George Lucas’ $1b Museum of Narrative Art ready 2025

The Lucas Museum of Narrative Art announced on Tuesday that the institution, which is now under construction in Los Angeles’s Exposition Park, will open in 2025, The Wrap reports.

The report says Sandra Jackson-Dumont, director and CEO of the museum, shared the “significant progress” already made on the five-story, 300,000-square-foot building, which will be surrounded by a park and gardens on its 11-acre campus.

She also told The Hollywood Reporter that the museum, which will include two 299-seat movie theaters, will house the Lucasfilm archive.

In 2017, Los Angeles won the location sweepstakes over San Francisco for George Lucas’ one-of-a-kind museum, which will house art from films including Lucas’ own Star Wars, as well as photography, Renaissance paintings, and ancient Roman mosaics. When construction began in 2018, it was expected to open in 2022, then was delayed to 2023.

“It’s humbling and energizing to see how all aspects of this new public resource are taking shape,” said Jackson-Dumont in a statement on the museum’s site.

The main building, shaped to resemble a tree’s canopy, is designed by Ma Yansong of MAD Architects with Michael Siegel of Stantec as executive architect. The Lucas Museum’s park and gardens, designed by Mia Lehrer of Studio-MLA, will provide an “expansive, multilayered experience fully integrated with the building.”

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