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ACMI Re/new

ACMI is undergoing a major redevelopment of our Fed Square home.

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.

Please consider making a donation to support our return.

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Follow our redevelopment journey

Thanks to the support of the Victorian Government and the generosity of our partners, we will deliver a major redevelopment that will transform visitor experience. You can follow our process as we reconstruct and reimagine our space.

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Help us reimagine our museum

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

Your donation helps us rebuild and reopen to the public.

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While we are closed

While our home at Fed Square will be closed for redevelopment you can still enjoy the very best film from Australia and around the world. Check out our online program.

What's on

What will change?

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
  • A contemporary cafe and bar with new interior
  • 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 signature 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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Artist’s impression of the entrance to the new exhibition

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.

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Artist’s impression of the ‘foley room’ which enables visitors to make their own sound effects to popular films.

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.

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Artist’s impression of one of the Gandel Digital Future Labs

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.

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Artist’s impression of the Media Preservation Lab, where the work of the Collection will be on display

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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.