YodaYour family vacation to Kansas is more than a walk down the Yellow Brick Road to the Wizard of Oz. Kansas is also home to other movie “characters,” such as those in the series Star Wars. Star Wars:® Where Science Meets Imagination is a traveling exhibit with a scheduled stop at Exploration Place, Kansas’ premier science center located in Wichita.

Wichita, Kansas is excited to offer this blockbuster exhibit as the first of its kind in the Midwest. Star Wars:® Where Science Meets Imagination “lands” in Wichita on May 26th through Saturday, May 26, 2012 – Monday, Sept. 3, 2012 at the Exploration Place, The Sedgwick County Science and Discovery Center.

The blockbuster 8,500 square-foot Star Wars exhibit gives visitors the opportunity to see more than 80 props and costumes and numerous video interviews of filmmakers, scientists and engineers from the Star Wars film series.

In addition, several hands-on exhibits explore the fantasy technologies used in the films and investigates the real science behind them.

And who knows perhaps that “real science” might someday lead to real-life versions as seen in the Star Wars film series?

Exhibit Highlights

RobotAreaIntroR2 D2Star Wars: Fans and kids of all ages will feel like they’ve stepped into the movies when viewing artifacts displayed including:

  • Luke’s Landspeeder Model and Vehicle
  • Tarfull Wookiee Costume
  • Anakin Jedi Costume
  • Mace Windu Costume
  • Obi-Wan Kenobi Costume
  • Yoda Puppet
  • C-3PO Costume
  • R2-D2 Costume

Getting Around: Examine the fascinating Luke Skywalker’s Landspeeder and other floating vehicles from Star Wars, and then discover how things move without touching the ground in the real world, from models of flying cars to commercial spaceplanes.

Robots and People: Meet C-3PO and R2-D2 and explore how people relate to the Droids in Star Wars. Discover the real world science of creating today’s world robots that navigate, sense and understand the world around them, while communicating in increasingly sophisticated ways.

More about Exploration Place

Exploration Place, The Sedgwick County Science and Discovery Center,  is Kansas’ premier 20-acre science center located on the banks of the Arkansas River in the scenic downtown Wichita Museums on the River district. Exploration Place inspires people of all ages to explore science through creative and fun exhibits. Exploration Place is open every day except Thanksgiving and Christmas. Please visit Exploration Place for hours and pricing.  or call (316) 660-0600

Wichita, Kansas

Your family vacation to Wichita, Kansas nets you big-city amenities – Midwestern prices! Explore eclectic art, hands-on exhibits, Old West and Indian artifacts – even a T. rex skeleton. Dine at more than 1,000 restaurants. Discover distinctive shops, antique stores and national retailers.

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Photos courtesy of Exploration Place.