Sun, May 20, 2018 — Sun, Sep 30, 2018

Take a unique journey into the Star Wars™ universe as characters are brought to life through a dramatic presentation of more than 60 original costumes. Star Wars™ and the Power of Costume will closely examine the captivating process of costume design for iconic outfits featured in the first seven films of the Star Wars saga—from Queen Amidala’s lavish gowns to Darth Vader’s imposing black armor.

Explore the artistry of the world’s most recognized cinematic costumes, including Queen Amidala, Chewbacca, X-wing pilots, Rey, and droids, including C-3PO and R2-D2.

This exhibition goes beyond the chronological, literary, or filmic order often used to chronicle Star Wars™. It focuses instead on the creative process, encompassing the essence of George Lucas’ vision and the exciting challenge of translating his iconic characters into a dynamic reality.

Tickets to Star Wars™ and the Power of Costume include a free multimedia tour –  youth and adult versions – that will draw connections between the films’ costumes and works of art in the DIA’s collection, allowing visitors to experience the museum in new ways.

Time slots for this special exhibition will sell out, so be sure to purchase your tickets in advance, either online or by calling 313-833-4005. Click here to become a member, and see the exhibition first and free.

Residents of Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties receive $5 off all adult tickets.


Star Wars credit logos, Smithsonian, Lucas Museum, Lucasfilm

Star Wars™ and the Power of Costume was developed by the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service in partnership with the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art and in consultation with Lucasfilm Ltd. Objects in this exhibition are on loan from the Archives of Lucas Museum of Narrative Art. Star Wars™ and all related characters, names and indicia are trademarks of & copyright © & TM 2018 Lucasfilm Ltd. All rights reserved.


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Your exhibition ticket is good for one-time entry into the exhibition on the date and time printed on your ticket. Exhibition entry times do sell out, so advance ticket purchase is recommended to guarantee access to the exhibition. Members with free tickets should be prepared to present their Membership Card and Photo ID when checking in.   


  Tue - Thu Fri, Sat & Sun
Adults $19 $24
Youth (6-17) $7 $7
Adult Groups (15+) $15 $20
Youth Groups (15+) $6 $6


Residents of Oakland, Wayne, and Macomb counties receive a $5 discount on adult tickets. 


Museum Parking Lot: A lighted, secured parking lot is located east of the DIA. Located on John R. St., south of Kirby St. and north of Warren Ave. Daily parking rate is $7; cash and credit cards are accepted. 

Valet: Valet is available at the Farnsworth entrance during normal museum hours. $15, cash only.

Wayne State University Parking Structures: Two parking structures operated by Wayne State University are within a short distance of the DIA. These lots are available to museum visitors Monday-Friday, and will be open on select weekends depending on demand:  

Rackham parking structure is located on Warren Ave, East of Warren and West of Woodward Ave. $7; credit cards only. 

Welcome Center parking structure is located on Putnam St., just west of Woodward Ave. $7; credit cards only. 

Street Parking: The City of Detroit has metered street parking located around the DIA. Parking is limited to a maximum of two hours. The DIA’s Parking Zone is 202. To pay, visit a kiosk or download the “Park Detroit” app(opens in new window)

Park and take the QLINE: Parking is available at the Wayne State University lot on Woodward with an entrance on Harper. Take the QLINE down from Amsterdam street to Warren Ave. Parking: $2-12; credit cards only. | QLINE: $1.50 for 3 hours, $3 all day per person; cash, credit, and mobile app payment accepted. 


If you have any questions, feel free to ask at the Visitor Services Desk, or ask in advance by calling 313-833-4005. Volunteers and staff throughout the museum are also happy to help. We look forward to your visit!  

Bags & Backpacks

For the safety and comfort of visitors and the protection of the objects, please store the following with our coat checks before entering the galleries:   

  • All backpacks   
  • Bags and purses larger than 13”x17”x8”   
  • Oversized/bulky coats   
  • Umbrellas   

Costumes & Accessories

Want to dress like your favorite character? We love it! However, please keep in mind that lightsabers and similar items are not allowed. Please leave all masks at home as they are not allowed on the museum grounds. A little bit of face paint is fine (e.g, a design around the eye or on a cheek), but full face paint is not allowed.   

Wheelchairs, Strollers, Canes, etc. 

The DIA strives to be accessible to everyone. Wheelchairs and umbrella strollers only are welcome in the Museum and galleries; other strollers will need to be checked at our complimentary coat check. Wheelchairs may be borrowed from our Visitor Services team. Scooters and motorized wheelchairs are also permitted, as are canes and walkers that convert to stools.  

Food & Drink

Please do not have any food or drink in the galleries. We have a number of food service options during this exhibition, including CaféDIA and Kresge Court on the first floor, and a special exhibition food outlet adjacent to the exhibition space on the second floor. Please note that all food must be consumed within the food service locations. 


We are a photography friendly museum, and photography without a flash for personal use is permitted. Please do not use tripods, monopods, selfie-sticks, or similar equipment in the galleries. Please tag us in your photos with #StarWarsatDIA and #StarWarsCostumes.  


If you have any questions, feel free to ask at the Visitor Services Desk, or ask in advance by calling 313-833-4005. Volunteers and staff throughout the museum are also happy to help. We look forward to your visit!  

