Los Angeles, CA
Exposition Park, Los Angeles
Design Architect: Ma Yansong, MAD Architects, Beijing, China
Don Bacigalupi is the museum's founding president and an art historian.
Approximate size specs:
Underground parking to accommodate 1800 vehicles
Added green space 6–7 acres
Interior spaces: 265,000–275,000 net square feet
Galleries: 90,000–100,000 square feet
Fine dining restaurant
State-of-the-art cinematic theaters
Lecture halls of various sizes
Video conferencing for guest lectures and workshops
A 4,200-square-foot drop-in library
Several spaces available for event rental
Production quality editing classrooms
Daily film screenings
School tours and programs
Classes for all ages
On Jan. 10, 2016 acclaimed filmmaker George Lucas, creator of the “Star Wars,” "American Graffiti" and “Indiana Jones” movies, gave a nod of approval for construction of a $1 billion museum in Exposition Park, Los Angeles. Slated to open in 2020, Lucas Museum of Narrative Art will contain photography, filmmaking, storyboards, costume designs, set designs and thousands of items from movies such as Star Wars, Wizard of Oz, Casablanca and The Ten Commandments.
The Modesto-born and raised filmmaker has spent over four decades amassing a collection dedicated to the power of visual storytelling. The new museum site is across the street from Lucas' alma matter where he & his foundation made history, giving School of Cinematic Arts the largest single donation USC ever received! The Marin County resident's net worth was estimated at $5.1 billion in 2016. Lucas, 72, said that for more than 40 years the majority of his time and money were put into his company. He finds it gratifying to devote more time and resources to philanthropy now.
The Seed Collection of the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art includes 55 original drawings and paintings, and more than 700 works in Lucas' art collection. All are slated to become part of the first holdings. In the works since 2010, cities from Chicago to San Francisco were possible locations that were ruled out.