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You might want to seriously consider booking a trip to the West Coast in the future. George Lucas has announced the location for his long-awaited museum and it’s going to be in Los Angeles.
The Star Wars creator and legendary filmmaker and his team will open what’s to be called the Museum of Narrative Art, which will showcase Lucas’ collection of over 10,000 pieces of visual art and Hollywood memorabilia. And yes, that includes some Star Wars memorabilia, such as costumes.
The board of directors released a statement Tuesday that states Los Angeles’ Exposition Park “best positions the museum to have the greatest impact on the broader community, fulfilling our goal of inspiring, engaging and educating a broad and diverse visitorship.” This was after a years-long battle to find a home for the museum, which included plans for San Francisco and Chicago.
After an organization filed a lawsuit asserting that Chicago had overstepped their bounds in offering a location to Lucas, he set his sights back onto the West Coast, where he considered both Los Angeles and San Francisco. The two cities battled it out, but in the end, Los Angeles won.
“Settling on a location proved to be an extremely difficult decision precisely because of the desirability of both sites and cities,” the press release stated.
A rendering of the museum’s design. Courtesy Lucas Museum of Narrative Art
As you can see from the rendering above, the museum will look futuristic, perfect for all the science fiction fans that are bound to head over there once it opens. It’ll include about 275,000 square feet of space, including up to 100,000 square feet just for galleries. The project is set to cost about $1 billion.
The museum, besides being another place to experience traditional fine art, will also include a section to celebrate the “art of cinema.” The collection includes concept art, costumes, props, and examples of famous visual effects, including makeup. It’ll also host weekly screenings and lectures by filmmakers.
Basically, the museum promises to be a home for film nerds, as well as fine art purists, and Star Wars and genre fans.
No word yet on when it’ll be open, but as a Los Angeles resident, you can be sure I’ll be there opening day, or whenever I get the chance. Chewie, we’re home!
In the meantime, you can check out the Lucas Museum’s website to learn more about the pieces and exhibitions that’ll be included in the collection.