May the 4th Celebration

Thursday, May 4, 2023
Image of Star Wars spaceship in black and white with text reading "The Academy Museum May the 4th Celebration"

Join the Academy Museum for a Star Wars–inspired May the 4th Celebration! 

The fun-filled day includes a chance to meet and take photos with R2-D2 and participate in Star Wars–inspired hands-on activities for all ages. 

We will also welcome Paul Hirsch, film editor of Star Wars: Episode IVA New Hope (1977) and Star Wars: Episode VThe Empire Strikes Back (1980), and Howard Kazanjian, producer of Star Wars: Episode VIReturn of the Jedi (1983), for two book signings. 

Stay for the day’s final event—a screening of Star Wars: Episode VIReturn of the Jedi to commemorate the film’s 40th anniversary! 

Be sure to dress up in your best Star Wars–inspired costumes*!  

Please see below for the day’s schedule and ticketing options. 


1:30–3:30pm: Photos with R2-D2! 

Take photos with your favorite droid! 
Location: Sidney Poitier Grand Lobby 

1:30–5:30pm: May the 4th Art-Making Activities 
Create buttons, origami paper Star Wars–inspired characters, and glow in the dark galaxy slime! 
Location: Shirley Temple Education Studio 

4:30–6:30pm: Photos with R2-D2! 
Second chance to get a photo with R2-D2! 
Location: Sidney Poitier Grand Lobby 

5–7pm: Book Signings 

  • Paul Hirsch, A Long Time Ago in a Cutting Room Far, Far Away: My Fifty Years Editing Hollywood Hits—Star Wars, Carrie, Ferris Bueller's Day Off, Mission: Impossible, and More 

  • Howard Kazanjian, Howard Kazanjian: A Producer’s Life 

Location: Sidney Poitier Grand Lobby  

6pm: Museum Closes 

7:30pm: Screening  
Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi 40th Anniversary screening 
Location: David Geffen Theater, doors open at 6:30pm 

Ticket Options
To access R2-D2 and Education Studio activities for free with a purchase of general admission, please click here
For Book Signing tickets click here
For Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi tickets click here

*The following are not allowed when dressing in costume at the Academy Museum: body paint, functional props or weapons, and/or full-face coverings. Guests in costume are subject to search at the discretion of Academy Museum staff at any time, and we reserve the right to refuse entry for any reason.