George Lucas chooses LA as site for $1 billion art museum


After months of speculation on where George Lucas is gonna put his Museum of Narrative Art. We learn today that Los Angeles’s Exposition Park is where he decided to put his $1 billion museum venture.

The project had run into several roadblocks over the past few months and years. Originally the museum was gonna be built-in San Francisco’s presidio. But he ran into opposition from the trust that operates the park there. So he moved the project to Chicago’s waterfront. Where once again the project ran into problems. This time by city conservationists who sued Lucas over trying to build on lakefront property.

In came Los Angeles, whose city leaders welcomed the idea with open arms, and gave Lucas the Exposition Park site. The site already sports numerous museums and is a short walk to the University of Southern California, where Lucas went to college. San Francisco came in with another bid to have the museum built on Treasure Island — an Island between Oakland and San Francisco right off the Bay Bridge.

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However, and ultimately, George Lucas said the Los Angeles site gives the museum the best chance to “have the greatest impact on the broader community, fulfilling our goal of inspiring, engaging and educating a broad and diverse visitorship.”

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The collection features pieces from E.T, Dumbo, The Ten Commandments and of course, Star Wars. It is not only film artifacts that this museum is going to have on display, as Lucas has Norman Rockwell, Renoir, and other traditional paintings. The museum will also have comic art and photographs displayed, as well.

H/T – San Fransico Chronicle