If you are looking for a FREE and interesting family friendly activity in Melbourne's CBD, then head to Screen Worlds at the Australian Centre of Moving Image (ACMI).
Screen Worlds: The Story of Film, Television and Digital Culture is ACMI's fascinating permanent exhibition, celebrating moving image in all types of format: film, television and digital culture.
Positioned on the ground floor gallery space of ACMI, Screen Worlds tells the story of how moving pictures came to be, featuring early film and movie making equipment from as far back as the 19th century, through to displays illustrating the evolution of on-screen entertainment, to what we know and see today.
Spanning over 110 years of moving image history, Screen Worlds contains 220 screen-based displays, 30 hours of movie image content and hundreds of original movie objects memorabilia. Iconic feature film props and costumes are on display from movies such as Mad Max and Ned Kelly, as well as a fine collection of Oscars, Golden Globes, BAFTAs, AFI Awards and Logies.
Exhibits are interactive, engaging all ages to press buttons, watch short video clips, and engage in replicated movie effects such as the Timeslice, where visitors can show off their 'bullet-time' moves as seen in The Matrix.
The really fun part that appeals to kids and children-at-heart is the chance to play on original consoles of nostaglic-inducing video games including all-time classics Space Invaders, Pac-Man, Mario Kart, Sonic the Hedgehog and one of the first ever arcade games, Pong.
Screen Worlds: The Story of Film, Television and Digital Culture turned 5 years old on 20 September 2014, after Australian Hollywood greats Cate Blanchett, Geoffrey Rush and Hugo Weaving opened the exhibition in 2009. Since its opening, Screen Worlds has welcomed tens of thousands of people through its doors, enjoyed by both local and international visitors.
Screen Worlds is open every day from 10am – 6pm, excluding Christmas Day and ANZAC Day 1pm - 6pm.
Access to ACMI is via Melbourne's iconic Federation Square plaza, and to reiterate, entry into Screen Worlds on the ground floor is completely FREE.
Images via http://www.acmi.net.au/