"The Magic of Myth" was first shown at the National Air and Space Museum from October 1999 through January 1999. The popularity of the exhibition led the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service (SITES) to collaborate with Lucasfilm and bring the exhibition to some of the nation's top museums.
The exhibition showcases original work, props, models, costumes, and characters used to create the original Star Wars trilogy- Star Wars: A New Hope,The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi as well as a costume and drawings from Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace.
"The Magic of Myth" connects the films to elements of classical mythology and world culture, focusing primarily on the mythic themes behind George Lucas' fantasy worlds and characters using Joseph Campbell's influential book The Hero With a Thousand Faces as a model.
Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum: Washington DC - October 29, 1997 to January 31, 1999
The San Diego Museum of Art: San Diego, CA - September 25, 1999 to January 2, 2000
The Minneapolis Institute of Arts: Minneapolis, MN - February 27, 2000 to June 4, 2000
The Field Museum: Chicago, IL - July 15, 2000 to January 7, 2001
The Museum of Fine Arts: Houston, TX - March 11, 2001 to June 24, 2001
The Toledo Museum of Art: Toledo, OH - August 5, 2001 to January 5, 2002
The Brooklyn Museum of Art: New York City, NY - February 16, 2002 to June 9, 2002
Powerhouse Museum: Sydney, Australia - September 18, 2002 to February 23, 2003