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Here Comes The Force: "Star Wars" at the Tech

Billy Dee Williams in San Jose

By Scott Budman
|  Friday, Mar 29, 2013  |  Updated 8:32 AM PDT
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The Tech Museum of Innovation on Thursday announced plans to open a 10,000-square-foot

The Tech Museum of Innovation on Thursday announced plans to open a 10,000-square-foot "Star Wars: Where Science Meets Imagination" exhibit, launching in October. Not far, far away, but right in the heart of downtown San Jose. Scott Budman reports.

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The Force will soon be with Silicon Valley.

The Tech Museum of Innovation on Thursday announced plans to open a 10,000-square-foot "Star Wars: Where Science Meets  Imagination" exhibit, launching in October. Not far, far away, but right in the heart of downtown San Jose.

About 80 artifacts from the "Star Wars" films will be displayed in  the exhibit, which includes a thrill ride based on the Millennium Falcon, the  spaceship featured in the first "Star Wars" movie released in 1977.

To kick of Thursday's announcement, Billy Dee Williams, who played Lando Calrissian in the Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back and Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi, “Obi-Shawn” and other costumed characters staged a musical good vs. evil battle in front of the Tech on South Market Street. San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed was there, too.

The display was created by the Museum of Science, Boston, featuring props and displays used in the Star Wars films, and presented by the Bose Corporation.

It opened in Boston in 2005 and began traveling around the country ever since. The final stop is at the Tech in San Jose, where the exhibit will run from Oct. 19 to Feb. 23, 2014. To find out more information, click here.


 Scott, a big fan of "Star Wars" and Billy Dee, is on Twitter: @scottbudman

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