Geffen Theater

Motion pictures are our most populist form of visual art and they captivate us in ways no other art form can. For every generation they are the cultural, social and political diary. They inspire and challenge us to see each other and the world in different and meaningful ways—often crossing ethnic, political, geographic and socioeconomic lines to do so. And yet, in Los Angeles–the moviemaking capital of the world–there is no museum dedicated to preserving, presenting, and celebrating this most influential art form... until now.

The Academy Museum will contain state-of-the-art galleries, exhibition spaces, movie theaters, educational areas, and special event spaces. The Academy Museum of Motion Pictures will be the world's premier museum devoted to exploring and curating the history and future of the moving image.

Designed by Pritzker Prize-winning architect Renzo Piano, the Academy Museum will be located next to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) campus in the landmarked Wilshire May Company building. The Museum will curate and present the work of Oscar winners and nominees, as well as the legions of global artists who make movies. The Museum will provide interactive, immersive, and engaging exhibitions that will pull back the curtain on moviemaking and highlight the history and future of the arts and sciences of film.

Message from the Director

"From the earliest attempts to capture motion on film in the nineteenth century to experiments that took the image beyond the theater screen and into three-dimensional space and now onto every screen imaginable, cinema's progression has been the result of innovation, imagination, and inspiration.

In this spirit, the Academy Museum will seek to be as imaginative and innovative as motion pictures themselves. It will attempt to inspire its visitors with the same sense of wonder and enchantment and encourage new ways of looking at the indelible role the moving image has had on the world around us. In all of its exhibitions, projects, screenings, and programs, the museum will celebrate the rich history of Hollywood and filmmaking worldwide and will take a look behind the screen at the artistry and technological creativity that have made those unforgettable cinematic moments possible.

But the museum will not only look to the past. At its core, filmmaking is a combination of many art forms—theater, literature, photography, painting, music, etc.—and the museum will embrace this interdisciplinary approach by working with groundbreaking artists in all of these fields, as well as with other cultural institutions in Los Angeles and beyond, to help create its future."

–Kerry Brougher, Director, Academy Museum of Motion Pictures

Academy Museum Administration

Director of the Academy Museum

Managing Director, Creative Content and Programming



6/24/15 - Academy Museum moves to production with City Council's green light (LA Times)

5/15/15 - Academy Museum of Motion Pictures clears environmental review (LA Times)

5/7/15 - Film academy's museum gets $25,000 grant from the NEA (LA Times)

3/29/15 - The $344,000 movie item: Academy buys ship from Kubrick's '2001' (LA Times)

3/3/15 - 'Hollywood Costume' sells 78,000 tickets at future Academy Museum site (LA Times)

10/13/14 -  'Hollywood Costume': Exhibition Review (The Hollywood Reporter)

6/9/14 - Academy Museum's Kerry Brougher gets to merge interests in art, film (LA Times)

6/9/14 - A Museum Devoted to Movies Is Still Writing Its Own Script (New York Times)

6/9/14 - New Academy Museum Director Kerry Brougher Reveals Plans (Q&A) (The Hollywood Reporter)

6/9/14 - Q&A: Kerry Brougher on How to Make an Academy Museum (Variety)

4/9/14 - Art World Veteran Lands a Major Role in Film Academy's Coming Museum (LA Times)

4/8/14 - Motion Picture Academy Museum Names Kerry Brougher as Director (LA Times)

4/8/14 - Hirshhorn Interim Director Kerry Brougher to become director of Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Museum (Washington Post)

4/8/14 - Hirshhorn Chief Curator Kerry Brougher Leaves for the Academy Museum (Washington City Paper)

4/7/14 - Academy Taps Smithsonian Curator to Lead Movie Museum (The Hollywood Reporter)

4/7/14 - Academy Taps Smithsonian Director to Run Movie Museum (Variety)

3/21/14 - The Academy Museum of Motion Pictures is Going Full Speed Ahead (Toronto Star)

11/20/2013 - Spielberg and Katzenberg give $10 million each to L.A. film museum (LA Times)

11/19/2013 - Jeffrey Katzenberg, Steven Spielberg Each Donate $10 Million to Academy Museum (The Hollywood Reporter)

11/19/2013 - Katzenberg, Spielberg Each Donate $10 Million to Academy Museum (Variety)

11/19/2013 - Academy Announces Major Gifts From Jeffrey Katzenberg and Steven Spielberg

7/22/2013 - Academy museum gets $5-million gifts from Gale Anne Hurd, 2 others (LA Times)

7/22/2013 - Academy Museum of Motion Pictures Announces $15 Million in Donations (Variety)

7/22/2013 - Academy Announces Three $5 Million Gifts for New Museum(The Hollywood Reporter)

4/24/2013 - Motion Picture Museum: $2.5 Million Buys You a Green Room (The Hollywood Reporter)

4/22/2013 - Time Has Come for Academy Museum (Variety)

4/11/2013 - Thrilling New Views of Academy Museum's Great Glass Sphere (Curbed LA)

4/11/2013 - Academy film museum to include 3 theaters, Oscar 'experience' (LA Times)

4/11/2013 - Motion Picture Academy unveils new drawings for film museum (LA Times)

4/08/2013 - Geffen Donates $25 Million to Film Museum Project (NY Times)

4/08/2013 - David Geffen donates $25 million to academy film museum at LACMA (LA Times)