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
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art?
The non-profit museum, which features a bold new architectural design, will be a one-of-a-kind gathering place to experience collections, films and exhibitions dedicated to the power of visual storytelling and the evolution of art and moving images. The museum will present original work by world renowned and emerging artists, cutting-edge digital technologies, and daily film screenings in state-of-the-art theaters, as well as extraordinary educational opportunities for students of all ages. The Lucas Museum will truly be a museum unlike any other. The facility will be designed by the award-winning architect Ma Yansong of MAD Architects.
What will the collection consist of?
The Museum collection began with a large gift from the founder, and continues to grow strategically. Already included are:
- Traditional paintings by Edgar Degas, Winslow Homer and Pierre-Auguste Renoir, as well as a broad range of original works in popular mediums such as illustration, children’s art, comic art and photography from many periods and cultures. Major holdings include a large number of works by Norman Rockwell, Maxfield Parrish, and N.C. Wyeth;
- An in-depth exploration of all facets of cinematic art and its design processes, including original concept art, storyboards, set design, props, costume and fashion, animation and visual effects;
- Ground-breaking digital technologies and media used by artists in cinema and other art forms;
- An expansive art and cinematic research library (print and digital).
Will the museum offer educational programs and connections to local schools?
The museum will be a classroom for imagination intended to explore how great stories are created and why they matter. The museum will feature public lectures and classes for all ages, hands-on workshops, after-school programs and camps, and a wide variety of additional educational opportunities. Learn more
Will the museum be built at a cost to taxpayers?
No. The museum is a gift of the Lucas family, and its construction, collection and endowment will be fully funded by Mr. Lucas and his family.
Is the museum a non-profit organization?
Yes. The museum is organized as a non-profit corporation under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. No private person, including Mr. Lucas, will receive an economic benefit from the museum’s operations or assets.
Who will be running the day-to-day operations of the museum?
Don Bacigalupi is the founding president of the museum and will build and lead the team. Dr. Bacigalupi has more than 20 years of leadership experience at some of the world’s most renowned institutions. Most recently, Bacigalupi served as the Founding President and Executive Director of Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art. Judy Kim serves as the Deputy Director. Ms. Kim was previously the Director of Affiliates and Abu Dhabi Project Operations for the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation.
Founding President of Lucas Museum of Narrative Art
President Emeritus, Northwestern University
Former U.S. Secretary of Education
President, Ariel Investments
CCO, Pixar Animation Studios & Walt Disney Animation Studios
John McCarter, Jr.
Chair, Board of Regents, Smithsonian
COO, Skywalker Properties Ltd. LLC