Are you looking for a museum experience the whole family can enjoy? We have found it right here in Melbourne at the Australian Centre for the Moving Image.( ACMI) Located at Federation Square, across the road from the famous Flinders Street Station, ACMI has something for everyone in the family.
We spent a whole day at ACMI and with its changing exhibitions and movies its a place you can return to, again and again.
We were guest of ACMI and all opinions and experiences are our own.
Here is our perfect ACMI itinerary that you can enjoy too.
To watch all our adventures head here.
Arrive at ACMI via a few options to suit your needs. It has great public transport links with trains, trams and buses all departing and arriving within close proximity. We chose to drive and then park down by the National Gallery as there is some 4 hour accessible spots. Sometimes with Coopers power chair driving a little easier! Parking is also available onsite.
10.00am. ACMI opens.
ACMI has two entrances on Flinders street and through Federation Square. Both are accessible however the Flinders street one is your best bet. Tickets for exhibitions can be purchased right at the desk on entry.
Some exhibitions require a ticket and some are free. For more information head here.
10.30am Movie Time.
With two cinemas there are some great shows from Contemporary, Classic, Independent and Australian films. We saw a movie called Nativity that was perfect for the whole family. It made us all smile and laugh and me cry! Access to the cinema is via a lift and wheelchair users can sit at the front or the back with designated companion seats too.
12 noon. Lunchtime.
The AMCI cafe and bar is located on Level one at the Fed Square entrance. Lots of seating inside and outside with a great wide range menu. We enjoyed the burgers, sliders and dips. Woody recommends the milkshakes.
1.30pm-3pm Wallace and Gromit and friends.
My kids loved this exhibition and learning all about claymation. They have been enjoying doing stop motions at home and this really enhanced their experience by learning how the sets work and just how long it really takes! We loved seeing the amazing sets and some of our favourite characters from Chicken Run and Pirates! This exhibition is located in the Gallery which is accessible via a lift or stairs. They also have a cloak room. My kids would have stayed here all day if they could as they loved making their own clay characters and making their own animations. Staff were really engaged and helpful in supporting the kids with their creations.
3pm-5pm. Screen Worlds.
This is a permanent Free exhibition on the ground level of ACMI. There are lots of activities to choose from and engage with. I loved seeing and learning about the history of TV and film and introducing the kids to characters like Dexter from Perfect match! It’s a great way to wind down your day as the kids play some minecraft, learn about “olden days” TV and how things have changed over the years.
There are some great new exhibitions coming up in the new year so make sure you add ACMI to your list when you are next exploring Melbourne. They also hold some great school holiday workshops including a sleepover and family claymation experience. You can also become an ACMI member to receive discounted tickets for exhibitions, movies and parking.