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OMSI summons stormtroopers to open Star Wars Science exhibit

by: Eric Norberg, OMSI President Nancy Steuber was well-protected when she faced the press at the preview of the “Star Wars Science” exhibit at the museum, which opened to the public October 11th. It will be in town through January 1st.

Star Wars stormtroopers, wearing the segmented white armor which became iconic in the very first 'Star Wars' movie thirty years ago, moved in to provide escort for the President of Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI) Nancy Steuber, as she stepped to the futuristic podium on October 10th to announce the opening of the museum's newest, and by far largest, science exhibit ever.

The new 'Star Wars Science' exhibit was developed by the Boston Museum of Science in collaboration with creator and producer George Lucas and his Lucasfilm Ltd. Installed in OMSI, the exhibit fills half the top floor, the hall below which usually holds featured exhibits, and even the end of the Turbine Hall. This is its first west coast appearance.

There are plenty of interactive exhibits and informational screens, but without doubt the most powerful attractant for people of all ages will be the more than 100 iconic images, models, and costumes from all six of the 'Star Wars' movies. The exhibit will be open through New Year's Day, and then it moves on.

OMSI is located on S.E. Water Street on the Willamette River waterfront, a short distance north of the Ross Island Bridge. For hours and details, visit: www.omsi.edu.