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A museum was a type of establishment, found in many cultures, devoted to the educational interpretation and display of objects having historical, scientific and/or artistic value. Notable Starfleet ships were on occasion turned into museums.
In 2269, after losing the Slaver weapon, Hikaru Sulu lamented that it would have looked nice in some museum, prompting Spock to opine that it never would have reached the museum, as someone else would undoubtedly seize it first. (TAS: "The Slaver Weapon")
A small number of jevonite artifacts from the burial vaults of the First Hebitian civilization were preserved in museums after their discovery in the 22nd century. However, by the late 24th century they had been sold to pay for the Cardassian war effort. (TNG: "Chain of Command, Part II")
James T. Kirk and Hikaru Sulu both (but independently) once saw a mid-20th century computer demonstrated in a museum. Montgomery Scott claimed to have seen drawings of some of the ships captured in the Delta Triangle in museums. (TOS: "Tomorrow is Yesterday"; TAS: "The Time Trap")
In 2370, because of the atmospheric dissipation on Boraal II and his inability to save its inhabitants because of the Prime Directive, Nikolai Rozhenko complained that the only way he would be allowed to preserve Boraalan culture was in a museum. (TNG: "Homeward")
Sometimes to indicate age and rarity of an object, it was said that it belonged in a museum or that it was a museum piece. Such was the case when a primitive microscope was discovered on Earth Two. After discovering a Promellian battle cruiser in 2366, Jean-Luc Picard also claimed it belonged in a museum. (TOS: "Miri"; TNG: "Booby Trap")
- Bajoran State Museum
- Central Museum of Remmil VI
- Cetacean Institute
- Fleet Museum
- Fort Knox
- Griffith Observatory
- Movieland Wax Museum
- Museum of Kyrian Heritage
- Norcadian Museum of Entomology
- Royal Museum of Epsilon Hydra VII
- Smithsonian Institution
- Starfleet Museum
Background information Edit
When the script of the Star Trek: Deep Space Nine episode "The Visitor" describes the state of the USS Defiant in the early 2400s, it notes that the "dedication plaque is probably gone... an exhibit in a museum somewhere".