‘Star Wars’ exhibit coming to Indiana State Museum
By Lisa DeNeal Post-Tribune correspondent April 5, 2013 11:22AM
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If You Go
What: “Star Wars: Where Science Meets Imagination.”
Where: Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites, 650 Washington Street, Indianapolis, IN.
When: May 25-Sept. 2, 2013. Hours are Mon-Sat. 10 a.m.- 5p.m., Sunday, 11 a.m.- 5 p.m.
Tickets: $10 per person, plus general museum admission for non-members (adults, $9.50; seniors, $8.50; children $5). Separate admission for The Millenium Falcon Interactive Experience is $5. Visit www.indianamuseum.org for ticket purchases and additional information.
Updated: May 8, 2013 6:07AM
“The Force” will be at Indiana State Museum with a massive exhibit, “Star Wars: Where Science Meets Imagination,” promising to not only entertain, but educate many fans of the iconic films and fans of science, technology, engineering and math.
Indiana State Museum director of media and public relations Bruce L. Williams said the summer exhibit, opening at midnight May 25, will collaborate the iconic “Star Wars” films and the science and technology behind them, with the research that could lead to real-life versions of the technologies seen the in the films. The exhibit will feature props and costumes from all six “Star Wars” films. “Star Wars: Where Science Meets Imagination” was developed by the Museum of Science Boston and Lucasfilm Ltd. All “Star Wars” objects in the exhibition are on loan from the Archives of Lucasfilm Ltd.
“This will be the longest exhibit and largest collection of props and costumes from ‘Star Wars,’ ” Williams said, adding the exhibition will fill 9,200 square feet.
“Each exhibit will focus on various areas of science, including Robots and People, Medical Technologies, Adapting to the Environment, Transportation and more. We will have C3P0 and other artifacts and characters at the exhibit,” he continued. Williams added that all of the exhibition will be kid-friendly and celebrate the wonders of science.
A separate part of the exhibition is the “Millennium Falcon Interactive Experience,” with a full-size replica of the Millennium Falcon from Episode IV that will be on a second level at the museum. The Experience will provide a “jump to light speed” for small groups of visitors at a time. “That experience will last 4½ minutes,” Williams said.
Exhibition coordinator Traci Cromwell said this may be the last time the “Star Wars” traveling exhibition will be in the Midwest. It’s last appearance was 2008 in Chicago.
“We like doing blockbuster events at the Indiana State Museum. Our last blockbuster exhibit was ‘Lord of the Rings,’ so we felt this would be phenomenal for ‘Star Wars’ fans,” she said.
Major events will also kick off the exhibition’s opening including 500 Star Wars legions in costume participating in the Indy 500 parade. Plans are under way to have 500 marching band members play the music from “Star Wars.” A visit from 200 of 6,000 members of the First Legion will also make an appearance May 24 dressed in costume.
“We will also have a summer camp for children ages 9-12. We are extremely excited about this exhibit and are sure the visitors will be just as excited,” she said.