SAN JOSE, CA – Star Wars: Where Science Meets Imagination, the blockbuster exhibition featuring one of pop culture’s most enduring science-fiction franchises, opens October 19th at The Tech, marking the final stop in the exhibition’s hugely popular 20-venue international journey.
Yoda, C-3PO, Obi-Wan Kenobi and the Dark side’s notorious Darth Vader and his dutiful corps of Stormtroopers march into the Silicon Valley museum this fall to share the science behind the epic space film series that spawned a legion of followers of the Force, Jedi Knights and the Chosen One.
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.”
The 10,000-square-foot exhibition explores 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. Visitors will be exposed to topics ranging from space travel, mechanical prosthetics, robotics, and levitation technology.
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 Revenge of the Sith, as well as the models of the X-wing and the Millennium Falcon. There are also costumes for Mace Windu, Princess Leia, Anakin Skywalker, Obi-Wan Kenobi and the Stormtroopers, and Lightsabers belonging to Luke, Obi-Wan, Darth Maul and Count Dooku.
The immersive, hands-on experience in the exhibition’s “Living on Tatooine” section features three augmented reality kiosks in which visitors interact with a simulated environment on a large screen. Visitors position physical props in order to complete tasks of increasing difficulty to build communities in the virtual environments.
Intrepid guests can hop aboard a full-size replica of the cockpit of the Millennium Falcon from Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope and take a four-and-a-half minute “ride” – with the requisite rumbling sound effects, fans, and lights – as they learn about real-world space exploration from Anthony Daniels, the voice of C-3PO.
“Since 1977, Star Wars has sparked our imaginations about science and technology,” said The Tech President Tim Ritchie. “How fitting to have the final showing of Star Wars: Where Science Meets Imagination in a place devoted to changing lives through science and wonder.”
The exhibition’s run at The Tech is the last chance to see the exhibition in its current incarnation following a tour that began in Boston in October 2005. Since then, more than two million visitors worldwide have seen Star Wars: Where Science Meets Imagination.
Tickets for the highly celebrated exhibition are on sale now.
For more information about the exhibition, go to the exhibition page
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, establishing the Silicon Valley institution as a cultural hub as well as a resource for science learning.
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.
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