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.
Wheelchairs: If you use a wheelchair you can access all our spaces. If you need to borrow a wheelchair for use inside our Museum, present your ID at the Tickets & Information Desk (located at Ground floor and Level 1 respectively) and we’ll organise one for you free of charge.
Hearing loops: Present your ID at the Tickets and Information desks (G and L1) to borrow free hearing devices for the ACMI Cinemas and Studios. The devices come with headphones or connect with hearing aids via a neck loop. You get to choose what you prefer.
Relaxed Visits and Audio Described Tours available.
Entrances: ACMI has two entrances: one on Flinders Street, and the other on the Fed Square side, in the heart of Fed Square plaza, opposite the Big Screen. Please be aware that the Fed Square entrance is cobblestoned and may be difficult to navigate for visitors using mobility aids. The Fed Square entrance is easily accessible via a wheelchair ramp.
Lifts: A series of lifts (or elevators) offer access to all levels of ACMI. Just look out for temporary signage about capacity; it might be limited to support social distancing.
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