California Museums


Lucas Museum of Narrative Art

Expected Opening in 2020

Exposition Park
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


Expected amenities:
Fine dining restaurant
State-of-the-art cinematic theaters
Museum store
Casual café
Lecture halls of various sizes
Digital classrooms
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

Anticipated programs:
Collection presentations
Temporary exhibitions
Daily film screenings
Film premieres
Public lectures
Hands-on workshops
School tours and programs
Classes for all ages
Campus-wide festivals

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.

Annual American Graffiti Festivals takes place in Modesto and Petaluma .

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.

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