The Academy Museum of Motion Pictures—located in the historic May Company building in the Miracle Mile neighborhood of Los Angeles— will be the world’s premier institution devoted to exploring the art and science of movies and moviemaking. Designed by Pritzker-Prize winning architect Renzo Piano, the museum will consist of a major renovation to the 1930s Streamline Moderne May Company building plus a soaring spherical addition that will house a 1,000-seat theater. Visitors to the museum will experience the magic of cinema and the creative, collaborative process of filmmaking.
The Academy Museum will feature six stories of dynamic spaces, including more than 50,000 square feet of immersive exhibition galleries, a state-of-the-art education studio, two film and performance theaters, a restaurant and café, and dynamic public and special event spaces.
Message from the Director
"From the earliest attempts to capture motion on film in the nineteenth century to experiments that took the image beyond the theater screen and into three-dimensional space and now onto every screen imaginable, cinema's progression has been the result of innovation, imagination, and inspiration.
In this spirit, the Academy Museum will seek to be as imaginative and innovative as motion pictures themselves. It will attempt to inspire its visitors with the same sense of wonder and enchantment and encourage new ways of looking at the indelible role the moving image has had on the world around us. In all of its exhibitions, projects, screenings, and programs, the museum will celebrate the rich history of Hollywood and filmmaking worldwide and will take a look behind the screen at the artistry and technological creativity that have made those unforgettable cinematic moments possible.
But the museum will not only look to the past. At its core, filmmaking is a combination of many art forms—theater, literature, photography, painting, music, etc.—and the museum will embrace this interdisciplinary approach by working with groundbreaking artists in all of these fields, as well as with other cultural institutions in Los Angeles and beyond, to help create its future."
–Kerry Brougher, Director, Academy Museum of Motion Pictures
Academy Museum Administration
Director of the Academy Museum
Managing Director, Advancement and External Affairs
Managing Director, Creative Content and Programming