Lucas Museum to be Built in LA

The Lucas Museum of Narrative Art has finally found a home in Los Angeles. Billionaire film creator George Lucas has been looking for a city to accommodate the proposed museum that will house his extensive personal art collection, and many cities have been vying for the opportunity. Both San Francisco’s Treasure Island and Los Angeles’ Exposition Park had proposals on the table for the extensive art museum, but the museum board made their final decision for the city of Los Angeles.

 

The museum is expected to be a celebration of the art of storytelling, with exhibits ranging from vintage pieces of Americana like Norman Rockwell paintings to well-loved pieces of cinema history like film props and production sketches. In addition to contributing the major bulk of exhibits from his personal art collection, Lucas is also expected to fund the entire $1.1 billion project himself, including an additional $400 million endowment.

 

Although their search for a suitable home has led them previously to Chicago and San Francisco, the board ultimately made their decision to go with Exposition Park in LA. The museum will join several other museums and cultural facilities, as well as the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. The area is easily accessible by over 100 elementary and high schools, as well as being nearby the University of Southern California.

 

Despite a disappointing loss after a concerted effort to woo the museum, the residents and officials of San Francisco were gracious about the board’s decision. The board commended San Francisco mayor Ed Lee and his staff on the amicable process, saying “We have been humbled by the overwhelmingly positive support we received from both San Francisco and Los Angeles during our selection process.”

 

George Lucas to Build Museum in LA

George Lucas, the man responsible for the Star Wars and Indiana Jones series, will now be the driving force behind a new museum set to be built in Los Angeles. The Lucas Museum of Narrative Art is projected to bring in thousands of tourists, and millions of Angelinos will soon have a very cool place to explore in their own backyard.

 

The intended spot was originally San Francisco, but many local residents were opposed to the construction of such a massive museum in the historic Presidio Park. Lucas’s wife, Melody Hobson, is from Chicago, and the couple also considered the Windy City. They faced legal challenges there from those concerned about how the museum would affect the neighborhood.

 

People in Southern California were quite pleased to hear that the museum was going to be built in LA. The announcement was made on Tuesday, January 10. The site of the museum is in Exposition Park, and the expected date of opening is 2021.

 

The famous director is planning on donating his personal collection of artwork to the museum. He’s also the main source of funds. He will provide about $1 billion to make sure he can achieve all of his goals with this project.

 

The museum will consist of approximately 275,000 square feet of space. Lucas and his wife have accumulated about 10,000 painting and illustrations. These include works by well-known names such as Normal Rockwell. Of course, Lucas also has a vast collection of film memorabilia like items used in Star Wars and The Ten Commandments. He plans on putting these on display, and movie buffs will certainly be drawn to the museum to get a glimpse of these pieces.