The Lucas Museum of Narrative Art, the latest brainchild of famous film director George Lucas, will open in Chicago by 2018. A museum dedicated to his works of art and filled with movie memorabilia has been long awaited by fans and Lucas has finally chosen Chicago as its location.
George Lucas explains in a written statement that he hopes the museum will open in 2018.
“I am humbled to be joining such an extraordinary museum community and to be creating the museum in a city that has a long tradition of embracing the arts.”
The plan is for the museum to be located on the lakefront, nearby other tourist attractions like the Shedd Aquarium and the Field Museum of Natural History. While no specific details were given about the collection that will no doubt be donated by George Lucas to the museum, but you can bet it will get Star Wars fans excited from all over the world and inspired to book flights to Chicago to check it out.
The museum’s website however is already online. You can check it out at lucasmuseum.org. It explains here that the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art will be a “gathering place to experience narrative art and the evolution of moving images.” The main part of the museum’s collection will be donated by Lucas and is likely to include some of his personal momentos from the films as well as part of his extensive collection of American art by painters like Norman Rockwell.
Chicago couldn’t be happier at the director’s choice, given his obvious ties to California’s Bay area. The mayor of Chicago, Rahm Emanuel said,
“George Lucas has revolutionised the art of storytelling over the last four decades and we are honoured to be the recipient of this incredible legacy investment that will allow everyone to learn about and experience narrative arts.”
It’s true that no other museum like this will exist in the world and it will certainly be a major draw for not only film enthusiasts but art lovers as well. Planning a trip to Chicago? Check out our post How to: experience Chicago for FREE.