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Victorian Government funds $36.6m ACMI renewal

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Minister for Creative Industries Martin Foley today announced that ACMI has received $36.6 million in the 2018-2019 State Budget to undergo a visionary transformation.

We love our current spaces just as much as you, but screen culture has come a long way since we opened in 2002. Our free centrepiece exhibition Screen Worlds is older than the advent of smart phones and needs urgent renewal to keep up with the massive shifts in screen technologies.

This multi-million-dollar makeover will transform ACMI into the world’s leading museum for screen culture, education and innovation through a renewal project that will overhaul our permanent exhibition, dramatically improve the visitor experience, integrate cutting-edge technology and expand our education programs.

When the renewal is complete in late 2019, we’ll have an entirely redeveloped set of free permanent galleries; an expanded Learning Centre that will cater for twice as many students; an Audience Lab where the screen industry can prototype and test ideas, while audiences can see the creative process in action; and a Digital Preservation Lab, where we’ll keep film and digital content alive for the future.

We are thrilled that the Victorian Government is acknowledging our role in driving Victoria’s reputation as the home of innovation and creativity through this important investment.

We can’t wait to share this journey with you.