Lucas Museum Plans to Build in Los Angeles
For quite some time, the question has been asked, Los Angeles or San Francisco for the home of George Lucas’ $1 billion Museum of Narrative Art? ┬áOn Tuesday, the board of directors announced their decision to build the museum in Los Angeles.
ÔÇťAfter extensive due diligence and deliberation, the Board of Directors of the Lucas Museum of┬áNarrative Art is pleased to announce plans to build the museum in Exposition Park in Los Angeles. We┬áhave been humbled by the overwhelmingly positive support we received from both San Francisco and┬áLos Angeles during our selection process. Settling on a location proved to be an extremely difficult┬ádecision precisely because of the desirability of both sites and cities.
“While each location offers many unique and wonderful┬áattributes, South Los AngelesÔÇÖs Promise Zone best positions the museum to have the greatest impact on┬áthe broader community, fulfilling our goal of inspiring, engaging and educating a broad and diverse┬ávisitorship. Exposition Park is a magnet for the region and accessible from all parts of the city. As a┬ámuseum uniquely focused on narrative art, we look forward to becoming part of a dynamic museum┬ácommunity, surrounded by more than 100 elementary and high schools, one of the country’s leading┬áuniversities as well as three other world-class museums.”
Once you step inside the Museum, youÔÇÖll feel that youÔÇÖve been transported to another world filled with stories for exploration. Both futuristic and timeless, the Museum will feature experiences that enhance your visit, designed to be your guide on your journey through the collection. Visitors from around the world will enjoy the many amenities at the Lucas Museum. ┬áThe museum will include a fine dining restaurant, cinematic theaters, museum store and much more.
Building the new museum in Exposition Park will add another feature to the already growing area┬áthat currently houses the┬áCalifornia Science Center, Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County and┬áthe California African American Museum. ┬áPlus, the area is easily accessible by Metro’s Expo Line, thus reducing overall vehicle traffic in the coming years.
- The site of the new museum will be in Exposition Park (currently parking lots 2 and┬á3)
- A new underground parking garage will be build to house approximately 1,800 vehicles
- The project is estimated to add 6-7 acres of green space and the building will be approximately 275,000 sf
- The Design Architect is Ma Yansong of MAD Architects in Beijing, China
- Ground breaking is expected by the end of the year and the museum grand opening is planned for 2021
For more details, visit the Lucas Museum.