What the Academy Museum Means For Los Angeles

Celebrating our Hometown Industry

The Academy Museum of Motion Pictures will be a significant and vital addition to the cultural landscape of Los Angeles—a city that has developed alongside the creation of our motion pictures industry. The Academy Museum will be the first in the nation dedicated solely to the art, craft, business, and history of movies on such a large scale. It will celebrate the industry that defines Los Angeles while providing incredible cultural, historical, and entertainment resources to Angelenos and out-of-town visitors alike. Hollywood and the film industry have shaped culture and creativity around the world, and the Museum will explore these contributions through groundbreaking exhibitions and innovative programming.

Collaborating with Academy members

From its founding in 1927, with its original 36 members, to its current international roster of more than 6,000 industry artists, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has worked to innovate, celebrate, and promote the magic and craftsmanship of cinema. The Academy Museum will draw from the immense talents and expertise of Academy Members to create a dynamic environment for visitors where the processes, challenges, and creative rewards of moviemaking come alive. From script to screen and every step in between, the storytellers who make movies will share their creative process in a personal, engaging visitor experience that pulls back the curtain on how the magic of the movies is achieved. The Museum will host Academy Members and other moviemaking professionals who will conduct technical demonstrations and master classes on the arts and sciences of film through hands-on activities and behind-the-scenes personal accounts.

Creating a Beacon for Cultural Tourism 

The Academy Museum of Motion Pictures will be the world's premier film museum and one of Los Angeles's leading cultural institutions. The entertainment capital of the world, Los Angeles has more museums and theaters than any city in the U.S. The Academy Museum will join world class museums including the Getty Center and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) in attracting visitors from all over the world. In 2014 Los Angeles had a record 36.9 million domestic and 6.5 million international visitors. The Academy Museum will provide a much needed destination for cultural tourists looking to celebrate the magic and imagination of Hollywood and the movies. More than 400,000 tourists are expected to visit the Academy Museum each year.

Embracing Sustainability, Walkability & Mass Transit

Located at the corner of Wilshire Boulevard and Fairfax Avenue, the LEED-certified Academy Museum will be in the heart of Los Angeles's Museum Row. Academy Museum visitors will be able to enjoy myriad nearby institutions within walking distance, including LACMA, the Page Museum at the La Brea Tar Pits, Petersen Automotive Museum, A+D Museum, and Craft and Folk Art Museum. Numerous dining, shopping, lodging, and nightlife options are within walking distance or a short bus ride from the Museum. The Museum will also be accessible by bicycle and several Metro bus lines: the 20 and 720 on Wilshire, and 217, 2817, and 780 on Fairfax all stop within half a block of the Museum.

In 2023 Metro's Westside Subway Extension of the Purple line will add a new station at Wilshire and Fairfax, making the Museum easily accessible to thousands of Angelenos.

Creating a Home for the Community

The Academy Museum's open piazza will be a dynamic and lively space that welcomes visitors, and seamlessly connects the Museum to the LACMA campus and beyond. The piazza will lead to the Museum lobby, which will invite visitors to explore the Museum store and the full-service café, which will serve breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The store will carry an array of items including limited-edition photographs from the Academy collection, encyclopedic books on moviemaking, and exhibition catalogues. The Museum's slate of lively public programs and demonstrations will provide opportunities for visitors to exchange ideas and dialogue in a dynamic cultural center. The Museum's galleries, theaters, screening rooms, and education center will also serve as engaging spaces for community members to gather, connect, and socialize. In addition, the Museum will have meeting rooms and common spaces that will be available for the community to use.


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