Courtesy of Lucasfilm:
The phenomenally popular Star Wars: Where Science Meets Imagination
exhibition opens in Los Angeles on Feb. 11. It’s an engaging, unique
and illuminating showcase of the scientific principles behind the Star
Wars movies. To date, nearly 700,000 people have visited the exhibit
since it debuted in Boston. This is the first time the exhibit has
visited Los Angeles (and California!) and the California Science Center
expects sold-out crowds.
Acclaimed Star Wars: Where Science Meets Imagination Journeys to Los
Popular Exploration of the Reality and Fantasy of Star Wars Opens
Two-Month California Run February 11
LOS ANGELES – Continuing the Star Wars Saga’s yearlong 30th-anniversary
celebration, the phenomenally popular Star Wars: Where Science Meets
Imagination debuts Feb. 11 at the California Science Center, where it
runs through April 29.
Developed by the Museum of Science, Boston, in collaboration with
Lucasfilm Ltd., the exhibit explores the boundaries of fantasy and
reality that can be seen in the six movies of the Star Wars Saga,
revealing intriguing similarities between the thinking of scientists and
filmmakers. Since its October 2005 debut, the exhibition has attracted
nearly 700,000 visitors at museums in Boston; Columbus, Ohio; and
The Los Angeles presentation of Star Wars: Where Science Meets
Imagination will be a limited-time engagement and closes one month
before tens of thousands of Star Wars fans convene for Celebration IV, a
five-day gathering of Star Wars fans from around the globe at the Los
Angeles Convention Center.
Could humanoid robots and vehicles that hover above ground, once limited
only to the fantasy worlds of Star Wars, become a reality? The
10,000-square-foot exhibit explores the imaginary technologies in George
Lucas’s adventure saga and compares them to real-world technologies that
shape our future today. Visitors will discover how ideas become
technologies in real life through hands-on exhibits, immersive
experiences and cutting-edge innovations.
Star Wars: Where Science Meets Imagination is presented by Bose
Corporation with support from the National Science Foundation and is
sponsored regionally by Northrop Grumman. It is the first exhibition to
display costumes and props from all six Star Wars movies alongside
real-world technologies. Also included are extensive video interviews
with filmmakers, scientists and engineers; and hands-on components,
including two large Engineering Design Labs, where visitors can build
and test their own speeders and robots.
“We are expecially pleased to present Star Wars: Where
Science Meets Imagination,” notes Ken Phillips, California Science
Center Curator of Aerospace Science, “because it gives visitors
first-hand exposure to the incredible innovations of the Star Wars
movies while inviting them to design technologies of the future.”
Phillips also notes, “Visitors will be able to explore how current
science research may one day lead to real-world versions of many Star
Wars fantasy technologies.”
Star Wars creator George Lucas said, “I’m happy that Star Wars can help
educate people about technology in an entertaining way. Technological
innovation and filmmaking have a lot in common: They both begin with
imagination and creativity.”
There are two major thematic areas within the exhibit:
“Getting Around” focuses on transportation in the movies as well as new
and future modes of travel. Visitors will be able to view Luke
Skywalker’s Landspeeder from Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope, climb
into a real-world hovercraft and levitate, and explore how one would
build a maglev car in the Design Lab.
“Robots and People” looks at the relationship between robots and humans
on screen and in the real world. After seeing displays of Star Wars
robots like C-3PO and R2-D2, visitors can try to build a droid,
exploring such areas as robot mobility, perception and cognition. Robot
enthusiasts can try to make a robot walk, test a robot that balances on
two wheels, and design facial expressions for an emotional robot.
In total, the exhibition features more than 100 Star Wars artifacts and
real-world technologies, 17 videos and 21 interactive exhibits. Original
film-artifact highlights include models of the Millennium Falcon, Luke’s
landspeeder, a sandcrawler, a Naboo starfighter, an AT-TE walker, and
Queen Amidala’s Naboo Royal Starship.
Costumes from many of the Star Wars worlds demonstrate how the
environment shaped the look of the Star Wars characters. Some of the
colorful costumes on display include Wookiees from Kashyyyk; Obi-Wan
Kenobi, Anakin Skywalker and Yoda from Coruscant; a snowtrooper from
Hoth; and a Jawa from Tatooine.
ADMISSION INFORMATION: Admission to the Science Center and Star Wars:
Where Science Meets Imagination is free. However, a strong demand is
anticipated. Priority admission will be extended to IMAX ticket
purchasers and California Science Center members. All others will be
admitted on based on availability and capacity. Admission to the exhibit
cannot be guaranteed, particularly during peak hours. For more detailed
information and helpful tips for planning a visit, please go to
The Millennium Falcon “Jump to Lightspeed Experience” is an additional
attraction that features a multimedia presentation from the Hubble space
telescope’s breathtaking journey to the “edge” of the universe.
Featuring a proprietary sound system from Bose Corporation, the
recreated cockpit debuts the technologies of 3Space(tm) audio systems,
providing visitors with a realistic, three-dimensional audio experience.
The Millennium Falcon experience is separate from the exhibit, with an
admission charge of $2 per person