Academy Museum of Motion Pictures will become a cultural landmark

Academy Museum of Motion Pictures becomes a We wanted to share with you information about the future visitor experience anticipated for our new museum. The nearly 300,000-square-foot Academy Museum of Motion Pictures will become a significant cultural landmark attracting visitors from across Southern California and around the world.

Among the museum’s offerings:

Interactive family-friendly moviemaking labs, guided discussions and structured seminars on media literacy and industry-wide topics
Screenings of works by established and emerging filmmakers
Multidisciplinary presentations by artists, craftspeople and technologists illustrating the creative collaborations behind the movies

Designed by architects Renzo Piano and Zoltan Pali, the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures will be an environmentally sensitive, adaptive reuse of the historic 1939 May Company Building anchoring the west end of the city’s Miracle Mile on the campus of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA). It will feature six levels of exhibition and programming spaces.

The museum design includes:

More than 30,000 square feet of flexible exhibition galleries
A 15,000-square-foot landscaped public piazza that will serve as a gathering space for visitors and connect the museum with the LACMA campus
Special event spaces for groups of up to 1,000 people and a rooftop terrace with views of the Los Angeles basin and Hollywood hills
Slated to open in 2017, the museum will be located on two major bus lines and across the street from the upcoming Metro Purple Line subway station.

To date, the museum’s capital campaign has raised more than half of its goal of $300 million for building construction and exhibition development. The campaign is chaired by Bob Iger and co-chaired by Annette Bening and Tom Hanks.

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