Star Wars Creator George Lucas Chooses A New Home For His $1 Billion Museum
(Concept art of the museum in LA. Photo: Lucas Museum of Narrative Art)
The Lucas Museum of Narrative Art finally finds its home in Los Angeles, California. The musuem, which will showcase artifacts and exhibits from Star Wars amongs tmany other George Lucas items from the history of the film, was originally planned to be built in Chicago but after being fought by a group there, Lucas decided to head back to California to search for his museum's home. After debating between Los Angeles and San Francisco (the home of Lucasfilm and Skywalker Ranch), Lucas has chosen the location for his museum: Exposition Park in Los Angeles.
"After extensive due diligence and deliberation, the Board of Directors of the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art is pleased to announce plans to build the museum in Exposition Park in Los Angeles," the organization announced on Twitter. "We have been humbled by the overwhelmingly positive support we received from both San Francisco and Los Angeles during our selection process. Settling on a location proved to be an extremely difficult decision precely because of the desirability of both sites and cities."
They also thanked San Francisco for trying to secure the museum, and explained why they chose Los Angeles:
"The board wishes to extend a special thanks to Mayor Ed Lee and the San Francisco Board of Supervisors for their tremendous efforts and engagement. While each location offers many unique and wonderful attributes, South Los Angeles's Promise Zone 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. Exposition Park is a magnet for the region and accessible from all parts of the city. As a museum uniquely focused on narrative art, we look forward to becoming part of a dynamic museum community, surrounded by more than 100 elementary and high schools, one of the country's leading universities, as well as three other world-class museums."
The construction of the museum will begin soon, and the board hopes it to be "a global destination" for film fans and historians. The museum was estimated to be worth $1-1.5 billion to build. More details about what the museum will display, the construction costs and timeline are expected to be announced soon.