Museums are pretty cool. You know what’s even cooler?
A museum that is dedicated to the art of visual storytelling, in other words, movies, paintings, visual media of all kind.
And guess what? George Lucas is doing just that.
On Wednesday the famous filmmaker and creator of Star Wars broke ground in Los Angeles, officially beginning the construction process for his long-awaited museum. For years I’ve heard about the Lucas Museum, not knowing exactly what it would feature, but knowing it had to do with film and probably Star Wars. I’m happy to hear that not only will the museum have a Star Wars collection, but also feature film memorabilia from the past to the present. As a film student, this sounds like a dream and I cannot wait to visit one day.
I love the idea of being able to go to a place that has the ability to take you back into the past. Museums are modern day time machines that offer knowledge and hold artifacts from long ago. I have been lucky enough to visit a couple of museums in the past, but I have yet to visit one that focuses on filmmaking and visual narrative.
I can imagine the Lucas museum will feature all kinds of props and costumes from various Lucasfilm productions, including Indiana Jones. It makes me think of one of Jones’ most famous lines, “it belongs in a museum!” Seriously, so many people out there own really cool props, scripts, and costumes from classic films and I feel like those things belong in a museum for the whole world to see and appreciate. It’s nice to know that George will donate his collection, which includes over 10,000 paintings, illustrations, and film memorabilia.
I’m happy that George Lucas’ dream is finally coming true and I hope to be at the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art opening day in 2021!