Academy Museum of Motion Pictures Opened September, 2021

highlights from the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures


After a bit of a COVID-related delay, the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures (think THE Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences) opened on September 30th. The first large-scale museum in the United States to be devoted to the history, science and cultural impact of the movie industry is built within the May Company building described as an example of Streamline Moderne architecture.

What’s Streamline Moderne, you ask? It’s related to the much loved but only briefly popular Art Deco, only with a more aerodynamic twist making it more sleek and streamlined. After a generous donation by the Saban family, the building was renamed the Saban building.

Inside the museum are two theaters for screenings and performances, but the heart of the museum is its collection of over 13 million (yes, you read that correctly) objects ranging from costumes to screenplays. Enjoy exhibits about important movie-makers and their productions. Another focuses on Mount Rushmore and its significance. In addition will be time-limited exhibits.

Coming soon is a exposition sure to be eye-opening… History of Black American filmmakers and their influence on American cinema and by extension American culture. Called Regeneration, it covers 1898 through 1971 and seeks to redefine US film history by elevating this underrepresented aspect of artistic production and presenting a more inclusive story

Open daily however advanced reservations must be made online and required to explore the museum’s offerings. Adults are $25, Seniors $19, College Students $15 and Children younger than 17 are free. This is an accessible museum with caregivers of visitors with disabilities admitted free with special booking of tickets. Email for information.

Note: There is an additional charge to see their special The Oscars® Experience

Address: 6067 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036. Phone: (323) 930-3000




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