Interactive experiences at ACMI

Immerse yourself in new experiences that continue long after you’ve left the building, in our centrepiece exhibition The Story of the Moving Image.

The Lens

From the moment you enter our new exhibition, The Story of the Moving Image, you’ll receive a free Lens. The Lens allows you to collect everything you see when you visit, from objects and artworks to interactive experiences. When you get home, just login to the ACMI website with your Lens code to access a personally-curated online collection featuring rich content, surprising insights and deeper context, as well as new films, TV shows, videogames and art to watch and play.

See how it works
The Lens device being tapped on an exhibition label - photograph by Gareth Sobey


Before you start exploring what you’ve collected at ACMI, use the Lens to trigger the Constellation, a large-scale digital experience at the end of The Story of the Moving Image.

What does the Constellation do?
Interacting with the Constellation at ACMI - photograph by Gareth Sobey

Edit Line

Edit a simple story by moving physical story-board pieces which trigger edits on a large screen. This experience combines physically editing film and digital editing on screen. You will be able to play your story on the large screen once you have completed editing, and then take your story home via your Lens.

Create your own edit line
The blocks used in the Edit Line at ACMI - photograph by Gareth Sobey

Foley Studio

Foley is the art of sound. Since radio days, Foley artists have used unique methods and materials, like crumpled celluloid for forest floors, to create the soundscapes of films, TV shows and videogames. Now you'll get the same chance to add strange and wonderful sound effects to memorable scenes from Round the Twist and Li’l Elvis and the Truckstoppers.

Create your own soundscape
The various sounds objects used in the Foley Room - Gareth Sobey

Memory Garden

Take a stroll through this beautiful interactive and immersive display of Australian home videos from the ACMI collection. Beams of light are projected from the ceiling that animate when you hold out your hands. These digitised home movies from the 1930s connect stories from our past to our present.

Hold screen stories in your hands
Memory Garden at ACMI

Shadow Play

Shadow Play mirrors your own movements to demonstrate how these elemental building blocks can shape fables, myths and legends. Remember making shadow puppets as a kid? Just like that. Drawing on the history of shadow play and puppetry, your shadows morph to form fantastical creatures and characters like monsters, spirits, royalty, knights and clowns in mysterious locations from the natural world and antiquity.

Play with shadows and movement
Wayang shadow puppet

Flip Book

The flip book is one of the most basic and popular early forms of moving image animation. Enter a simple booth where you are able to perform for the camera which will capture your image to create a flip book. You can then buy your personalised flip books in the ACMI Shop – just present your lens at the counter.

Create your own flip book
Flip Book at ACMI  - photograph by Gareth Sobey

The Story of the Moving Image

Visit our free centrepiece exhibition

Journey through the past, present and future of the moving image through interactive experiences, digital innovation and captivating stories.

About the exhibition