ACMI – Screen Worlds

Interactive, informative, engaging and entertaining – Screen Worlds is a FREE exhibition space tucked away in ACMI, the Australian Centre for the Moving Image.

Where: Federation Square, Swanston Street Melbourne.  Visit

When:  daily 10am – 5pm (except Christmas day)

Cost:  FREE

ACMI is a gallery space, cinema, a library for the moving image, a museum and also a studio!  Screen Worlds is the permanent exhibition space – it has so much to offer that you really need to visit a few times to explore all the corners.

If you are interested in the history of the moving image, Screen Worlds celebrates both the technology and the creative behind cinema, TV and video gaming – from its humble beginnings 110 years ago right through to as we know it today.

The concept of light and image are explored in fun ways using zoetropes and light boxes – allowing kids (and adults) to explore some illusions used in cinematography.  Coupled with displays from many classic (and current) Australian films and TV shows.

Immi (10) and her friend loved completing the Kids’ Screen Worlds Animation Trail – a booklet that is completed with stickers and has the kids finding different characters hiding within the exhibition.  Along the way they discover some of the history behind animation.

Add to that the Games Lab – and the kids will literally want to stay here for hours!  During school holidays there is always a free holiday activity happening in the foyer (April 2016) and upstairs is the ACMI Cafe & Bar which is a great spot for a coffee or a meal.