Opening this weekend is one of THE MOST ANTICIPATED attractions of the year at the TELUS World of Science — Star Wars Identities: The Exhibition. WHERE Edmonton attended an exclusive preview, and we think it looks absolutely phenomenal — a definite must-see attraction! The exhibit will be open daily from October 27, 2012 – April 1, 2013.
Fans of the series will not want to miss the rare opportunity to see some priceless props and memorabilia from the films; every item in the show is an authentic prop or artifact – not a replica – used in the films or in the production of the films. Over 200 artifacts are on display, including Han Solo in carbonate, one of the puppets used for Yoda, Anakin Skywalker’s pod racer, and props used in the original three films before CGI effects were available. Many artifacts are being exhibited for the first time, including the collection of the four original Stormtrooper helmets that are being displayed together for the first time outside of the studio and the Skywalker Ranch.
The interactive technologies utilized by the exhibit are almost as impressive as the exhibit itself. Guests will be given two devices that will allow them to interact with the displays in order to learn more about the props and to determine their own Star Wars identity. After answering a series of questions about origins, choices, and influences, guests will be presented with a image and biography for a custom Star Wars character (over 50 million outcomes are possible!) that they can email to themselves. Will you be able to resist the forces of the dark side?
Photography is allowed inside the exhibit; just no use of flash or video.
This is a timed-entry exhibit, where a limited number of guests are admitted at 15-minute intervals. To ensure you are able to enter at a convenient time, advance ticket purchases are highly recommended; the exhibit is open Sunday – Thursday 10 am – 7 pm (last entry at 5:15 pm) and Friday – Saturday 10 am – 10 pm (8:15 pm) . There is no limit on how long you can browse, though expect to spend at least two minutes walking through the displays and listening to the accompanying videos and audio sound bites. Hardcore Star Wars fans, who are interested in taking photos and studying the details of the props, will easily need more time — up to five or six hours is recommended!
$26.50 Adult; $16.50 Child; $23.50 Senior/Student (with ID)/Youth. Tickets to Star Wars Identities includes admission to the featured exhibit and to all five permanent galleries at the Telus World of Science (General Adult Admission is $16.95, so admission to the featured exhibit is only an additional cost of $10 for adults, and even less for children). Tickets can be purchased in advance online, by calling 780-451-3344, or in-person at the Telus World of Science box office (11211-142 St.).
This is the final stop in North America for this exiting exhibit! It will be on display in Europe and Asia before being retired, with all of the artifacts returning to George Lucas’ personal collection at Skywalker Ranch. Those travelling from a galaxy far, far away (that is, anywhere beyond Edmonton) should consider booking a hotel package – this includes discounted hotel accommodations in Edmonton, discounted tickets to Star Wars Identities, and discounts on food and merchandise at the Telus World of Science. Hotel packages can be booked online.