Where Jean Went For Free: Exploring ACMI Exhibitions

Did you know the Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI) has Australia’s largest public collection of moving image works? It’s got over 220,000 items in its archives – a valuable resource for researchers, filmmakers and enthusiasts. Join me as I explore their interactive exhibits showcasing the best of Australian film, television, and digital culture.

For those who prefer public transport, Flinders Street Railway Station is a short walk from the museum. Trams are also nearby. If you drive, there are parking facilities available.

Overview of ACMI

ACMI celebrates the ever-evolving art form of moving images. Through rare film screenings and retrospectives, ACMI offers valuable insight into the development of Australian filmmaking over the years.

Love Gertrude's Black dress from the movie The Dressmaker!

I Love Gertrude’s Black dress from the movie The Dressmaker!

My favourite exhibitions in ACMI 

The ACMI has an amazing collection of film memorabilia – costumes, props, and artifacts from famous movies. Take your time to explore them. Once you step inside, don’t forget to get your ACMI Lens. It is a free take-home device that lets you save the information of the artwork that you see.

The Story of the Moving Image

During the turn of the 20th century, inventors, innovators, and artists revolutionized the use of light, time, and motion, leading to the technological advancements that continue to shape our world today. This exhibition displays the advent of moving images, starting with ancient shadow puppets to the invention of the camera we use today.

The Story of the Moving Image showcases the evolution of this art form, highlighting how it has transcended time, countries, and cultures to become a universal language of expression.

As we continue to push the boundaries of technology and creativity, the legacy of these pioneering inventors, innovators, and artists lives on, fueling the ongoing evolution of the moving image and its enduring impact on our world.

Foley Sound

We had a glimpse of how to be a foley artist. Being a foley artist involves creating realistic sound effects for film and TV productions. This can include anything from footsteps and door creaks to the sound of a car engine or a thunderstorm. This was a fun activity to try! We went on a weekday to try this exhibit without the queue.

Foley artists use a variety of props and materials to mimic these sounds, and they often work closely with the sound design team to ensure that the sounds they create enhance and enrich the storytelling experience for the audience. 


Here, we indulged in classic and modern games created by local and international indie developers. The Games Lab section showcases an arcade experience that seamlessly combines consoles, creativity, and gaming culture.

This puzzle piece is one of the things that caught my eye. You mean I could’ve gotten this for only $10?!

Before leaving, visit ACMI’s gift shop to find unique souvenirs related to film and digital culture while supporting local artists.


Whether you’re passionate about film or simply curious about moving images, this centre is a must-visit destination in Melbourne. The exhibits and interactive displays provide an immersive experience. Visitors can explore the history of Australian cinema and how it has shaped national identity. The collection of films shows the development of storytelling techniques and cultural changes over time.

Nearby attractions and activities

Now we already know what ACMI offers, here are other activities you can try in Melbourne. May it be cultural experiences, outdoor activities, or a peaceful day out!

    • Walk through Hosier Lane.

    • Shop at Queen Victoria Market for fresh produce and souvenirs

    • Stroll through the Royal Botanic Gardens with its diverse flora and fauna.

    • Visit the State Library of Victoria and check out their collections

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: How can I get to the Australian Centre for the Moving Image?

A: The ACMI is located at Federation Square, right in the heart of Melbourne’s CBD. You can easily reach it by taking public transportation, such as trains or trams, to Flinders Street Station. From there, it’s just a short walk to Federation Square.

Q: What are the opening hours of ACMI?

A: ACMI is open from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM every day except for Christmas Day and Good Friday. However, please note that some exhibitions or screenings may have different opening hours, so it’s best to check their official website for specific information.

Q: Are there any admission fees for ACMI?

A: ACMI offers a range of exhibitions and experiences, some of which may have an admission fee. However, they also have free exhibitions and screenings available. It’s recommended to check their website or contact them directly to learn about current admission fees and any applicable discounts.

Q: Can I take photographs or videos inside ACMI?

A: In most cases, photography and filming is permitted for personal use within ACMI. However, certain exhibitions or installations may have restrictions on photography or filming, so it’s advisable to check signage or inquire with the staff before capturing any images or videos.

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