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?

John McCarter is the interim president of the museum. Mr. McCarter has extensive experience in the museum arena. He currently serves on the Smithsonian Institution’s Board of Regents. From 2015 to 2018, he served as chair and was responsible for overseeing the Smithsonian’s 19 museums. Mr. McCarter is also a life trustee and president emeritus of the Field Museum. During his 16-year tenure, Mr. McCarter oversaw a major expansion of the Field Museum and a significant increase in the scope of its research activities. 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.

Lucas Museum of Narrative Art