Four cranes are standing tall in Exposition Park, as the steel framework begins to take shape for the $1-billion Lucas Museum of Narrative Art.


The five-story museum is the legacy project of American filmmaker George Lucas, who is best known for creating the Star Wars and Indiana Jones franchises. The 300,000-square-foot building will house exhibition space for Lucas' 100,000-piece collection of paintings, sculptures, photographs, comic art, illustrations, and other forms of art related to movies. The facility will also contain a library, two theaters, two restaurants, classrooms and office space.

The futuristic structure is being designed by Chinese architect Ma Yansong. The project will also feature open space on terrace levels atop the museum and 11 acres of green space surrounding the spaceship-like building. 

The Lucas Museum is expected to complete construction in late 2021. 

Los Angeles is gaining another major museum destination soon, with the nearly-finished Academy Museum of Motion Pictures set to open on December 14, 2020.