George Lucas Proposes Museum in San Francisco

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If his museum bid is accepted, the Lucas Cultural Arts Museum would receive a $400 million endowment upon opening and another when he dies, he said.

In December, Disney acquired Lucasfilm Ltd., which is already housed in the Presidio, a one-time military base turned national park overlooking the San Francisco Bay and the Pacific.

Among the other proposals for the Presidio commissary site are a color lab that would allow visitors to explore what color means to them; a museum to honor former University of California, Berkeley chancellor Michael Heyman; or a space to focus on the New Deal’s achievements in the wake of the Great Depression.

The trust is displaying all the bids on its website, where the public can comment on the proposals submitted for an economically viable “cultural institution of distinction” that would offer cross-disciplinary programs and engage the community.

Craig Middleton, the trust’s executive director, said finalists will be announced in April and a decision will be made this year or next.

“The proposals are imaginative and creative and speak to the site, which inspired people to think big,” Middleton said. “We’re very excited at George Lucas being one of them.”

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