Academy Museum of Motion Pictures

And the Academy Awards museum goes to…2021

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California’s Academy Museum of Motion Pictures will now open in April 2021 due to the disruption caused by the coronavirus outbreak.

Selected to coincide with the 93rd Oscars ceremony, April 30th is the new opening date for the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures.

The space designed by architect Renzo Piano was due to open this year, but visitors have been forced to wait a little longer to explore its 50,000 square feet of exhibition galleries, two theatres, interactive education studio and rooftop terrace with views of the Hollywood Hills.

“We have been eagerly awaiting the moment when we can share the Academy Museum with movie lovers everywhere,” says Bill Kramer, director of the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures.

“With the unprecedented and devastating pandemic happening around the world and our commitment first and foremost to the health and safety of our visitors and staff, we have made the difficult decision to wait a few more months to open our doors.

“Thankfully, with Covid-19 safety protocols in place, exhibitions continue to be installed. We look forward to April 2021 when Los Angeles and the world will be able to join together as the Academy celebrates the Oscars and the opening of its long-dreamed-of Museum.”

It was announced in January that the Museum had received over $368 million in its pursuit of a $388 million pre-opening campaign goal. This represented the culmination of an eight-year fundraising campaign headed by chair Bob Iger and co-chairs Annette Bening and Tom Hanks.