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"Star Wars: The Magic of Myth"
2001-03-11 until 2001-06-24
Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
Houston, TX, USA

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 Myth. 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!

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