Lonely Planet review
Managing to educate, enthrall and entertain in equal parts, ACMI is a visual feast that pays homage to Australian cinema and TV, offering an insight into the modern-day Australian psyche perhaps like no other museum can. Its floating screens don't discriminate against age, with TV shows, games and movies on-call – making it a great place to waste a day watching TV and not feel guilty about it. Free tours are conducted daily at 11am and 2.30pm.
Screenworld is the main focus here, an interactive exhibition that celebrates the work of Australian cinema and TV; its exhibitions, games lab and zoetrope will interest anyone, whether they’re clued in about Dexter from Perfect Match or not. Upstairs, you’ll find the Australian Mediatheque , a venue set aside for the viewing of programs from the National Film and Sound Archive and ACMI, the perfect hideaway on a rainy day. Mini-festivals of cinema classics and the occasional Pixar blockbuster are screened throughout the year; also keep an eye out for Melbourne Cinémathèque screenings.