The Lucas Museum of Narrative Art has officially named Los Angeles its new home, according to a statement from the museum's board of directors released Tuesday afternoon. It had previously announced that the museum would be located in either in L.A. or San Francisco, but hadn't made a final decision.
"After extensive due diligence and deliberation, the Board of Directors of the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art is pleased to announce plans to build the museum in Exposition Park in Los Angeles," the board said in the statement.
The museum is set to house Lucas's extensive personal art collection, which includes 40,000 paintings, illustrations and film-related items.
L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti issued a statement on the museum's move to L.A., noting that the city had campaigned hard for the museum.
"Thanks to George Lucas and Mellody Hobson, millions of Angelenos and visitors will enjoy an extraordinary collection anchored in storytelling — an art that carries so much meaning in the history and legacy of Los Angeles," Garcetti said in the statement.
The board thanked both cities for their efforts and patience.
"While each location offers many unique and wonderful attributes, South Los Angeles’s Promise Zone best positions the museum to have the greatest impact on the broader community, fulfilling our goal of inspiring, engaging and educating a broad and diverse visitorship," the board stated.
The board cited the more than 100 elementary and high schools nearby, as well as the proximity of USC and three other museums, as being among the reasons it finally settled in South L.A.
In his statement, Garcetti talked up the attractions that will now be centered in the Exposition Park neighborhood.
"[The Lucas Museum of Narrative Art's] presence here means that a day at Exposition Park will soon bring unrivaled opportunities to be immersed in stories told on canvas and celluloid, be moved by the richness of African-American history and expression, be awed by the wonders of science and the natural world, take a journey to the world of space exploration, and sit in the stands for a world-class sporting event," Garcetti stated.