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Academy Museum of Motion Pictures

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    Photograph: ©Academy Museum FoundationAerial shot of the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures.
  2. Bruce from Jaws
    Photograph: Time Out/Michael Juliano
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    Photograph: Courtesy Joshua White, JWPictures/©Academy Museum FoundationAcademy Awards History gallery, Stories of Cinema 2, Academy Museum of Motion Pictures.
  4. E.T. at the Academy Museum
    Photograph: Time Out/Michael Juliano
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    Photograph: Courtesy Josh White, JWPictures/©Academy Museum FoundationAcademy Museum of Motion Pictures, Saban Building.
  6. May Queen dress from Midsommar
    Photograph: Time Out/Michael Juliano
  7. Mount Rushmore backdrop from North by Northwest
    Photograph: Time Out/Michael Juliano
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    Photograph: Courtesy Iwan Baan/©Iwan Baan Studios, Courtesy Academy Museum FoundationAcademy Museum of Motion Pictures
  9. Academy Museum gift shop
    Photograph: Courtesy Matt Petit / ©Academy Museum Foundation
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Time Out says

The history of moviemaking finally has a home in Los Angeles with the arrival of the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures. Located next to LACMA in the Wilshire May Company buildling and in a new and expanded space designed by Pulitzer Prize-winning architect Renzo Piano, the museum features four full floors of gallery space, two theaters (including a 1,000-seat space in that giant glassy sphere) a restaurant and a gift shop.

RECOMMENDED: Check out our full guide to the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures.

The collection includes the sorts of cinematic treasures you’d expect from the people who put on the Oscars: the Rosebud sled for Citizen Kane, Dorothy’s ruby red slippers, R2-D2 and C-3PO, the Dude’s robe from The Big Lebowski, the sole surviving shark from Jaws and the flowery May Queen dress from Midsommar, among many others. You’ll also find a revolving set of galleries dedicated to specific creators and industry crafts.

As for special exhibitions (which are included in general admission), the museum opens with a retrospective of legendary Studio Ghibli director and animator Hayao Miyazaki, followed by “Regeneration: Black Cinema 1898–1971,” which explores nearly a century of contributions from Black artists. 

Timed reservations are required and available via the museum’s website and smartphone app. Tickets (which include admission to all exhibitions) cost $25 for adults, $19 for seniors (62 and up), $15 for students, and are free for visitors 17 and younger and CA residents with an EBT card. An immersive installation dubbed the Oscars Experience costs an additional $15. Outdoor public areas and the lobby (which includes the small Spielberg Family Gallery) are free to access.

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Address:
8949 Wilshire Blvd
Los Angeles
90211
Price:
$25, seniors (62 and up) $19, students $15, free for visitors 17 and younder and CA residents with an EBT card; Oscars Experience installation $15
Opening hours:
Sun–Thu 10am–6pm; Fri, Sat 10am–8pm
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Regeneration: Black Cinema 1898–1971

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Though you can linearly chart decades of Oscars winners, you can’t really do the same with the history of cinema: There are many stories that have pushed the medium forward, as the Academy Museum’s collection spells out. That’s particularly true for the L.A. film museum’s second-ever special exhibition, an essential and energetic display that spotlights an entire century of often-overlooked filmmaking and demonstrates that Black artists have been a vital part of cinema since its inception. A collaboration with Washington, D.C.’s National Museum of African American History and Culture, “Regeneration” uses posters, costumes and film clips to dive into the works of Black actors, directors and production companies from the birth of the motion picture industry through the Civil Rights era. The exhibition (which kicks off with a screening series of the same era) spans across seven galleries and is arranged roughly chronologically, starting with vaudeville and race films (movies made for Black audiences by Black actors) into a complex era of Hollywood musicals, through a political awakening in moviemaking and right up to the dawn of Blaxploitation films. Along the way you’ll see everything from Louis Armstrong’s trumpet to footage of Josephine Baker at the Folies Bergère to Sidney Poitier’s Oscar. But our absolute favorite thing on display is a 1939 Mills Panoram movie jukebox that screens a series of “soundies”—basically a colorful wooden cabinet with short-form musical films on a

John Waters: Pope of Trash

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See how the Hairspray and Pink Flamingos writer and director’s delightfully filthy style has redefined the possibilities of independent cinema—as well as what exactly goes into making an indie movie—during this career-spanning exhibition at the Academy Museum. “John Waters: The Pope of Trash” includes costumes, props, photos, handwritten scripts, correspondence and memos, scrapbooks and more. Look out for related screenings as well as an adjoining installation on the American Avant-garde and New Queer Cinema.

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