City bidding to have new museum built in Youngstown

Youngstown City Council passed a resolution with their support, which includes donating land for George Lucas' Museum of Narrative Art as an incentive

The Welcome to Downtown Youngstown sign.

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – George Lucas is looking for a place to bring his Museum of Narrative Art, and Youngstown is putting its name in the hat to have it built in the city.

The museum was originally going to San Francisco, but other cities started drawing Lucas in.

On Wednesday, Youngstown City Council passed a resolution with their support, which includes donating land for the museum as an incentive.

In a letter to Lucas, Mayor John McNally emphasized Youngstown’s location between Cleveland and Pittsburgh. He also mentioned the city’s strong relationship with the York family that owns the San Francisco 49ers, Lucas’ favorite football team.

“Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, the Andy Warhol in Pittsburgh, the potential Lucas Museum in Youngstown. The location kind of seems right,” said Michael McGiffin, events coordinator in Youngstown.

McGiffin said even if Lucas decides against building the museum in Youngstown, it would at least put the city on his radar or even persuade him to build an exhibit in a current Youngstown museum.

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