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The Force is Strong With This One: STAR WARS®: Where Science Meets Imagination to Open Saturday at The Tech Museum of Innovation

Final Stop for Famed Exhibition After 20-Venue International Journey

Press Release Date 
Tuesday, 15 October, 2013
SAN JOSE, CA – An exhibition of cosmic proportions opens Saturday when the storied characters, imposing space vessels and Jedi™-worthy weaponry from the legendary Star Wars films appear for an out-of-this-world experience at The Tech. 
 
Star Wars®: Where Science Meets Imagination invites guests to journey into a galaxy far, far away to learn about science and technology, exploring the futuristic technologies depicted in the Star Wars films, the real science behind them and the research that might someday lead to real-life versions of the technologies seen in the series.
 
The 10,000-square-foot exhibition, seen by more than 2.8 million people in 19 locations around the globe, marks its final stop at The Tech.
 
Star Wars®: Where Science Meets Imagination brings to life the innovation and magic of one of pop culture’s most successful film franchises. The expansive exhibition includes an impressive number of authentic props, costumes and models from all six Star Wars films, including the Yoda puppet, C-3PO, R2-D2, the Chewbacca costume, the three-section Darth Vader helmet from Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith, as well as the models of the X-wing and the Millennium Falcon™.
 
Star Wars creator George Lucas said, “I'm happy that Star Wars can help to educate people about technology in an entertaining way. Technological innovation and filmmaking have a lot in common; they both begin with imagination and creativity.”
 
Visitors will be exposed to immersive, hands-on experiences and to topics ranging from space travel, mechanical prosthetics, robotics, and levitation technology. Fans of the series will quickly recognize the Millennium Falcon™ experience from Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope. The full-size replica of the cockpit gives guests the opportunity to experience a virtual jump to lightspeed as they learn about real-world space exploration from Anthony Daniels, the actor who portrayed C-3PO.
 
Alongside the run of the exhibition, the museum will also host a variety of special events such as exciting lectures, “Jedi™ Nights,” where guests will dress in costume or tinker with Star Wars-themed art, science and technology, or gear up for the Jedi™ Academy, where visitors can test their Star Wars IQ as they navigate a variety of galactic experiences.
 
“The Star Wars saga represents ground-breaking film making and a novel story line that has delighted countless fans for generations,” said museum president Tim Ritchie. “Small wonder, then, that the exhibition has, at long last, come back to the home of innovation: Silicon Valley.”
 
Tickets for the highly celebrated exhibition are on sale now.
For more information about the exhibition, go to http://www.thetech.org/plan-your-visit/special-exhibitions/STAR-WARS#Ove...
 
The Tech has hosted many acclaimed traveling exhibitions, including Leonardo: 500 Years into the Future, BODY WORLDS 2 & the Three Pound Gem, Star Trek: The Exhibition and Genghis Khan: The Exhibition, in addition to creating a variety of original sci-tech experiences, reinforcing the Silicon Valley institution as a resource for innovation and inspiration.
 
Star Wars®:Where Science Meets Imagination, presented by Bose Corporation®, was developed by Boston’s Museum of Science in collaboration with Lucasfilm Ltd. and the exhibition makes use of an extensive archive collection on loan from the Lucas Cultural Arts Museum.
 
Lucasfilm, the Lucasfilm logo, STAR WARS and related properties are trademarks and/or copyrights, in the United States and other countries, of Lucasfilm Ltd. and/or its affiliates. TM & © 2013 Lucasfilm Ltd. All rights reserved. All other trademarks and trade names are properties of their respective owners.
 
This material is based upon work supported by a grant from the National Science Foundation under Grant No. 0307875. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.

Contact
Roqua Montez
Director of Public Relations
1-408-795-6225
rmontez@thetech.org
 
Michelle Tran
Public Relations Specialist
1-408-795-6321
mtran@thetech.org

About The Tech Museum of Innovation
The Tech is a hands-on technology and science museum for people of all ages and backgrounds. The museum—located in the Capital of Silicon Valley —is a non-profit, experiential learning resource established to engage people in exploring and experiencing applied technologies affecting their lives. Through programs such as The Tech Challenge presented by Cisco, our annual team-design competition for youth, and internationally renowned program to honor technology benefiting humanity, The Tech Awards presented by Applied Materials, The Tech endeavors to inspire the innovator in everyone. 
 
About the Museum of Science, Boston
One of the world's largest science centers and Boston's most attended cultural institution, the Museum introduces about 1.5 million visitors a year to science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) via dynamic programs and hundreds of interactive exhibits. Founded in 1830, the Museum was first to embrace all the sciences under one roof. Highlights include the Thomson Theater of Electricity, Charles Hayden Planetarium, Mugar Omni Theater, Gordon Current Science & Technology Center, 3-D Digital Cinema and Butterfly Garden. Reaching 25,000 teens a year worldwide via the Intel Computer Clubhouse Network, the Museum also leads a 10-year, $41 million National Science Foundation-funded Nanoscale Informal Science Education Network of science museums. The Museum’s "Science Is an Activity" exhibit plan has been awarded many NSF grants and influenced science centers worldwide. Its National Center for Technological Literacy®'s engineering curricula have reached more than 47,000 teachers and 4 million students nationwide. The Museum has also: been recognized by Boston and Cambridge for its energy and sustainability efforts; named an Employer of Choice by Work Without Limits, a Massachusetts disability employment initiative; is Yankee Magazine's "Best of New England Readers' Choice" for Cultural Attraction in Science; is El Planeta's Best Tourist Attraction for the Massachusetts Latino population; and Undiscovered Worlds: The Search Beyond Our Sun was recognized as the "Best Immersive—Fulldome Program" by the Jackson Hole Science Media Awards. Visit http://www.mos.org.
Follow the Museum of Science on Twitter at @MuseumOfScience or Facebook at facebook.com/museumofscience.
 
About the Lucas Cultural Arts Museum
The Lucas Cultural Arts Museum will be a first-of-its kind institution, designed to serve as the country’s premier venue for understanding the connections and lineage of illustrative and visual art. Conceived by George Lucas, the museum is based on the filmmaker’s passion for education and the role art can play in inspiring young people. The museum will offer state-of-the-art facilities and unparalleled programming for children, families, schools, scholars, and visiting artists. The Lucas Cultural Arts Museum’s collection ranges from fine art to animation, from fashion to cinematic design and is comprised of works of the great masters of the Golden Age of Illustration through today’s digital artists, showing the ways culture is reflected in the popular art of any given time.