The Academy Museum will be the world’s premier institution dedicated to the art and science of movies. Located on Wilshire and Fairfax in Los Angeles, the Museum will be simultaneously immersive, experimental, educational, and entertaining. More than a museum, this dynamic film center will offer unparalleled experiences and insights into movies and moviemaking.
This long-term exhibition will give visitors behind-the-scenes insights into the history of movies and moviemaking by immersing them in a cinematic world. The exhibition unfolds over 30,000 square feet on two floors of the Museum and combines evocative settings, key objects from the Academy’s unparalleled collections, and an array of projected multi-screen film presentations as we invite you to go inside the movies.
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The Museum will open with Hayao Miyazaki, presented in collaboration with the filmmaker’s Studio Ghibli and the first major exhibition of his work presented in the United States. This exhibition will be followed by Regeneration: Black Cinema 1900–1970 (Fall 2020), a groundbreaking exhibition that reveals the important and largely unrecognized history of African-American filmmakers in the development of American cinema and explores African-American representation in the motion picture from its advent until the civil rights era.
The Museum’s 34-foot high project space will open with Transcending Boundaries, a major work by the Tokyo-based interdisciplinary art collective teamLab. Additional exhibitions will include Making of: The Wizard of Oz, an immersive space that takes a look behind the curtain of the iconic film, and a history of the Academy Awards and an Oscars® experience.
Pritzker Prize-winning architect Renzo Piano’s design for the Museum gives visitors a unique opportunity to peer behind the screen and into the creative, collaborative world of moviemaking. The fully restored Saban Building will feature six dynamic stories, including galleries, the 288-seat Ted Mann Theater, a restaurant and café, a store, and public and special event spaces. A new soaring spherical addition includes the 1,000-seat state-of-the-art David Geffen Theater, which will host a range of performances, screenings, premieres, and events with the world’s leading filmmakers. Located atop the glass-covered sphere, the Dolby Family Terrace offers sweeping views of the Hollywood Hills.
The Academy Museum will draw from the unparalleled collection of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, which includes more than 12 million photographs, 190,000 film and video assets, 80,000 screenplays, 61,000 posters, 20,000 production and costume design drawings, and 104,000 pieces of production art.
The Academy Museum has actively been acquiring three-dimensional motion picture objects since 2008. Its holdings now number approximately 2,500 items representing motion picture technology, costume design, production design, makeup, and hairstyling.
Learn more about director Sean Baker’s gift to the collection.