Melbourne ACMI Museum

After our day down at the beach fighting off seagulls we decided to head to the ACMI museum to immerse ourselves in the world of film and TV.

On our way we did finally give in and indulge in some bubble milk tea which was on offer, buy one get one free. We’d seen this offer throughout the week but were never up in time. So today is a real treat for us. We may also played a quick game of how many bubbles I could get into my mouth… somewhere in-between twenty a thirty…

We also finished off our baguette and cream cheese before heading into the museum. This did involve fighting off some seagulls. We saw a guy with his partner and young child feed some seagulls which proved to be a huge mistake on their part as at least ten seagulls surrounded them wanting more. We were glad to move away from them and into the museum.

The ACMI Museum is Australia’s national museum of film, TV, video games, art and digital culture, so in other words fun! The museum is free for the permanent museum exhibitions. They currently have a paid exhibition on Wallace & Gromit and Friends: the Magic of Aardman which sadly our budget wouldn’t stretch to.

We absolutely loved this museum! The exhibition begins with the beginning of moving pictures to today’s film and TV. The car from the original Mad Max was there as well as Cate Blanchett’s oscar. There is also a games lab where we tried our hand at Minecraft before moving on to the interactive sections.

There’s a screen which you stand behind and every movement is turned into an animation.

A recording room where your movements are recorded and played back with effects added on. We spent a good forty minutes in this room.

And then there’s the matrix pod where the room has cameras dotted all around in a circle to capture your movement in slow motion and from every angle.

When we finally managed to pull ourselves from the interactive section we made our way to the Mediatheque where they have a huge selection of short films. We watched two short films before the museum closed. A day well spent! A definite must for any film, TV or video games fan.

An interesting fact, in the Aboriginal culture they do not talk about their dead so any film, short film or TV programme include a note at the beginning to say that the clips may include footage or names of people who have passed.

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