Jun 062013

A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away…

Or, you know, two weeks ago, at the Indiana State Museum downtown…I weaseled my way into the media preview of the Star Wars: Where Science Meets Imagination exhibit.

star wars press pass

How’d YOU get on the list
? you’re thinking. Your readers are mostly people related to you. I know, right? You’re not the only one who was wondering what in the heck I was doing there.

force choke

But if you know me, you know I have a Star Wars-lurving family. I grew up a huge fan, passed down my toys to Henry and Eleanor, and now have two kids well-versed in the Star Wars universe. Especially my son, who can usually be found humming the Imperial March while he imagines battles between clones and droids.

So what was the exhibit like, for someone who grew up on Star Wars? Well, as we waited at the entrance for our guided tour to begin, the sounds of Darth Vader breath over the sound system, just a glimpse of some of the goodies inside made me do a hands-to-mouth SQUEEEEEEE. Then I turned around and high-fived Tony from Geeking in Indiana.

I pretty much spent my time in the exhibit going OMG IT’S HAN AND CHEWIE OMG IT’S HENRY’S FAVORITE ROLL-Y DROID OMG IT’S LUKE’S ROBOT HAND OMG IT’S YODA OMG IT’S THE MILLENNIUM FALCON VADER’S STAR DESTROYER LANDSPEEDER LIGHTSABERS TUSKAN RAIDERS R2D2 OMG OMG OMG. For most of the items, I had that same “holy crap, I can’t believe I’m looking at the actual (insert name of object I’ve seen images of my whole life)” reaction as I’ve had seeing, say, the Mona Lisa or the Sistine Chapel. Hi, I’m a nerd.

stormtrooper landspeeder

han and chewie


star destroyer

And while, admittedly, some of the science stuff was an afterthought to my LOOK IT’S LEIA’S HELP ME OBI WAN DRESS overloaded brain, the exhibit has some nice educational components as well. If you’re five or older, you can drive a hover craft in 20-second bursts. There’s Maglev trains and robots to build, and simulated environments (like a Jawa camp) to set up and run via some cool computer effects.

maglev train

jawa camp

hover craft
(hover craft modeled by the lovely Michelle from gotchababy)

Not gonna lie, it’s a little expensive to get in to the exhibit. Tickets are $10 on top of museum admission; it’s going to be around $70 to take my household. But it is worth it? To us, heck yeah. After the kids finished crying that I went without them, Henry looked at my photos and named every single item with no prompting, even informing me that his favorite roll-y droid is a droideka. I can’t wait to see his face when he gets to view the items that fuel so much of his play. So we’ll be there, for sure. Maybe we’ll see you? I’ll even give you a high five.

Want to sneak a peek at more exhibit goodness? Click here for the rest of my photos from the preview. Want to get your tickets ordered (it’s timed admission, 66 visitors admitted every 15 minutes)? Click here for Indiana State Museum exhibit info.

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