From a galaxy far, far away comes Star Wars: The Magic of Myth.
Claim your tickets and see what promises to be the most popular
exhibition in MFAH history. After opening at the Smithsonian
Institution’s National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C.,
Star Wars: The Magic of Myth became one of the most-visited
Smithsonian exhibitions of all time, and it has attracted
record-breaking crowds at other museums on the national tour.
The exhibition was organized by the Smithsonian Institution
Traveling Exhibitions Service. All artifacts in the exhibition are on
loan from the archives of Lucasfilm Ltd.
The Magic of Myth links the Star Wars films to elements of
classical mythology and world culture. Illustrating these connections
are original artwork, props, models, costumes, and characters used
to create the initial Star Wars trilogy as well as 1999’s Star Wars:
Episode I The Phantom Menace.
Luke Skywalker, Han Solo, Chewbacca, R2-D2, and Darth Vader
costumes are all featured in this astonishing exhibition. And, added
for the first time especially for the Houston presentation is a
costumed figure of Darth Maul, the powerful Sith apprentice
introduced in Episode I.
A Complete Audio/Video Experience
Before you walk through the exhibition, be sure to view the
fascinating, 30-minute introductory film that examines the worldwide
cultural impact of Star Wars. This documentary includes interviews
with filmmaker George Lucas; actors Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher,
and Mark Hamill; sound effects director Ben Burtt; composer John
Williams; and others.
Your experience is not complete without the exhibition audio tour.
Narrated by James Earl Jones (the voice of Darth Vader), the audio
tour provides insights into the creation of the unique sound design
of the Star Wars films.
Your Journey Continues
Upon exiting the exhibition, browse through the special Star Wars
gift shop (see pages 64–65). Then take a free, self-guided tour titled
The Journey Continues . . . and explore paintings and sculptures in
the museum’s collection that echo the themes of The Magic of
For a fun break, stop by the MFAH “Cantina.” After you’ve had a
snack, go over to the “Cantina’s” replica-mask try-on area and see
what you look like as C-3PO or Jar Jar Binks. Photography is
permitted throughout the exhibition areas (no tripods, please), so
remember to bring your camera!