Officials at the Science Museum of Minnesota expected a crush of calls today from people wanting to get tickets for its summer exhibit, "Star Wars: Where Science Meets Imagination."
And they got them.
Ticket sales for the traveling show featuring 80 costumes, models, and props from all six "Star Wars" films went on sale promptly at 8 a.m. and "all the lines lit up," said spokeswoman Gail Vold Greco. "We started with a bang."
By 10:45 a.m., more than 2,556 tickets has been reserved by callers and those securing tickets through the museum's website, www.smm.org.
To handle the onslaught of calls, the St. Paul museum had 10 operators answering phones this morning, double the number on duty on a typical spring weekday, Vold Greco said.
The museum had sold more tickets to "Star Wars" in just three hours than the 1,315 sold on the entire first day that tickets went on sale last year for "Body Worlds," which became the most-attended exhibit in Science Museum history with attendance of 750,000.
"Star Wars" will play in St. Paul from June 13-Aug. 24.
Developed by the Museum of Science in Boston in conjunction with Lucasfilm, LTD., exhibit highlights include Princess Leia's famous white dress, Luke Skywalker's landspeeder from episode IV, a full-size R2-D2, Han Solo's rogue outfit, and a Yoda puppet.
Visitors also will be able to climb aboard a full-size replica of the cockpit from Episode IV's Millennium Falcon and "journey" to a land far, far away. Guests also can sit inside a real-world hovercraft similar to Saga's landspeeders and step into a lab where they can build and program robots and engineer droids.
Ticket packages that include admission to the exhibit, museum galleries and the Omnitheater film "Special Effects" go for $24 for adults and $21 for ages 4 to 12. Tickets for the "Star Wars" only go for $19 for adults and $16.50 for ages 4 to 12.
The Science Museum's box office phone number is 651-221-9444.