Visit our centrepiece exhibition The Story of the Moving Image exhibition at ACMI, Fed Square - person looking at living room diorama - photo by Adam Gibson
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ACMI presents

The Story of the Moving Image

Our new centrepiece exhibition

Exhibition

COVID-19 update

Ticket sales for The Story of The Moving Image are currently paused.

Following the latest advice from the Victorian Government and the release of Victoria’s Roadmap to deliver the National Plan, ACMI at Fed Square remains temporarily closed. Unfortunately, all onsite museum visits, events, programs and screenings up until Friday 5 November will be postponed or cancelled. 

We wish our extended ACMI community well during this challenging time. Look after yourself, and each other.   

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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

Reopening soon

Tickets

Ticket sales for this exhibition are currently paused.

Where

ACMI, Fed Square

How to get there

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Relaxed visit

We give visitors with ASD or sensory sensitivities a chance to explore our incredible new exhibition in an environment that suits them.

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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 & Ideas from the exhibition

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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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