Woman peering into the Blackmagic Design Media Preservation Lab at ACMI
Woman peering into the Blackmagic Design Media Preservation Lab at ACMI
Blackmagic Design Media Preservation Lab (credit: Shannon McGrath)

Presented with Open House Melbourne

Behind the Scenes Tour: Blackmagic Design Media Preservation Lab




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COVID-19 update

Following the latest advice from the Victorian Government ACMI remains temporarily closed. Unfortunately, all museum visits and events booked until Tues 27 July inclusive will be cancelled. We look forward to welcoming you back to ACMI soon. Look after yourself, and each other. 


Go behind the walls of our museum to uncover how we preserve and care for over 250,000 artefacts.

Visit our groundbreaking Blackmagic Design Media Preservation Lab and explore the work of ACMI’s Collection team as they care for the over 250,000 film, videogames, artworks, home movies and stills in our collection. On this exclusive tour, you'll meet members of our conservation team and discover their world-leading, crucial work of time-based media conservation and digitisation.

Presented to coincide with the Open House Melbourne Weekend


Free (booking required)

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When & where

Tours at 11am, 11.30am, 12pm, 12.30pm and 1pm

Running for 20 minutes in groups of 12

Meet at the ticket desk near the Fed Square entrance on Level 1.

How to get to ACMI

About the Blackmagic Design Media Preservation Lab

We’ve been collecting film, videogames, artworks, home movies, stills and press kits – as well as a huge range of other paraphernalia – for over 75 years, ever since ACMI was conceived as a film lending and education organisation known as the State Film Centre. Inside the Blackmagic Design Media Preservation Lab, our staff and collaborators are digitising our film and time-based media collections, assessing physical artefacts from our videogame collection and film donations, as well as conducting hours of quality assessment work on our born-digital works to make the collection accessible onsite and online.

The Blackmagic Design Media Preservation Lab is a first of its kind facility dedicated to preserving Australia’s analogue past while ensuring its digital present is accessible for generations to come.

Media preservation device in the Blackmagic Media Preservation Lab - Shannon McGrath

Find out more about ACMI's Collection & Preservation

Don't miss our Living Cities Film Series (22 Jul – 3 Aug)

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Book a table at Hero

As well as great coffee and snacks, our new restaurant features a seasonally driven menu developed by acclaimed Melbourne chef, Karen Martini.

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