Star Wars: Where Science Meets Imagination is a traveling exhibit created by the Museum of Science, Boston, featuring props and costumes used in the Star Wars films, but focusing primarily on the science behind George Lucas' fantasy worlds.
Props, costumes, models, etc...
The Museum of Science, Boston owns a model Naboo N-1 starfighter, and an R2-D2 suit used in the creation of the films; these will remain on display in the museum, however used in the traveling exhibit space. Other costumes, props, models, puppets, etc. were also used...
- Jawa – The Jawa costume was made to fit in with a desert lifestyle that falls between a Tusken lifestyle and that of a Human's.
- Young Anakin Skywalker
- Tusken Raider and Tusken Woman
- Chewbacca – This costume is gigantic, easily making Han's furry friend seem fearsome, as was planned by Lucas.
- Han Solo
- Obi-Wan Kenobi (From Ep. III)
- Anakin Skywalker (From Ep. III)
- Darth Vader's suit and helmet
- Mace Windu
- Leia Organa
- Wampa – A costume, not a prop. It was used on a specially scaled set and was added to the original scene to make the Wampa look huge. The costume itself wasn't that big.
- Snowtrooper – The snowtrooper outfit was displayed near the average cold-weather Antarctica exploration garbs used in our world.
- Padmé (From Ep. I)
- Sebulba's podracer
- Tantive IV
- Naboo starship
- Millennium Falcon
- The Devastator
- TIE Fighter
- General Grievous's fighter
- The Trade Federation Cruiser: Invisible Hand
- Imperial probe droid
- Battle droid
Maquettes were very small models. Some of these were:
- General Grievous
- Luke Skywalker riding a tauntaun
- Wookiee tree
- Millennium Falcon (separate from the larger model)
- Luke's landspeeder
- Many of the lightsabers including Shaak Ti's, Darth Maul's, Obi-Wan Kenobi's, and many more.
- Several blasters, such as an Alderaan blaster, Boba Fett's rifle, etc.
- A thermal detonator
- A Jedi training remote
- Anakin Skywalker and Luke Skywalkers' prosthetic hands.
- Lobot's headgear
- A FX-7 medical droid
- A 2-1B medical droid
- An interrogator droid
- Rebel Alliance macrobinoculars
- Rebel Alliance sensor pack
- Chewbacca's wookiee bowcaster
- Wookiee blaster
- Tarfful's rifle
Several puppets were used in the creation of the Star Wars movies:
- "Naked" C-3PO
Other puppets were used, but these two were put in the exhibit.
The exhibit features a reproduction of the Millennium Falcon's cockpit, placed within a miniature planetarium, and programmed to simulate the appearance, of jumping to light speed. The exhibit explains the basics of the argument, according to Einstein's theories, that faster-than-light travel is impossible. Hosted by Anthony Daniels and R2-D2, the show also travels through the Oort Cloud and outside the galaxy to view many other galaxies discovered outside our own and some of the older parts of the universe.
Another Star Wars element the exhibit discusses is the landspeeder, and various forms of real hovercraft technology. Maglev trains, air-cushion hovercrafts, and the unusual magnetic properties of super-cooled yttrium are all discussed, and how they tie in to the technology in the movies.
The difficulties of creating functional humanoid robots is also tackled, through a number of hands-on-activities. This could go along with a discussion of real, present-day robots, and why, more often than not, they are not built to be humanoid. Several displays of real robots in our world are included.
Medical technology and its connections to medical technology in the movies are shown. A stand displays real false limbs next to the prosthetic hands for Anakin and Luke in the movies.
- Museum of Science, Boston, Massachusetts — scheduled to open October 27, 2005.
- Chicago Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago, Illinois — October 2007 - January 6, 2008
- Scienceworks, Melbourne, Victoria — 4 June, 2008 - 8 November, 2008
- COSI, Columbus, Ohio
- Oregon Museum of Science and Industry, Portland, Oregon
- California Science Center, Los Angeles, California
- Science Museum of Minnesota, Saint Paul, Minnesota
- Franklin Institute, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
- Fort Worth Museum of Science History, Fort Worth, Texas
- Marshall Space Flight Center, Huntsville, AL
- Lafayette Science Museum, Lafayette, LA: October 2010 - January 17, 2011
- Pacific Science Center, Seattle, WA: March 19 - May 8, 2011
- The Health Museum, Houston, TX: June 18 - September 18, 2011
- Discovery Science Center, Santa Ana, CA: November 18, 2011 - April 15, 2012
- Exploration Place, Wichita, KS: May 26 - September 3, 2012
- Orlando Science Center, Orlando, FL: October 13, 2012 - March 17, 2013
- Indiana State Museum, Indianapolis, IN: May 25 - September 2, 2013
- The Tech Museum of Innovation, San Jose, CA: October 19, 2013 - February 23, 2014