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ACMI Re/new

Following a major redevelopment of our Fed Square home, ACMI is now open.

In 2019 we embarked on a $40million redevelopment project to reimagine our museum and create a more open and welcoming environment, enhance our learning spaces and showcase new innovations in moving image technology.

When our 10-year old exhibition Screen Worlds needed to be upgraded, we were presented with a unique opportunity to redevelop and reimagine our spaces, to create a more open and welcoming environment, enhance our learning spaces and showcase new innovations in moving image technology.

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ACMI's renewal

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Follow our redevelopment journey

Thanks to the support of the Victorian Government and the generosity of our partners, we have delivered a major redevelopment that has transformed visitor experience. Follow our journey as we reconstructed and reimagined our space.

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Help us preserve and celebrate the moving image

With your support, we can continue to celebrate the creativity of screen culture in a vibrant world-class museum of the future.

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What has changed?

A reconfigured space

  • A dramatic transformation of our building
  • A staircase to connect the building and new spaces to sit and relax in
  • Our cinemas presenting the very best of screen culture from Australia and around the world
  • Hero, a contemporary day-to-night food and wine bar experience
  • A revitalised shop devoted to art and culture
  • New learning labs to inspire future generations of screen creatives
  • A media preservation lab, dedicated to preserving and restoring our screen history, from home movies to video artworks
  • New event spaces.
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A new exhibition to illuminate our history

A new centrepiece exhibition on ground floor that takes audiences on an immersive journey into the past, present and future of the moving image through interactive experiences, amazing objects and captivating stories.

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Playable and interactive experiences

Key moments of the moving image come to life through interactive experiences that let you animate shadows, craft optical toys, experiment with time, assemble film scenes and create soundscapes in a custom Foley studio.

The various sounds objects used in the Foley Room - Gareth Sobey

State of the art education spaces

We’re focusing on the future, establishing the Gandel Digital Future Labs, two new spaces where students and teachers can access the technology and creative tools to create their own moving image works.

ACMI Gandel Digital Future Lab 1 - students partaking in activities

Bringing our collection to life

A Media Preservation Lab to keep our past alive, and bring the vital work of our collection into the public eye.

Looking into the Media Preservation Lab at ACMI - Shannon McGrath

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Hero image credits:

*First two images (left to right): Annabelle Butterfly Dance, Thomas Edison, USA, 1897 Library of Congress Photographs of hand coloured nitrate print by Barbara Flueckiger.

Third image from the left: Métamorphoses du papillon (Metamorphoses of the Butterfly), Gaston Velle, France, 1904, Library of Congress. Photograph of the nitrate prints by Barbara Flueckiger

Image on far right: Das Cabinet des Dr. Caligari (The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari), Robert Wiene, Germany, 1919, Archivo Nacional de la Imagen – Sodre, Montevideo/ Cineteca di Bologna © Friedrich-Wilhelm-Murnau-Stiftung, Wiesbaden. Photograph by Barbara Flueckiger.