The State Government of Victoria announced today that ACMI (Australian Centre for the Moving Image) will receive $5 million to develop designs and start work on transforming the visitor experience at the Federation Square attraction, both physically and technologically.
ACMI is the only place of its kind in Australia and is the busiest dedicated screen culture museum in the world. The centre opened in 2002, before technologies such as smartphones, tablets, virtual reality and even flat screen televisions were ubiquitous.
Since then ACMI has welcomed over 13 million visitors through its doors building to a record 1.45million in 2016, with a diverse program that extends from blockbuster international exhibitions to film screenings, artist commissions, industry development activities and programs for kids and families.
The funding will enable ACMI to develop designs and commence upgrading the centre for a new generation of Victorians and visitors – creating a truly interactive museum that celebrates and reflects the dynamic and ever-changing world of the moving image.
The public will start to see changes in 2018 with improvements to the centre’s Flinders Street entrance that will see the creation of a welcoming public space and better connections with the surrounding precinct.
Read the full announcement from the State Government of Victoria here.