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A room with a table in the center with computers and film reels on it. The back wall is filled with shelves filled with film reels , screens and other equipment there are desks with tech equipment and screens along the side walls. 2 people in lab coats are in working in the space.
A person looks through a glass wall filled with tech equipment including film projectors, video cameras and computers into a room with film reels stacked on a table and person in a lab coat working at a large screen.
Outside a building at night, lights are on inside the building, large ACMI sign on the building is lit up. there are trees in front of the building and cars parked on the road.
A space with the back wall filled with different sized cabinets filled with a variety of items including film projectors, video cameras and computers and a seating alcove with orange cushions. and a Count Down sign in white and yellow light bulbs above it. A orange couch three small ottomans and and an armchair and side table are at the front of the space. A woman with short brown hair stands at one for the cabinets with headphones on. A woman with short blue and pink hair sits in the seating alcove. A women with dark hair in a bun sit on the couch looking at her phone.
A foyer with small round ottomans on the floor and wooden stepped seating behind, in the distance a wide staircase and  black and white signage on a white column. The ceiling has round alcoves some with lights on in them. People are walking through the space, others are sitting on the ottomans and stepped seating.

ACMI Media Preservation Lab tour and screening

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Located in the heart of Melbourne's Fed Square, ACMI (formerly Australian Centre for the Moving Image) is your museum of film, TV, art and videogames. Open 364 days a year, ACMI offers both free experiences and ticketed exhibitions and film screenings celebrating all facets of screen culture.

The Blackmagic Design Media Preservation Lab is a purpose-built, glass-fronted laboratory where the ACMI Registration and Collections team undertake focused preservation activities for a range of analog and digital time-based media and complex software-based games and artefacts.

What's On

Get behind-the-scenes access to the Blackmagic Design Media Preservation Lab and learn about ACMI’s collection. The tour will invite visitors into the Media Preservation Lab for an exclusive opportunity to hear from ACMI’s conservators, and engage with the collection and preservation activities. 

Members of the public will be given insight into a range of preservation stations within the space and their associated equipment and uses. There will also be a screening of the 1954 short film Planning for Melbourne's Future from ACMI’s collection, showing a visual representation of the Melbourne Metropolitan Board of Works’ evaluations of the future needs of the city.

Images: (1-2) ACMI Blackmagic Design Media Preservation Lab. (3-5) ACMI. All photos: Shannon McGrath.

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Time & Date

Saturday 27 + Sunday 28 July
Open access 10am-5pm
Tours run 10.15am, 11.15am, 12.15pm, 1.15pm, 2.15pm + 3.15pm
Running for 45 minutes in groups of 10
Bookings required

This program includes both open access and pre-booked components. Where bookings are required—a $7 booking fee applies
First release tickets: 12pm Wednesday 3 July
Second release tickets: 12pm Saturday 6 July

Meet in the Fed Square foyer. Please note no food is to be consumed in the lab and drink bottles need to have a secure lid to avoid any damage to equipment. Children must be accompanied by an adult.



Fully wheelchair accessible, Accessible bathroom, Elevator access


Federation Square, cnr Swanston St and Flinders St, Melbourne VIC 3000

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