It could not get any closer than it does this very week, as props and sets from all six Star Wars films move into the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History on Saturday for a three-month stay (through September 3) as part of the Star Wars: Where Science Meets Imagination exhibition. Making its debut at the Museum of Science in Boston in 2005three years after folks there started working with Lucasfilm execsit's been touring the country the last two years and couldn't have landed locally at a better date, only weeks after the epochal anniversary. And not only does it feature the obvious and expected thingslike, oh, Darth Vader's costume and life-sized replicas of your favorite Laurel and Hardy droidsbut also Luke's Landspeeder parked next to a real-world hovercraft in which the kids can take a short spin whilst floating a few feet above the ground. Seescience, meet imagination. Thats how this thing works.
There are hands-on droid exhibitsbuild your own, Anakin-styleand a life-sized mock-up of a Jawa Sandcrawler, inside of which an animatronic C-3PO debates the finer points of real-world robotics with the hologram of an MIT engineer. You'll find moisture farms and space ports and hands-on exhibits (build this, guide this, move this) alongside Han Solo and Chewbacca's costumes. The exhibit, which spawned a nifty companion book, is a dork's mash-up, a cross between a science classroom and sci-fi convention. So when you see some dudes in storm trooper costumes, just nod politely and tell 'em you're not the droids theyre looking for. The museum is located at 1501 Montgomery St. in Fort Worth. Exhibition admission is $10 to $20. Call 817-255-9540 or visit fortworthmuseum.com.
June 9-Sept. 3