After four years of struggling to find a location, #GeorgeLucas has finally found a home for his $1.5 billion museum. The Lucas Museum of Narrative Art will feature Lucas' own extensive private art collection, as well as a showcase of unique creations catered more to the everyday movie-fanatic than your typical art buff.
Lucas had recently abandoned his intended site of Chicago after years of opposition from locals, instead turning his attention to two of the Californian cities he had originally considered. Fed up with the whole negotiation process, he allowed the Los Angeles and San Francisco to battle it out— and Los Angeles came out on top.
Why Los Angeles?
The museum board issued a statement on their decision, which was apparently not an easy one to make:
"We have been humbled by the overwhelmingly positive support we received from both San Francisco and Los Angeles during our selection process. Settling on a location proved to be an extremely difficult decision precisely because of the desirability of both sites and cities".
It's easy to see why the decision was so difficult. Lucas was spoiled for choice when it came to a location for his new project. As Lucas' current home, San Francisco was penned as the likely choice, and the prospect of being able to build on the city's very own Treasure Island seemed like an offer too good to pass up.
However, Lucas instead went with a large area in LA's Exposition Park, which is currently occupied by a carpark. Construction is expected to cost a whopping $1 billion— which Lucas is confident of financing entirely on his own. That's good news for LA taxpayers!
According to their official statement, the LA location "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".
What To Expect
The Lucas Museum of Narrative Art isn't just going to be one big Star Wars tribute. It will host an array of attractions dedicated to both historical and contemporary narrative art. As it stands, the museum is expected to boast the following features:
- Upwards of 90,000 feet of gallery space
- 6-7 acres of added green space
- Daily film screenings
- Educational facilities
- State-of-the art studio editing suites
- A fine dining restaurant
- A 4,200 square foot library
All that's left to do is build the thing— which will hopefully go a bit smoother than development in Chicago!
What do you think of the official location for The Lucas Museum of Narrative Art?
(Source: Slash Film)