The sub-level of the Academy Museum will contain the bottom floor of the two-story "Making Of..." Gallery. This permanent and interactive exhibition will immerse visitors in a dynamic environment where the processes, challenges, and creative rewards of moviemaking come alive. The gallery will convey the intensity and energy of a movie set, where technical and artistic challenges are part of the excitement. From script to screen, and every step in between, the storytellers who make movies will share their creative process in a personal, engaging visitor experience that pulls back the curtain on how the magic of the movies is achieved.
The bottom floor of the double height Demonstration Stage will connect to the "Making Of..." Gallery on the sub-level. The Demonstration Stage will host Academy Members and other moviemaking professionals who will conduct technical demonstrations and master classes on the arts and sciences of film. This flexible space can be configured as both a 100-seat presentation theater and an open "sound stage" like environment for more hands-on activities. It also will allow the Academy Museum to highlight the latest technological advancements in cinema.
The ground floor of the Academy Museum will be a dynamic space that welcomes visitors. An expansive and lively public Museum Piazza at the northern end of the Museum will connect the Museum to the rest of the lacma campus as well as the community at large. The piazza will lead to the Museum lobby, which will be an active space for the Museum's community of visitors. It will contain a Café that will serve breakfast, lunch, and dinner to Museum-goers and the general public. The lobby also will contain the Museum Store which will allow visitors the opportunity to take home a piece of the Academy Museum experience. From limited-edition photographs from the Academy Collection to encyclopedic books on moviemaking, the store will enhance and extend a visit to the Museum.
From the lobby, visitors also can access the top floors of the "Making Of..." Gallery and the Demonstration Stage.
Adjacent to the "Making Of..." Gallery, a double height Touring Exhibition Gallery will present world-class traveling shows and groundbreaking special exhibitions. These exhibitions will play an important role in building a broad base of support for the Academy Museum and in attracting repeat visitors. They also will provide an opportunity to cover topics that cannot be included in-depth in the Academy Museum's permanent exhibits. Some of these exhibitions may be developed in collaboration with other cultural and educational institutions, further expanding the Academy Museum's audience and influence.
The mezzanine level of the Academy Museum will contain a vast Premiere Theater Lobby. This lively and active space will serve as an open collections gallery, a meeting place for Museum visitors and moviegoers, and as a special event venue. Majestic Red Carpet Stairs will take visitors from the Academy Museum lobby into the Premiere Theater Lobby.
The Premiere Theater Lobby will be visible to the ground floor via glass walls, creating a dynamic interplay between the two spaces. From the Premiere Theater Lobby, visitors will enter the Academy Museum's 1,000-seat Premiere Theater. The state-of-the-art theater will be in operation throughout the year, with programming that will include premieres of films from an international roster of established and emerging directors, Academy screenings, major retrospectives, in-depth symposia, and high-profile special events.
The second floor of the Academy Museum will include a vast permanent exhibition devoted to the history of the movies. The Film History Gallery will be immersive, interactive, and comprehensive. Key stories from significant moments in American and world cinema will be shared in a flexible layout—one that allows visitors to personally experience iconic objects, intriguing backstories, and the emotional journeys that movies offer. The gallery's narrative will delve into a wide variety of genres, artists, film personalities, national cinemas, technological breakthroughs, and other topics, all explored in a modular installation that can be continually refreshed and updated. Cutting-edge interfaces will provide opportunities to browse the exhibition in a customized and detailed way, providing access to the behind-the-scenes stories of many beloved, historic, and groundbreaking films.
A second Touring Exhibition Gallery, which can be subdivided to allow for flexibility and a possible third temporary show, will present world-class traveling shows and special exhibitions.
A 141-seat Theater will be embedded within the Film History Gallery and Touring Exhibition Gallery. This intimate theater will host screenings that are tied to the Academy Museum's many exhibits. The theater also will showcase Academy film series and retrospectives, independent and experimental movies, and foreign language films.
In addition, a Green Room will be located on the second floor. This room will be used by artists and VIPs who are hosting events in the Academy Museum and who are special guests at Academy Museum screenings, lectures, symposia, and special events.
The Academy is committed to creating a home for all students—one that gives them access to high-quality educational opportunities. The third floor of the Academy Museum will contain the Academy Museum Education Center. The Center will be a new year-round home for the Academy's Media Literacy Program, which will grow to serve thousands of K–12 students each year.
The Academy's Media Literacy Program was established in 1994 to help students gain a deeper understanding of how filmmakers arrive at creative decisions and an appreciation of the technical qualities of their work. Aligned with the new Common Core State Standards, the Academy Media Literacy Program helps students become critical thinkers who can better interpret and respond to the variety of messages they receive through film and other media. Students will develop essential skills of inquiry and self-expression as they explore these messages, learn how films are constructed, analyze the components that go into moviemaking, and investigate their cultural assessments.
As part of the Academy Media Literacy Program, Academy Members participate in panels that provide insight into various filmmaking professions. Moderated live discussions and Q&As also help students gain an understanding of the work and expertise that goes into creating a feature film, as well as the backgrounds required for career success.
The Academy Museum Education Center also will house a professional development program for middle school and high school teachers. Teachers will learn the many ways film and other media can be incorporated directly into their classroom curriculum to meet Common Core State Standards.
The fourth floor of the Museum will house a landmark permanent exhibition—The History of the Academy and the Academy Awards. Motion pictures are the most celebrated art form of our time, and the Academy Award is the highest achievement in the motion picture industry. This multimedia and interactive exhibition will allow visitors to walk the red carpet, learn about the history of the Academy Awards, explore the work of recent nominees, and even accept their own Oscar. Here visitors will have the unique opportunity to learn about the Academy's activities directly from Academy Members, and to experience the ultimate Hollywood moment—one that encapsulates all the passion, creativity, drama, and glamour of the Oscars.
A 141-seat Theater will be embedded within this gallery floor. The theater will screen films related to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and the Academy Awards, as well as the work of notable artists the Academy wishes to celebrate.
In addition, the Academy Museum Founders Room will be located on the fourth floor. For use by Academy Governors and generous donors to the Academy Museum, the Founders Room will be used for private dinners, cocktail parties, and special events.
The roof of the Academy Museum will be one of the most spectacular special event and scenic view spaces in Los Angeles. A breathtaking Rooftop Terrace overlooking Los Angeles will allow visitors to experience an expansive, one-of-a-kind view of the city—from Hollywood to the Pacific Ocean.
The Rooftop Special Event Dining Room and Garden will include seating for 1,000 and will have both indoor and outdoor dining and event capabilities. It will become the perfect place to host cocktail receptions, premiere after-parties, formal dinners, and other special events.
Piano's and Pali's design vision for the Academy Museum will revitalize the historic Wilshire May Company building, weave it back into the fabric of the city, and create a coherent arts campus that seamlessly connects with LACMA. Their design for the Academy Museum fully restores the historical Wilshire and Fairfax street-front facades and includes a soaring spherical addition at the northern end of the original building. Designed to represent the marriage of art and technology, the addition will house the Museum's state-of-the-art premiere-sized theater as well as a spectacular roof terrace with expansive views of the city.