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George Lucas’ $1B museum will rise in Exposition Park

La La Land chosen over both San Francisco and Chicago
January 11, 2017 08:30AM

A rendering of the museum in Exposition Park

The Millennium Falcon is preparing for landing in Los Angeles.

George Lucas will build a $1 billion museum in Exposition Park, its board of directors announced Tuesday. The news follows months of suspense as a site for the project on San Francisco’s Treasure Island was also considered.

Designed by Chinese architect Ma Yansong, the five-story Museum of Narrative Art will span 312,000 square feet. It will rise next to Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, the California Science Center, the California African American Museum and the Natural History Museum.

The development will feature the director’s vast personal collection of art, including about 10,000 works by Norman Rockwell, N.C. Wyeth and R. Crumb. It will also exhibit memorabilia from his films.

Exposition Park “best positions the museum to have the greatest impact on the broader community,” the museum’s board said in a statement.

The museum has been 10 years in the making. Lucas first had his eyes on the San Francisco site (his hometown) and then Chicago (his wife’s hometown), but faced local opposition for both sites. [Curbed] [Chicago Tribune] — Cathaleen Chen