Lucas Museum of Narrative Art

Celebrating narrative art through the ages

Narrative art tells a story. The genre uses the power of the visual image to ignite imaginations, evoke emotions and capture universal cultural truths and aspirations. What distinguishes narrative art from other genres is its ability to capture a shared experience across diverse cultures preserving it for future generations.

The collection

The Lucas Museum of Narrative Art will be a gathering place to experience narrative art and the evolution of moving images – from illustration to cinema to the digital mediums of the future. The museum’s seed collection – a gift from founder George Lucas – spans a century-and-a-half and features the images and the mediums that have profoundly shaped our cultural heritage. The foundational collection will continue to grow and evolve as the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art acquires more works.

An Introduction to the Collection

  • Badger's Winter Stories

    Arthur Rackham (1867-1939)

  • The Pioneer & the Vision (c.1918)

    N.C. Wyeth (1882-1945)

  • Ecstasy (c.1929)

    Maxfield Parrish (1870-1966)

  • Kim Novak in Broad Brimmed Hat Resting Chin on Hand (c.1950)

    Alberto Vargas (1896-1982)

  • MAD: Cover #77, Alfred & Arrow (March, 1963)

    Norman Theodore Mingo (1896-1980)

  • Rango (2011)

    Industrial Light & Magic

“The best way to truly understand narrative art is to experience it.”
— George Lucas

A new museum for Chicago

The Lucas Museum of Narrative Art (LMNA) is honored to be partnering with the city of Chicago and the many cultural, civic and community groups that will work with the Museum. Public outreach and educational programming are central to the mission and public service goals of the Museum. The LMNA will support the stunning innovations of the digital age while emphasizing the same values that distinguish Chicago from other great cities: community involvement, diversity, and a commitment to excellence in art, architecture, and creativity.

Architectural team selected

Following a global search, the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art (LMNA) announced today that Beijing-based MAD Architects has been selected as the principal designer for the LMNA site while Chicago-based Studio Gang will design the landscape and create a bridge to connect the LMNA to Northerly Island. VOA Associates, based in Chicago, will serve as the executive architect and lead the implementation of MAD’s design.

Work Examples of Architectural Team

  • MAD Architects

    Absolute Towers

    Mississauga, Canada

  • MAD Architects

    Ordos Museum

    Ordos, China

  • Studio Gang Architects

    Nature Boardwalk at Lincoln Park Zoo

    photo Steve Hall © Hedrich Blessing, Courtesy of Studio Gang Architects

  • Studio Gang Architects

    Northerly Island

    photo © Studio Gang Architects

  • VOA

    The House of Sweden Embassy

    Washington, D.C.

  • VOA

    The Roosevelt University Academic, Student Life and Residence Center

    Chicago, Illinois

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