A wide shot of ACMI's centrepiece exhibition seen through coloured glass, with a vintage camera, a still from Trip to the Moon (1902) projected on glass, and various interactives.
A wide shot of ACMI's centrepiece exhibition seen through coloured glass, with a vintage camera, a still from Trip to the Moon (1902) projected on glass, and various interactives.
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Image credit: Phoebe Powell

ACMI & Description Victoria present

Story of the Moving Image: Audio Described Tour

Exhibition

Explore our centrepiece exhibition, The Story of the Moving Image, in a tour designed for visitors who are blind or have low vision.

Created in collaboration with Description Victoria, this tour utilises audio-description and tactile resources.

Tickets are intended for visitors who are blind or have low vision. Visitors may be accompanied by as many carers or companions as desired and they do not require a ticket.

About the exhibition

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

From the first projections and optical illusions to the birth of film and beyond, moving images have the power to spark imagination, share stories and shape history. Discover how inventors, innovators and artists at the turn of the 20th century wielded light, split time and captured motion, heralding a technological revolution that continues today.

Featuring ancient shadow puppets, Victorian-era magic lanterns, original cameras, iconic costumes, movie sets, sketches, clips and contemporary art, The Story of the Moving Image traverses time, countries and cultures in a mesmerising exploration of an art form that changed the world and illuminated our collective humanity.

Five distinct sections frame the major moments in moving image history, including the origins and future of cinema, production design and the creative process, Australian culture and stories, the rise of videogames, and how screens inform, influence and empower us.

These stages come to life through interactive experiences that let you animate shadows, craft optical toys, experiment with time, assemble film scenes and create soundscapes in a custom Foley studio.

These moments can be collected with the Lens, a free tool that collects your favourite objects, artworks and creations in the exhibition. It also animates the Constellation, connecting what you collected to the cosmos of screen content outside ACMI.

When

More dates coming soon

Tickets

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Where

ACMI, Fed Square

How to get there

Display changes

From Thursday 3 February, some displays in The Story of the Moving Image will be closed as we prepare new objects to be presented – but don't worry, there's still plenty to see.

COVIDSafe measures

Before you visit, read about the health measures we have put in place to keep our staff and visitors safe from COVID-19.

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Vintage videogames coming soon

From February, Games Lab Presented by Big Ant Studios will be showcasing six playable vintage videogames including the first VFL/AFL game ever created, Aussie Rules Footy (1991), and International Cricket (1992), where players can bat, bowl and field to their pixelated heart’s content

Also featured are Flight of the Amazon Queen (1995), The Dame Was Loaded (1995), Shadowrun (1993) and Xena: Girls Just Wanna Have Fun (1999). Find and play them in The Story of the Moving Image.

Interactive Experiences at The Story of the Moving Image, ACMI: Games Lab. Image credit: Shannon McGrath

Exhibition highlights

Take the exhibition home

Collect your favourite objects in the exhibition with your Lens and explore your personal collection online anytime, anywhere.

What is the Lens?
A closeup of the ACMI Lens in action

Plan your visit

Read our COVIDSafe visitor guidelines, information on accessibility, amenities, transport, dining options and more.

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Stories and Ideas from the exhibition

Go even deeper

The Story of the Moving Image online experience

Discover how screen culture has shaped who we are, how we see ourselves and how the world sees us.

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