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Chewbacca: Han Solo’s First Mate Will Leave The Tech Museum of Innovation

Chewie bids farewell on journey to the Smithsonian, new arrival of iconic figure debuts on exhibition tour
Press Release Date 
Thursday, December 12, 2013
SAN JOSE, CAStar Wars®: Where Science Meets Imagination will say goodbye to one of the greatest heroes the galaxy has ever known – Chewbacca, defender of Kashyyyk and the most loyal Wookiee you’ll ever meet – as he leaves The Tech and ventures into a galaxy far, far away.
Our favorite “walking carpet” and Wookiee warrior is spending his last month at The Tech before leaving to prepare for his next assignment with the Smithsonian on January 16, 2014. This is the last chance to see the ever-so-furry and ever-so-wise Chewie up close before he leaves the 20th and final stop of the popular international exhibition.
Chewie’s departure marks the arrival of another iconic figure in the epic Star Wars franchise. For this special occasion, the Lucas Cultural Arts Museum will dig deep within their archives to present this mysterious character for its debut on the exhibition tour. The secret will be unveiled January 16, 2014. 
Star Wars®: Where Science Meets Imagination, presented by Bose Corporation®, continues through February 23, 2014. The immersive blockbuster exhibition features one of pop culture's most successful science fiction franchises with more than 80 authentic costumes, models and props from all 6 Star Wars films including fan favorites like Darth Vader, Yoda, R2-D2, and many more.
This interactive science and technology exhibition covers space travel, robotics, and magnetic levitation. Fans and visitors can also engage in hands-on engineering design labs where they defy gravity, engineer Droids, and manipulate robots.
Fearless guests can also take Chewie’s seat as co-pilot on the Millennium Falcon Experience, a full-size replica of the cockpit of the famous starship from Star Wars®: Episode IV A New Hope. Narrated by Anthony Daniels, the voice of C-3PO, this four-and-a-half-minute presentation explores real-world space exploration in a breathtaking journey to the edge of the universe.  The Millennium Falcon Experience is an additional fee and seats are extremely limited.
Tickets for the highly celebrated exhibition are on sale now.
For more information about the exhibition, go to
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.
Michelle Tran
Public Relations Specialist
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 PlanetariumMugar 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; andUndiscovered Worlds: The Search Beyond Our Sun was recognized as the "Best Immersive—Fulldome Program" by the Jackson Hole Science Media Awards. Visit
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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 premiere 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.