The DIA is more than a museum, and offers out-of-this-world programs for families and visitors of all ages. Plan to extend your visit to enjoy our free programs including art-making, gallery games, live music and more – or come back again soon to see what we have to offer! Discover what's happening at your DIA at  

Sci-Fi Summer Film Series

A series of sci-fi films, coinciding with the exhibition Star Wars™ and the Power of Costume, will show at the Detroit Film Theatre all summer. Some, like Hidden Fortress and Seven Samurai, are films that George Lucas has cited as being among his favorites, while The Blob and Earth vs. the Flying Saucers are examples of the vast variety of pre-Star Wars fantasy, science fiction and adventure that fired the imaginations of young audiences in the 1950s and earlier. Free, family-friendly movies show at 3 p.m. and ticketed movies for mature audiences start at 7 p.m.  

Exhibition Shop

At the end of the exhibition, you'll have the opportunity to make your visit last by purchasing Star Wars items from our exhibition gift shop. The shop is also open to regular museum visitors during museum hours. 

What is a timed-ticket?   

A timed ticket ensures entry to the exhibition at a particular date and time. These tickets are required for Star Wars™ and the Power of Costume. Each ticket purchased has a specified time of entry. Guests are required to enter the exhibition at the time printed on their tickets. Once you enter, you may spend as long as you would like within the exhibition. Please plan on arriving at the DIA 60 minutes prior to your ticket time. You will be welcomed into the exhibition line approximately 15 minutes prior to the time on your ticket.  

What if I miss my scheduled time slot? By a few minutes? By an hour or longer?   

While we ask that you try to be on time for your timed ticket, we recognize that sometimes all does not go as planned. Not-yet-Members will be worked into the next available timed entry that day. 

Unfortunately, all ticket sales are final and there are no refunds. For DIA Members, we will be happy to work you into the next available timed entry, or you may reschedule your tickets for another date and time.   

Can I obtain a timed-ticket at the DIA admissions desk or do I have to get them before I arrive?   

Each day, any available tickets will be sold at DIA admissions desks, however, it is advised that you try to purchase your ticket ahead of time on our website   

Do children require tickets?   

Each visitor aged 5 and older requires a ticket. Ticket prices are as follows: $19-25 Adults (residents of Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties receive $5 off all adult tickets), $7 Youth (ages 6 – 17), Children 5 and under are free.   

I am a member; do I still need a ticket?   

Yes. DIA Members each need a ticket for the exhibition. These tickets can be reserved online at or in person at an admissions desk. Members receive free admission depending upon membership level.   

When should I arrive for my timed entry?   

Please arrive 60 minutes before your entry time to allow for time to find parking and enter the building. You will be welcomed into the exhibition line approximately 15 minutes prior to the time on your ticket.

If I already bought my tickets, where do I go?   

If you didn't print your tickets in advance, please stop at an admissions desk to retrieve your tickets. If you printed your tickets at home, you can proceed directly to the exhibition located on the second floor of the DIA in the south wing of the building.  

I purchased tickets online but don’t have a printer. What do I do?   

Please proceed to any Admissions Desk to retrieve a physical copy of your ticket.   

Do I need to purchase another ticket if I want to see the exhibition again?   

Your exhibition ticket is good for one-time entry into the exhibition on the date and time printed on your ticket. If you would like to visit the exhibition again, you will need to purchase another ticket.   

How long does it take to go through the exhibit?   

Plan on spending about an hour exploring the exhibition.   

When is the last ticket sold?  

The final timed-entry each day is 90 minutes before the museum closes.   

Does my timed ticket include entry into the other areas of the museum?   

Yes! Your Star Wars ticket allows you entry into the DIA's permanent collection and other non-ticketed exhibitions, including Play Ball! Baseball at the DIA. You also have access to any museum programs taking place during your visit, such as art-making, live music, films and more. 

Can I wear a costume?   

Costumes are welcomed, but masks, lightsabers, and other weaponry are not permitted. Please leave them at home. To protect the objects in the exhibition and DIA collections, face paint is also prohibited.   

What should be left outside the exhibition?   

Along with weapons, masks, and helmets, tripods, selfie sticks, food, drinks, and large bags are prohibited. These items should be left in your car. If you have to bring these items into the Museum, please check them at our complimentary coat check or lockers. You will be able to retrieve them when you are ready to leave. For more information, please consult our “Inside the Exhibition" section above.   

Can I take pictures in the exhibition?   

Photography without flash is permitted. Please use the hashtag #StarWarsatDIA and #StarWarsCostumes when sharing!   

Do you have to know about the movies to enjoy the exhibition? Do you need to be a super fan?   

Not at all. While the films are certainly referenced in the exhibition (as are characters and scenes), the focus is not on the movies, but instead on the costumes, the design process, and the creative process in general.   

Which Star Wars characters costumes will be represented?   

More than 60 classic and prequel character costumes are featured in the exhibition, including Darth Vader, Luke Skywalker, C-3PO, R2-D2, Princess Leia, and more.   

What else is included in the exhibition?   

Not only are fans able to see the original costumes and props worn in the films, you will also enjoy the free accompanying audio tours (youth and adult, in English and Spanish), and a guide to show you objects in our permanent collection that connect with the works in the exhibition. Our Sci-Fi Summer film series is also free for exhibition attendees, featuring science fiction and fantasy films daily at 3 p.m. in the Detroit Film Theatre. 

Was George Lucas involved with the exhibition?   

This exhibit wouldn’t exist without George Lucas and his cinematic vision. The films’ remarkable characters and storylines are the heart of this exhibition.  


If you have any questions, feel free to ask at the Visitor Services Desk, or ask in advance by calling 313-833-4005. Volunteers and staff throughout the museum are also happy to help. We look forward to your visit!