A Museum for Movie Lovers

Peek behind the silver screen to see artifacts from classic films and more.

Los Angeles’s Academy Museum of Motion Pictures—the largest U.S. institution devoted to movies and moviemaking—opens September 30 after more than a year of COVID-related delays. Designed by Pritzker Prize–winning architect Renzo Pianothe 50,000-square foot museum will offer six floors of gallery space.

Drawing from the vast collections of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the $482 million facility will feature 8,000 items, such as the gorilla soldier head from Planet of the Apes, the only surviving full-size shark model for Jaws, Oscar award statuettes that have been donated back to the Academy, Judy Garland’s ruby slippers from The Wizard of Oz, and the bathrobe worn by Jeff Bridges in The Big Lebowski. The facility’s 1,000-seat David Geffen Theater will present major films, and the 288-seat Ted Mann Theater will offer Saturday matinees for children. 

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The museum—which will be open seven days a week and will sell timed admission tickets—incorporates a 250-seat restaurant as well as 2,600 square feet of retail space featuring Oscar memorabilia and other film-related items. Tours for the deaf and blind will be offered as will family film screenings for neurodivergent viewers.