Los Angeles City Council Approves $1.5 Billion Lucas Museum

(courtesy of Lucas Museum of Narrative Art)
  • courtesy of Lucas Museum of Narrative Art

Star Wars creator and art collector George Lucas will finally get his museum built after years of delay when San Francisco and Chicago could not accomodate his plans.

Los Angeles City Council voted to approve the $1.5 billion Lucas Museum of Narrative Art on Tuesday. Lucas and his wife, Mellody Hobson, will foot the entire bill for the project.

The location will be Exposition Park adjacent to University of Southern California, the alma mater of Lucas, and the building has a 36-month construction timeline.

“It is the largest private gift in our city, in our state or in our nation’s history,” said Councilman Curren D. Price Jr.

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti said at the council meeting that the museum was a “new jewel that will be at the center of the crown,” also noting the 1,000 construction jobs and 350 positions it would generate for the city.

Besides Star Wars memorabilia and movie props, the museum will host interactive exhibitions and a vast collection of narrative art, from Maxfield Parrish to Norman Rockwell paintings.

In January, the Lucas Museum Board of Directors released a statement on the location, in part: "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."

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