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11 April 2018

Melbourne’s Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI) is set for a visionary multi-million-dollar makeover which will transform it into one of the world’s most innovative museums.


Photo: Renee Stamatis

The 2018-19 State Budget includes a $36.6 million allocation for the renewal project which will overhaul ACMI’s permanent exhibition, dramatically improve the visitor experience, integrate cutting-edge technology and expand ACMI’s educational offer.

ACMI is Australia’s only museum of film, television, video games, digital culture and art. It is the most visited museum of its kind in the world and the most visited attraction at Melbourne’s Federation Square.

However, the museum, which opened in 2002, is ripe for a refresh. Its vision is limited by the site’s physical constraints, and the free centrepiece Screen Worlds exhibition, which has delighted 4.6 million visitors will be a decade old in 2019 and needs urgent renewal to keep pace with the massive shifts in screen technologies.

The renewal, which is expected to be completed by mid 2020 , will include:

  • a new free permanent exhibition
  • playable and interactive experiences
  • state of the art education spaces
  • screen industry labs to inspire the next generation
  • a media preservation lab to keep our past alive
  • our cinemas presenting the very best of screen culture from Australia and around the world
  • a contemporary café and bar
  • a revitalised shop devoted to art and culture
  • groundbreaking technology allowing you to take your favourite bits of ACMI home

ACMI will close in mid-2019 to undergo this major redevelopment. It will also embed interactive and immersive technologies across the museum to create a high impact, entirely new visitor experience.

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