January 15, 2013

Alien exhibit to invade Broadway at the Beach in Myrtle Beach

UFOs will be invading Broadway at the Beach this spring.

UFOs will be invading Broadway at the Beach this spring.

“Encounters: UFO Experience” is moving into the former Bodies Revealed space at Broadway at the Beach, near Margaritaville.

The display will have more than 200 original artifacts, conceptual models and film clips and recordings of claimed sightings. Folks also can learn more about UFO sightings at places such as Area 51 and Roswell and see replicas of science fiction props in movies such as E.T., Close Encounters of the Third Kind and Men in Black.

“The unique and extraordinary content in our galleries have been provided by UFOlogists from around the world,” Brian Bouquet of The Event Agency said in a news release. “Without the resources of these private collectors, this exhibition would not be possible. We plan to keep Encounters dynamic and fresh, so we’ll always be looking for more contributions to the story it tells.”

The exhibit is expected to open in the spring, though a specific date hasn’t been set. Plans are for it to be open Thursday through Sunday during April and May, with longer summer hours to be announced later. The city’s Community Appearance Board still must sign off on the design before construction starts.

Ticket prices haven’t yet been set. The exhibit will stay through at least the summer but isn’t intended to be a permanent addition to Broadway.

The Event Agency, which developed Encounters and was involved in the popular Bodies Revealed exhibit at Broadway that left last year after two summers, aims to build buzz about the UFO exhibit in Myrtle Beach then take it to other cities.

Buzz about sightings along the Grand Strand helped convince the display’s developers to debut it in Myrtle Beach, officials said. More than 60 sightings in Horry and Georgetown counties were logged last year at the National UFO Reporting Center.

If folks have items they want to talk about contributing to Encounters, call 949-218-9037.

“The coastal area around Myrtle Beach has a well-documented history of multiple UFO sightings,” Bouquet said. “...Given Myrtle Beach’s interest in UFOs, it seemed like the ideal place to launch what we expect will be an exhibition that will eventually travel around the world.”

The exhibit will appeal to science junkies and others who are just curious about UFOs, said Patrick Walsh, senior vice president of Burroughs & Chapin Co. Inc., which owns Broadway at the Beach.

“We expect Encounters to be a very popular attraction at Broadway at the Beach,” he said in a news release.

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