Vintage film cameras at ACMI - photo by Phoebe Powell

The Story of the Moving Image

Our new centrepiece exhibition – open daily

Journey through the past, present and future of the moving image through interactive experiences, digital innovation and captivating stories.

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Mickey Mouse sketch - Disney: The Magic of Animation

Disney: The Magic of Animation

13 May – 17 Oct 2021

Discover the creativity and innovation of almost 100 years of Disney Animation.


What's on this month

Explore exhibitions, films, festivals, talks and more at your museum of screen culture, and online.

Pictured: The Perfect Candidate | 13–25 May 2021

Events calendar
The Perfect Candidate - 5–25 May
Friday Freaks - Fri 14 May MIAF 2020 Reanimated

MIAF 2020 Re-Animated – on sale now

13–16 May 2021

Before the Melbourne International Animation Festival returns in July, check out the revived 2020 program.

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Applications open 80K Mordant Family Moving Image Commission for Young Australian Artists

An $80k opportunity for young Australian artists

Applications for the Mordant Family Moving Image Commission for Young Australian Artists are now open.

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Angela Tiatia awarded the final $100,000 Ian Potter Moving Image Commission

Angela Tiatia awarded the Ian Potter Moving Image Commission

The Sydney-based artist will create the final work in the decade-long series of $100,000 commissions for new moving image works.

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The cast of Shoplifters

Cinema 3

Fuel your passion for film. Rent and stream new releases, classics and revivals of our past programs on demand.

Enter Cinema 3
Still from 'content' - Matthew Griffin selfie kitten

Gallery 5

Explore art that reflects, celebrates and interrogates the internet and digital culture through a series of free virtual exhibitions and performances.

Enter Gallery 5

Browse the collection

Discover the old and new, unique and nostalgic in our ever-evolving collection of objects and works from the universe of screen culture.

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Student playing Tetris at ACMI


Virtual lessons, exhibition visits, professional learning for teachers, and learning resources for use at home or the classroom.

Schools & Teachers
2001: A Space Odyssey - hallway scene

Stories & Ideas

Explore the themes behind the screens with articles, interviews, recorded talks and more.

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Go even deeper

The Story of the Moving Image online experience

Discover how screen culture has shaped who we are, how we see ourselves and how the world sees us.

My Survival As An Aboriginal (1979) - Essie Coffey

The ACMI story so far

From humble beginnings to a universe of screen culture, find out how we became the most visited moving image museum in the world.

Our history
Annabelle Butterfly Dance  Thomas Edison, USA, 1897 Library of Congress Photographs of hand coloured nitrate print by Barbara Flueckiger
Dessert by Karen Martini- photograph by Pete Tarasiuk

Food & Drink

Film, food, art, music and people come together in the city's newest dining destination, Hero, at Fed Square – bookings now open.

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ACMI branded items - styled by Melinda King, photography by Gareth Sobey


Melbourne's favourite shop dedicated to all things moving image. Every purchase supports your museum of screen culture.

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