ACMI revamp to drive jobs, tourism and creativity

ACMI (Australian Centre for the Moving Image)Melbourne’s Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI) will be transformed to become one of the world’s leading museums for screen culture – attracting more visitors, creating jobs and inspiring creative talent.

Minister for Creative Industries Martin Foley today announced the Victorian Government will provide $31.6 million in the Victorian Budget 2018/19 for the biggest transformation of the Centre in its 16-year history. This funding is on top of $5 million already allocated by the Government, and an additional $5 million to be raised from philanthropic sources.

“This renewal project will only strengthen ACMI’s reputation as one of the world’s best creative experiences,” said Minister Foley. “With revamped exhibitions and ground-breaking new technology for visitors to enjoy – the new-look ACMI will be bigger, better and bolder.”

The more than $40 million project will revamp ACMI’s permanent exhibition, improve the visitor experience, support cutting-edge technology and educational programs for young creatives. The project includes:

  • redeveloping ACMI’s permanent exhibition
  • expanding the Learning Centre to cater for double the number of students
  • a new Audience Lab where the screen industry can prototype and test ideas
  • a Digital Preservation Lab to showcase the very best film and digital content
  • new interactive and immersive technologies embedded across the Centre.

“The renewal will transform ACMI into a leading global museum of the 21st century – expanding its reach and impact, and matching visitor experiences to the very best museums around the world,” said ACMI CEO Katrina Sedgwick.

The redevelopment will create around 100 jobs during construction and is expected to increase visitors by 50 per cent to around two million each year. The project is due to be finished by late next year. ACMI is Australia’s only museum of film, television, video games, digital culture and art, and the most visited attraction at Melbourne’s Federation Square. For more information, visit: for details.

Image: ACMI – Australian Centre for the Moving Image (supplied)