George Takei Donates Art and Star Trek Memorabilia to L.A. Museum

Michele Debczak
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Come next spring, Trekkies will have a new reason to make a pilgrimage to Los Angeles. George Takei is donating his personal collection of art, artifacts, and Star Trek memorabilia to the Japanese American National Museum, and according to The Hollywood Reporter, the items will be the focus of a new exhibit debuting March 12, 2017.

Playing Mr. Sulu on the original Star Trek series is one of many accomplishments the actor has achieved in his lifetime. During his 79 years, he’s advocated for gay rights, run marathons, raised awareness about the injustice of Japanese-American internment camps, and cultivated a powerful Facebook presence. The items in his collection span his entire career, including his 1973 bid for a seat on the L.A. City Council and his carrying of the Olympic torch leading up to the 1984 L.A. games.

The scripts, photos, sculptures, and Star Trek goodies that make up the gift will be the center of an exhibition titled "New Frontiers: The Many Worlds of George Takei." In addition to serving on its board of trustees, Takei helped found the museum, and even had his wedding there in 2008.

[h/t The Hollywood Reporter]

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