Eric Cheung wrote:
Having worked in a science museum I can tell you that there definitely is a disconnect between "great scientific minds" and museum administrative personnel. People who run museums (and sadly this is increasingly the case), care primarily about admission sales and science second.
And that definitely applies to NASM and the Enterprise.
The curatorial folks who got "stuck" putting together the 25th Anniversary "Star Trek" exhibition didn't feel they got a plum assignment, believe me. It was basically the job no one wanted - until they got a whiff of the public interest. And when everyone saw the crowds and the number of visitors it generated, week after week and month after month...well, the influence and importance of the folks who had managed it grew into quite the fiefdom.