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.”