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The Academy Museum of Motion Pictures finally opens!

Deanna Barnert

L.A.’s newest addition to Miracle Mile celebrates the magic and history of movies

Academy Museum of Motion Pictures, Exterior.Photo by Josh White, JWPictures/©Academy Museum Foundation

(LOS ANGELES) Angelenos have been watching The Academy Museum grow and transform before our eyes, and on September 30, 2021, the doors will finally open. In addition to a host of exhibitions that dive into the history and magic of making movies, the museum offers a slate of programming in two state-of-the-art theaters, an education studio, event spaces, a restaurant and café, a museum store, and more. Opening day is already sold out, so be sure to book your visit.

“I know everyone involved in developing and opening the Academy Museum shares in my tremendous excitement at finally being able to invite the community in to explore our exhibitions and programs,” said Bill Kramer, Director and President of the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures.

Made for film lovers and industry folks alike, the Academy Museum is now the largest U.S. institution to celebrate the arts, sciences, and artists of moviemaking. It showcases approximately 8000 pieces that reflect every part of filmmaking – from technology and set pieces to costumes and promotional memorabilia. Visitors can walk under a full-sized model of Jaws himself, marvel over a Planet of the Apes gorilla head, chuckle over The Dude's robe from The Big Lebowski, and geek out over a steam-driven praxinoscope with animation strips from the early 1900s. For an extra fee, visitors can even accept their very own Oscars – via simulation, of course!

With the immersive Stories of Cinema exhibit at the center of it all, other opening exhibits includes Hayao Miyazaki, The Path to Cinema: Highlights from the Richard Balzer Collection, and Backdrop: An Invisible Art. The museum aims to continue to expand its exhibitions via the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' vast collection.

The epic 300,000 square-foot campus at the corner of Wilshire and Fairfax is sure to become a hotbed of industry events like the opening gala on September 25, but it also aims to welcome all lovers of the film with public programming. The 1,000-seat David Geffen Theater and 288-seat Ted Mann Theater offer a slate of performances, lectures, panels, film series, and more – with 115 events scheduled over the next three months.

Hours, Tickets & Parking Information:

Academy Museum of Motion Pictures, Saban Building.Photo by Josh White, JWPictures/©Academy Museum Foundation

With an eye to COVID-19 safety, Academy Museum tickets will be timed for entry, and visitors are required to wear masks. Be sure to book your ticket and confirm safety protocols before making your visit.

The Academy Museum will be open Sunday thru Thursday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Fridays and Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. The immersive Oscars® Experience is open for an extra hour on each end, and some programming and events may be slated for after-hours.

Visitors will have free access to the Walt Disney Piazza and the Sidney Poitier Grand Lobby, which houses the Spielberg Family Gallery, Academy Museum Store, and Fanny’s restaurant and café.

General admission tickets are required to enter the exhibitions mentioned above. Prices are $25 for adults, $19 for seniors (age 62+), and $15 for students. Admission is free for visitors under 18 and California residents with an EBT card. The immersive Oscars® Experience requires an additional $15 ticket.

There are also membership options, ranging in price from $100 for individual membership to a $1000 patron level.

With the massive complex taking up the corner of Wilshire and Fairfax, public parking is available in several surrounding Miracle Mile museum parking lots, as well along 6th Street. There are also bike racks and a drop-off zone off of Fairfax, with a new Purple Line metro station slated to open right outside the museum in 2023.

You can book tickets, review the calendar of events, and learn more about The Academy Museum via its website.

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Deanna Barnert is a Los Angeles native and entertainment journalist with thousands of news stories, features and profiles published internationally. A member of the Television Critics Association, she’s written for "Emmy" magazine, MSN.com and SheKnows.com, served as News Editor for "Soaps In Depth," and interviewed some of your favorite stars and creators. A true Angeleno, Deanna knows L.A. is the best place to live... and the worst! She made her hometown more accessible to newcomers via her contribution to "The Complete Resident’s Guide to Los Angeles" and its pocket mini, "The Essential Tourist Guide" -- and now she's doing it for NewsBreak! Deanna is an avid traveler who lived in Madrid, Spain, for two years and did some time in NYC, but she always comes home. Check out what Deanna’s doing now by following @TVDeeva on social media.

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