During this year’s Academy Awards ceremony at the Dolby Theatre, LA, Tom Hanks announced to the audience and viewers around the world, that the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures will open on Monday14 December, 2020. Tom Hanks will be a museum trustee and co-chair of the Academy Museum campaign, along with Annette Benning, and chair, Bob Iger.
Major construction has already begun on the museum, designed by world renowned architect, Renzo Piano, and will be located on Los Angeles’s Miracle Mile. The Academy Museum recently announced that it has reached the 95% mark in its $388 million pre-opening campaign, and installation of four floors of immersive exhibitions is now underway.
The museum will be the world’s premier institution dedicated to the art and science of movies. But it promises to be much more than a museum; this dynamic film centre will offer unparalleled experiences and insights into film and filmmaking. The historic Saban Building, formerly known as the May Company building (1939) at the corner of Wilshire Boulevard and Fairfax is being restored. Planned spaces include a 288-seat Ted Mann Theatre, the Shirley Temple Education Studio, special event spaces, conservation areas, a cafe, and store. The new spherical addition will connect to the Saban Building via glass bridges and will feature the state-of-the-art David Geffen Theatre and the rooftop Dolby Family Terrace with its panoramic views of the Hollywood Hills.
Commenting on the evening’s announcement, Ron Meyer, chair of the Academy Museum Board of Trustees and Vice Chairman of NBCUnivesal, said: “This is a museum that only the Academy could create; exciting and illuminating, historic and contemporary. We look forward to sharing the global reach of cinema”.
The Academy Museum has been actively acquiring three-dimensional motion picture objects since 2008 resulting in approximately 5,000 items representing motion picture technology, costume design, production design, makeup, hairstyling, and promotional materials. The Museum will also draw from the unparalleled collection of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, which contains a vast range of motion picture production and historical objects and technology, including more than 12.5 million photographs, 237,000 film and video assets, 85,000 screenplays, 65,500 posters, and 133,000 pieces of production art,
For further information please visit: https://www.oscars.org/museum