When I was a child, I loved the Star Wars films. Having been born mere days before the original film came out, I quite literally grew up with it. I loved the movies, the toys, the cartoons, and even the Ewok television movies. You know the drill, with the wrapping paper tubes as our lightsabers, playing with the action figures alongside our GI Joes and Transformers, and generally just running around pretending we’re shooting Stormtroopers. Never once did we think in the next 30 years, some of the stuff we’d see in those films might actually become real.
Fast forward to yesterday, when I had a chance to visit the Media Preview of the “Star Wars: Where Science Meets Imagination” exhibit at the Indiana State Museum. I’m going to be honest with you, I’m sure there is a lot of great stuff comparing the tech in the films to real life tech that we have now. I’m sure that, had I payed attention to our wonderful hostess, I would have picked up on the sections of the exhibit. However, I am a geek. I am a Star Wars geek. I have never had a chance to visit The Magic of Myth, or this exhibit in California when I was out there. Here I am, on my first “assignment” for the blog where I have a legitimate pass as a member of the media, and what’s going through my head?
“The Millennium Falcon is RIGHT THERE!” Now, insert that thought to almost EVERY iconic bit of memorabilia from the Star Wars franchise. We have a pair of Millennium Falcons, an X-Wing, a Y-Wing, a TIE Fighter, the Rebel Blockade Runner, a Star Destroyer, and a Podracer. We have blasters and lightsabers. We have replacement limbs from tragic lightsaber accidents. and we have the medical droids to attach them to you.
I am not kidding. I have been pretty overstimulated all day due to this exhibit. It is full of select pieces from the Lucasfilm Archives that, even having worked in Hollywood and being into this stuff for years, I had only seen in books like “Chronicles” or “From Star Wars to Indiana Jones: The Best of the Lucasfilm Archives” up to this point. Yes, Mister Jaded Geek here will admit that I was a bit overwhelmed by everything, and I really didn’t want to leave. I do, indeed, hope to return, to actually focus on the Science aspect, when my imagination isn’t running away from me, staring at the intricate work done on the models from the original Trilogy, or admiring the work on the puppet used for C-3PO in The Phantom Menace. If you would like to take a look at my photos of the exhibit, feel free to peek over to my Album and check them out at this link.
“Star Wars: Where Science Meets Imagination” is kicked off with a Midnight Premier on May 24th, and the exhibit opens May 25th to the general public. Tickets to the exhibit are available via pre-order off of the Indiana State Museum’s website, and it will be running until September 2nd. There is also the Millennium Falcon Experience, and special events that tie into this throughout the summer. I strongly recommend ANY geek that is into Star Wars, Science Fiction, and/or pieces of pop culture history to get your tickets ordered and head over to the Indiana State Museum at White River State Park.
May the force be with you,
I would like to thank @JustHeather of Inexpensively and Studio 27 Indy for providing me this opportunity, along with the Indiana State Museum. My visit to the exhibit was part of their Media Preview, and the pass was complimentary. All photos are my own, with additional photos at the above link.