On Tuesday the Los Angeles City Council voted unanimously to approve George Lucas’ Museum of Narrative Art. News broke earlier in the year that Lucas was considering Los Angeles as the future home for his museum. The Museum will house Lucas’ extensive collection of art and film memorabilia. Lucas had also considered locates in San Francisco, his hometown, and wife Mellody Hobson’s hometown of Chicago.
The museum is set to cost $1 billion, with the costs borne almost entirely by Lucas. Groundbreaking is estimated for early next year, with a 36-month construction timeline and an opening set for sometime in 2021.
Lucas told reporters, “The goal of the museum is to inspire people to think outside the box, to imagine whatever you want to imagine, to help build on the myths that help bind our city and our people together, and that is what I am hoping to do here.”
Among Lucas’ notable collection expected to be on display at the museum are “Luke Skywalker’s first light saber, Darth Vader’s helmet and items from the movies “Casablanca,” “The Ten Commandments” and “The Wizard of Oz.”