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George Lucas will build his museum in Los Angeles

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The filmmaker picks LA over SF

George Lucas will build his futuristic-looking Museum of Narrative Art at Exposition Park in Los Angeles, the museum’s board of directors announced Tuesday.

The board picked LA over San Francisco, saying Exposition Park in South Los Angeles “best positions the museum to have the greatest impact on the broader community, fulfilling our goal of inspiring, engaging and educating a broad and diverse visitorship.”

“People will visit from around the world to see the original Darth Vader mask and Norman Rockwell paintings,” LA Mayor Eric Garcetti told the Los Angeles Times.

Lucas has been trying to find a location for the museum—which will include Star Wars memorabilia—for years now. In October, plans were simultaneously unveiled for Exposition Park and San Francisco’s Treasure Island.

Lucas and his wife Mellody Hobson, chairwoman of DreamWorks Animation, will pour $1 billion into the five-story, 312,000-square-foot museum, which will be located next to Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, the California Science Center, the California African American Museum, and the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County.

“As a museum uniquely focused on narrative art, we look forward to becoming part of a dynamic museum community, surrounded by more than 100 elementary and high schools, one of the country's leading universities as well as three other world-class museums,”

The San Francisco Chronicle got a good look at Lucas’ collection and wrote about it in August, saying “it may just be the core of a great museum.”

It includes an Arts of Filmmaking portion, which has storyboard drawings, set pieces, and costumes; original watercolors and illustrations from children’s books; paintings for Mad magazine covers; and Robert Crumb’s drawings of all 50 chapters of the Book of Genesis.