You don’t have to travel across the empire to find Chewbacca, Han Solo, and Yoda—since all of them are hanging out right here on the streets of downtown Philipsburg. This museum is the brainchild of Nick Maley, an artist who famously worked on Star Wars and helped bring Yoda to life. He was instrumental in creating many of the movie’s galactic characters, and the museum is stuffed with memorabilia and parts that were used in the film. That said, even though he’s known as “that Yoda guy,” Maley has worked on dozens of other blockbuster movies in Hollywood, including Superman, Hellraiser, Men in Black, Terminator, Alien, Krull, and Highlander. You’ll also find casts that were used on the faces of Hollywood’s biggest names, from Humphrey Bogart to Marlon Brando and Angelina Jolie. Even more than the wealth of memorabilia pulled straight from the sets of the films, what makes this museum such a great stop is the fact that it all helps to fund a nonprofit that encourages children to follow their dreams and pursue their artistic passions.
The museum is located on the second story of a building overlooking Front Street. There is a set of stairs leading up to the museum, which itself is covered in many frames and pieces of memorabilia. Also, as long as Nick is present at the museum he’ll autograph any merchandise that’s over $20.
Did You Know? Nearly 40 years after helping create Yoda, Maley created an animatronic Yoda that’s now displayed at the museum.