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George Lucas Museum gets go ahead from L.A. City Council

A groundbreaking $1.5 billion museum honoring George Lucas and narrative film will soon be able to have its groundbreaking in Los Angeles now that the city council has approved its construction. The futuristic spaceship looking design will find a home near the campus of USC, Lucas’ alma mater, in Exposition Park. Ma Yansong of MAD Architects created the design.

Construction will take approximately 3 years and expected to begin early next year. When finished the five story museum will be a centerpiece for a growing arts and museum district in downtown Los Angeles. The area could also be featured in Los Angeles is awarded either the 2024 or 2028 Summer Olympics (one seems very likely).

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti helped arrange the arrival of the museum which will be a huge boon for the city.

“People come to Los Angeles from all over the world to be inspired by art, and to see things they have only imagined become real through storytelling,” said Garcetti. “The Lucas Museum of Narrative Art will add another world-class institution to our city’s cultural landscape, and bring a breathtaking architectural jewel to Exposition Park. I am proud to have worked with George Lucas and Mellody Hobson to bring this incredible gift to Los Angeles — and I applaud the City Council for voting to approve a gem for South L.A. that will touch the lives of Angelenos and visitors for generations to come.”

The project will help boost the local economy employing thousands of construction workers and eventually full time jobs for around 350.

Fans of the Star Wars mogul’s movies can expect to find much of his personal collection along with other Hollywood memorabilia. Will you plan a visit?