L.A. Lands George Lucas’ Star Wars Museum
After months of nail biting, we finally have a conclusion to the latest George Lucas saga. The City of Los Angeles will become home to the long anticipated, $1 billion Star Wars Museum, having beaten rival San Francisco to the punch.
The museum—which will feature pop art and other Star Wars memorabilia—was originally slated for Chicago, but Lucas ran into major opposition from open space advocates there. Since then, L.A.’s Exposition Park and San Francisco’s Treasure Island have been locked in a fierce competition for the coveted spot in Lucas’ heart.
At one point, it really seemed as though San Francisco would rule the day. That all changed with Tuesday’s announcement.
“It feels like this incredible gift has come home,” said Mayor Eric Garcetti. “I always thought Los Angeles was the natural place to spread the vision of George Lucas and [his wife] Mellody Hobson, to make art and creativity accessible and inspirational to the next generation. It’s a natural place to have this museum in the creative capital of the world and in the geographic center of the city. It’s a banner day for L.A.”