The Academy Museum of Motion Pictures announced on Wednesday that advanced tickets to the venue will go on sale August 5 at 9 a.m. PT.
The long-awaited and oft-delayed $388 million Wilshire Boulevard museum is finally looking like its official opening date will come to fruition on Sept. 30. Prior, the Academy will be literally rolling out the red carpet for VIP guests with a series of preliminary events along with a gala on Sept. 25.
A planned April 30 opening was postponed over COVID-19 concerns. The museum, located at the corner of Wilshire Blvd. and Fairfax Ave. on Museum Row, was first announced in 2012 with a target opening date of 2017.
In conjunction with a generous grant and in keeping with its ideals of promoting the cinematic arts, the museum will offer free admission to visitors age 17 and under.
“I know everyone involved in developing and opening the Academy Museum shares in my tremendous excitement at finally being able to invite the community in to explore our exhibitions and programs,” said museum president Bill Kramer. “We are deeply grateful to all of our supporters who helped to bring us to this milestone and to the Hobson/Lucas Family Foundation, whose support in honor of Academy Museum Honorary Trustee Sid Ganis has made it possible for us to offer free admission to visitors 17 and under.”
General admission will cost $25 for adults, $19 for seniors (age 62+), and $15 for students. The inaugural lineup of exhibitions includes Stories of Cinema, Hayao Miyazaki, The Path to Cinema: Highlights from the Richard Balzer Collection, and Backdrop: An Invisible Art. The Oscars Experience—an immersive simulation that enables guests to feel as if they are walking onto the stage at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood and accepting an Oscar—will be accessed via a separate $15 ticket.
The buildings contain 50,000 feet of exhibition spaces, two theaters, public spaces, an educational space and other features.