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BREAKING! Los Angeles Selected As Home Of Lucas Museum of Narrative Art

The Lucas Museum of Narrative Art, whose struggles to find a suitable home we highlighted yesterday, just announced this afternoon that they have reached a deal to come to downtown Los Angeles.

The $1.5 billion museum, funded entirely by Star Wars creator George Lucas, and dedicated to illustration, comics, film, animation, and other forms of narrative art, will be built in downtown L.A.’s Exposition Park.

Here is the official statement from the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art’s board of directors:

After extensive due diligence and deliberation, the Board of Directors of the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art is pleased to announce plans to build the museum in Exposition Park in Los Angeles. 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.”

“South Los Angeles’s Promise Zone 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,” the museum board explained further. “As a museum uniquely focused on narrative art, we look forward to becoming part of a dynamic museum community, surrounded by more than 100 elementary and high schools, one of the country’s leading universities as well as three other world-class museum. Now we turn our attention to finalizing the details and building what we believe will be one of the most imaginative and inclusive art museums in the world—a global destination that all Angelenos and Californians will be proud to call their own.”

The university to which the statement refers to is the University of Southern California, which is Lucas’s alma mater.

Proposed design for the Lucas museum in Los Angeles' Exposition Park.
Proposed design for the Lucas museum in Los Angeles’ Exposition Park.
  • Elsi Pote

    I guess I’m going back to Cali despite of the urine smelling- anything goes LA subway (because you have to be half insane to own a car on that side of the country).

    Way to go San Fran, you not only ruined pizza but robbed yourself of having a serious geek mecca (which Disney might end up buying due its incapacity to grow outside the princesses franchise).

    • Pedro Nakama

      Of course you’ll have to take the subway. Can you imagine how much it’s going to cost to park your land speeder there?

      • Mirrorworld

        It’s a private rich guy museum like The Getty so parking will cost $15 but entry will be free.

    • cartoonguy

      Uh? Everyone I know owns a car over here… and I’ve never gone to those museums and not just parked on a side street.

    • urbanleadership

      Disney bought LucasFilm from George Lucas in 2012 and so we have new and future Star Wars and Indiana Jones films. They’ve already expanded outside princesses with their purchases (Marvel, Pixar) and film choices (Disney Animation: Wreck-It-Ralph, Big Hero 6, Zootopia). If you’re referring to the museum, Disney is not in the museum business.

  • steepertree

    It’s going to be a challenge. L.A. is packed with museums already, making for a very competitive market. The Lucas (I’ll bet they will be calling it that for short even before it opens) will stand or fall on how well it presents and organizes its collection. A flashy building will not save second-rate curating. Time to get hiring, and hire the best, George!

  • aarett

    i wouldn’t consider Exposition park downtown, but this is great news! it is right by USC (Lucas’ school) the Natural History Museum, Science Center and a metro rail station with a line running to Santa Monica and Downtown! from the map it looks like it’s taking over the space of a current parking lot.

  • Michael Howe

    I will admit, I was surprised they chose Los Angeles!

    My first thought was San Francisco, given Lucas has called the bay area his home. However, in going over the plans of both museums, I think I realize why he and his group chose Los Angeles.

    While San Francisco would have a more open area, and give him a waterfront space, he would in a sense be isolated.

    Whereas in Los Angeles, even though there would not be a more natural surrounding, the museum would be within walking distance of several other museums, which was what he wanted originally with the likes of the Chicago placement near the Museum Campus. Of course, most just said, ‘no, put your weird paper towel Star Wars thingy in some neighborhood and revitalize it like a good theme park.’

    Still, one hopes there isn’t some non-profit in LA that will raise a stink about the parking lot this museum will take up.

  • Mister Twister

    As Bruce Moreland once said, “It’s so wicked in LA”.

    Quite 100% out of context by the way :P

  • Too Many Cooks

    Aw. I was hoping it would be somewhere that doesn’t already have an obvious connection to the film industry.