ACMI School Exhibition Visit Information

We look forward to seeing you at ACMI, here is some important information about your school-organised visit:

  • All students are permitted to attend ACMI regardless of vaccination status when attending as part of an excursion and accompanied by a teacher.
  • All teachers must be fully vaccinated and provide valid proof of vaccination, OR have acceptable evidence of a medical exemption.
  • Eligible proofs of vaccination include a COVID-19 digital certificate linked to the Service Victoria app OR one of the below:
    • a digital certificate saved to a smartphone wallet
    • a paper-copy of an Immunisation History Statement
    • a printed COVID-19 Vaccination Certificate issued by Medicare
  • Face masks are recommended for students and teachers while at ACMI, but are not mandatory.

Contact tracing

  • All students and adults visiting ACMI will need to provide contact tracing details to enter the venue. This is to expedite tracing and contacting individuals/parents/guardians in the event your school is closed. Please note, we cannot accept the school's number as the contact number for students
  • These details can be provided by students scanning into the Service Victoria app with their smartphone, or in written list form, (helpful for younger groups)
  • If you prefer to provide details in a written list, you'll find a COVID contact tracing form here. Please print and bring a completed copy on the day of your excursion.


While at ACMI teachers are responsible for, and have duty of care, for their students. We suggest students visit in small groups, and always remain within view of a teacher or other adult from your school.


Please arrive 10-15 minutes prior to your booked time at the Flinders Street entrance at the School Meeting Point outside.  Please look for the green flag. It looks like this:

Exh Green Flag

One of our friendly staff will greet you and take you inside.

COVID-safe visit guidelines

We’re following advice from the Victorian Chief Health Officer about how to reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission. Here are some of the measures we have in place – things that you can do – to keep teachers, students, other visitors and our staff safe:

  • Booked timed entrance visits.  Due to current regulations, we are unable to allow access to schools who have not booked ahead
  • Arrive at our Flinders Street entrance on the day of your booking and meet our staff/volunteer at the green flag marked School meeting point
  • On arrival, teachers must check in via the Vic Services app and show proof of full vaccination. (Teachers must maintain a list of names and contact numbers of the students who attended on the day for contact tracing purposes.)
  • Where possible maintain at least 1.5m distance between yourself and others
  • Regular hand hygiene

Other measures include enhanced cleaning throughout the museum and hand sanitiser on all levels.

If one of your students is feeling unwell on the day of the excursion, we request that they stay home and visit ACMI another day.

Read the ACMI COVIDSafe Plan

Arriving by bus?

Buses can drop off students at the extension of Russell St, at Federation Square. Please note there is no bus parking in this area.

Bus Map Edu

Arriving by train or tram?

Head to Flinders St Station and cross the road to Federation Square.  Walk to Federation Square and then head to the left, past 7-Eleven around to Flinders Street. Follow the street until you see the green flag.

Flinders St Entrance map EDU

Student lunches and bags

Please leave school bags at home. We provide a very limited number of trolleys to store lunch tubs until lunchtime. Federation Square has lunch spots suitable for all weather, and Hero at ACMI is available if you'd like to buy lunch or snacks.

The Lens and resources

The Lens is a free handheld, take-home device that lets you collect the artworks and objects you discover or make in our new centrepiece exhibition, The Story of the Moving Image.   Each student will be given a lens as they enter the exhibition and instructed how to use it.

We hope you find something new to watch or play, or a new perspective on something familiar.

This quick explainer video above will give you an idea about the Lens.

Disney resources

Visiting Disney: The Magic of Animation exhibition? Check out our free online resource.

Risk Management Documents

Emergency Management procedures cannot be supplied for Federation Square as it’s public space and cannot be shared with with the public. However, please be advised our ACMI and Fed Square Staff are trained with all emergency procedures and are the fire wardens on the day.

Schools or the public aren't given a specific fire safety briefing except to listen to staff directives on the day.

Please find the copies of documents for your excursion risk management below:

Child Safe Policy

Certificate of Currency


How long does The Story of the Moving Image Exhibition take to explore?

That really depends on you and your students.  We have found on average students are exploring the exhibit for 60 minutes.

How long does Disney: The Art of Animation Exhibition take to explore?

That really depends on you and your students.  We have found on average students are exploring the exhibit for 60 minutes.

Is there a tour guide?

The exhibition is self-guided, which means that it is without supervision of someone walking you through.  Our suggestion is for teachers to acquaint themselves with the exhibition prior to their visit to help navigate your way through what you need to explore for your curriculum.

Can I take my coffee into the exhibit?

No food or drink is allowed into the exhibit, except for water bottles.