Visitors to the museum will experience the magic of cinema and the creative, collaborative process of filmmaking through the lens of those who make it. Built in Los Angeles, the movie capital of the world, the museum will be housed in the renovated and expanded May Company—now the Saban Building—on Wilshire Boulevard and a distinctive spherical addition designed by Pritzker Prize-winning architect Renzo Piano with Renzo Piano Building Workshop.
The 300,000-square-foot museum will feature more than 50,000 square feet of gallery space for both a highly immersive permanent exhibition and a schedule of diverse temporary exhibitions, two film and performance theaters, a state-of-the-art education studio, and dynamic spaces for public and special events.
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, and promotional materials.
The Museum will also draw from the unparalleled collection of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, which contains a vast range of motion picture production and history- related objects and technology, works on paper, and still and moving images covering the history of motion pictures in the United States and throughout the world. The collections include more than 12 million photographs, 190,000 film and video assets, 80,000 screenplays, 61,000 posters, and 104,000 pieces of production art. Highlights feature more than 1,600 special collections of film legends such as Cary Grant, Katharine Hepburn, Alfred Hitchcock, and John Huston.
Wilshire & Fairfax, Los Angeles, CA.
The new Academy Museum will be an important addition to Miracle Mile’s culturalhub, which includes the nearby Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), the Petersen Automotive Museum, La Brea Tar Pits & Museum, and the Craft and Folk Art Museum (CAFAM).
The Museum will offer parking in a variety of local garages and be accessible by bicycle and several Metro bus lines: the 20 and 720 on Wilshire, and 217, 2817, and 780 on Fairfax. All bus stops are within close proximity to the Museum. In 2023, Metro’s Purple Line Extension will add a new station at Wilshire and Fairfax.