Whenever I’m in Melbourne I love popping into the ACMI. There is always something interesting happening and the latest exhibition, The Story of the Moving Image, was particularly appealing to this movie and television buff. I love learning about behind the scenes and movie production so I happily whiled away a couple of hours on my recent stay. The ACMI is wheelchair accessible and offers relaxed visits and audio described tours as well.
ACMI – The Story of the Moving Image
The ACMI invites visitors to journey through the past, present and future of the moving image through a range of interactive experiences. I certainly felt lots of nostalgia for my childhood and from various eras since in this exhibition.
There is an overwhelming amount of information to take in so it’s wonderful to see the ACMI has come up with an innovative way for visitors to take that information home with them.
On arrival visitors are encouraged to pick up a free Lens (the disc pictured above in my hand) and this simple piece of cardboard is used to keep track of your favourite objects, artworks and creations in the exhibition to learn more about them when you get home via your unique code. Visitors simply place the small disc on the information panel to register interest in the information. If you keep your lens you can look at the information at your leisure. I visited early in March and only recently logged in to read more about the various exhibitions I was interested in. It’s a really cool way of being able to reference information when you have more time or if you forget details. I always find it hard to take everything in during a short visit.
The exhibition is set out in five sections which allow visitors to learn more about the history of moving image, production design and the creative process.
The extensive collection includes shadow puppets and demonstrates the basics of animation.
Featuring Victorian-era magic lanterns, original cameras, iconic costumes, movie sets, sketches, clips and contemporary art, The Story of the Moving Image provides a wonderful insight into an art form that’s celebrated and enjoyed around the world.
Gamers will love the portion of the exhibition dedicated to the history of gaming. This offers plenty of hands-on opportunities to try your gaming skills.
The various gaming stations are set at a good height for wheelchair users.
ACCESSIBILITY AT ACMI MELBOURNE
Ramp access is provided to the entry of ACMI.
The ACMI is located at Federation Square in the heart of Melbourne’s CBD and is on one level. It provides plenty of room for wheelchair users to explore and access the various exhibitions.
Check with the ACMI if you would like to know about their relaxed sessions which are offered on set dates and occur prior to general opening, offering a dedicated quiet room and reduced visitor numbers.
Audio described sessions are also offered, but again you’ll need to contact ACMI to obtain further details about availability.
A unisex stand-alone accessible bathroom is located within ACMI.
ACMI is always worth a visit and I love the free exhibition that is currently there, The Story of the Moving Image. There’s something for all ages and plenty of hands-on opportunities. If you visit make sure you grab a Lens to gather information to read more when you get home. This for me is a super cool element to the visit and something I’d love to see adopted by other museums and art galleries. It’s impossible to remember everything when there is just so much great information. It could also be really handy for school assignments.
You can find out more about ACMI and The Story of the Moving Image on their website.