This is the first museum of its kind, with an unprecedented collection that features fine art and popular art from illustration to comics, an insider’s perspective on the cinematic creative process and the boundless potential of the digital medium. We are a museum unlike any other.
The Lucas Museum will be a barrier free museum where artificial divisions between “high” art and “popular” art are absent, allowing you to explore a wide array of compelling visual storytelling. Visitors who might be less inclined to visit a traditional fine art museum will be invited to engage with and relate to art forms they recognize and love.
We celebrate narrative art in its many forms
The Lucas Museum will celebrate the power of visual storytelling in a setting focused on narrative painting, illustration, photography, film, animation and digital art.
Narrative art is all about stories, and the moments in those stories captured by the artists. We invite you to experience those stories with us.
We will challenge the way you think about museums
One visit may change not only the way you think about museums but what you think art is. You’re already familiar with narrative art, because it’s the art that tells the stories you love. Our collection features the original, artist-made creations, from sketches to storyboards to sets and costumes from movies. And we showcase narrative art in paintings, illustrations, comic art, photography and many other media. We’re asking you to take another look at that art with us, and appreciate it for the artistry in the storytelling.
We also invite you to explore the lineage of narrative art, so you can see what art inspired today’s work and artists.
We will introduce you to new films and filmmakers
Cinema is the most visible narrative art form of the 20th and 21st centuries. The Lucas Museum will present daily screenings of films ranging from legendary historic features to the latest and most innovative projects today. We will also present a lecture series featuring the most inventive and intriguing filmmakers of our time.
We will make education and access a priority
Our programming and education will make pioneering use of our one-of-a-kind collection.
The Lucas Museum will provide multiple opportunities for hands-on engaging educational experiences for all ages and curriculum-based learning for students. You will be able to experiment in many artistic processes, from painting to pre-professional cinema techniques.
Providing free and affordable access and engaging educational opportunities to youth is central to our mission. Special tours, talks, workshops and screenings will be tailored to serve the curriculum of students from grammar school to college age.
Collection and Education Programming will include:
- Collection presentations
- Temporary exhibitions
- Daily film screenings
- Film premieres
- Public lectures
- Hands-on workshops
- School tours and programs
- Classes for all ages
- Campus-wide festivals
Founding President of Lucas Museum of Narrative Art
President Emeritus, Northwestern University
CFO, Ekahi Aloha LLC
Former U.S. Secretary of Education
Chair, Friedman Fleischer & Lowe
President, Ariel Investments
CCO, Pixar Animation Studios & Walt Disney Animation Studios
John McCarter, Jr.
Chair, Board of Regents, Smithsonian
Founder, Chairman & CIO, Osterweis Capital Management
COO, Skywalker Properties Ltd. LLC