn’t enough traf­fic in Vul­can to sup­port the both of us,” said Daniels. “So we moved here for that rea­son but also be­cause our mu­seum is a lot larger here now.”

The pair be­gan their jour­ney in 2006 after de­cid­ing to col­lect some of their favourite char­ac­ter’s cos­tumes from the Star Trek Voy­ager se­ries.

Para­mount Pic­tures and CBS Stu­dios had de­cided to make room in their ware­houses so they auc­tioned off every­thing in­clud­ing Star Trek. The auc­tions were weekly and hap­pened for a span of two and a half years. Each auc­tion had a set se­ries that would be sold which ul­ti­mately helped the two save enough money to buy more cos­tumes.

“It was a great way for Michael and I to pick up our favourite cos­tumes from our favourite se­ries,” said Daniels.

“So we got our favourite char­ac­ters and then we just kept go­ing,” said Daniels. After all was said and done, Daniels and Man­gold were able to col­lect all the pieces from Star Trek Voy­ager as well as re­cur­ring char­ac­ters through­out the se­ries.

By 2010, the Cal­gary Phil­har­monic Or­ches­tra (CPO) had a sold out three night event called ‘ The Music of Star Trek’ hosted by Robert Pi­cardo and John de Lan­cie.

The pair were cu­ri­ous about get­ting au­to­graphs from the hosts and sug­gested bring­ing their cos­tumes and putting them on display as a way to add to the per­for­mance.

“Ev­ery­one that went is a star trek fan so they re­ally, re­ally, re­ally en­joyed see­ing the cos­tumes up close,” said Daniels. “Ev­ery­one thought we were from Hol­ly­wood so they were shocked that we owned all this stuff.”

The CPO con­cert gave them an idea to share their love of the cos­tumes. By 2013, the mu­seum had opened in Vul­can and they had con­tin­ued to col­lect more cos­tumes from Star Trek as well as other TV se­ries and films.

“Michael and I were at our com­put­ers ev­ery night for over two years putting in bids and watch­ing the auc­tions,” said Daniels.

The team looks for­ward to mak­ing the best ex­pe­ri­ence pos­si­ble for ev­ery guest that walks through the door.

“It’s a great feel­ing when peo­ple come through the mu­seum and they leave happy,”

The mu­seum takes pride in their cus­tomer ser­vice and tourism ex­pe­ri­ence, ex­plain­ing that they are not the con­ven­tional mu­seum.

“Our mu­seum is a lit­tle bit dif­fer­ent, we aren’t just go­ing to say ‘okay you are on your own, read the signs’, we’re go­ing to have peo­ple in­side the mu­seum like staff who are go­ing to elab­o­rate on things and tell be­hind the scenes sto­ries,” said Daniels.

As well as the cape from the Su­per­man 3 movie, the mu­seum holds a piece of the real Ti­tanic where visi­tors are al­lowed to touch it. Along with the ti­tanic piece, the mu­seum has as­sorted props from the movie Ti­tanic and real pieces of the twin sis­ter ship RMS Olympic.

“Michael in par­tic­u­lar, for ex­am­ple, has spe­cial be­hind the scene sto­ries be­cause he ac­tu­ally worked on set with Christo­pher Reeve when they filmed su­per­man 3 in Cal­gary back in 1983,” said Daniels.

Each year, new items are added so visi­tors can have a re­fresh­ing ex­pe­ri­ence. Fam­ily and life­time passes are avail­able so visi­tors do not have to pay again and can visit as much as they want.

The mu­seum pro­vides a ‘per­sonal touch’ and proves it with high scores on TripAd­vi­sor.

“We look for­ward to mak­ing peo­ple’s ex­pe­ri­ences re­ally en­joy­able and want peo­ple walk out feel­ing thank­ful that they’ve seen the mu­seum.”

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