Jewish Founders and the Making of a Movie Capital

Traces the history of filmmaking in Los Angeles back to its roots at the beginning of the 20th century, illustrating how and why the city became a global epicenter of cinema.

September 17, 2023 – August 4, 2024

John Waters:
Pope of Trash

The first comprehensive exhibition dedicated to John Waters’s moviemaking, exploring his process, themes, and unmatched style

November 12, 2023 – August 4, 2024

Shifting Perspectives:
Vertical Cinema

Explores vertical cinema through historical works, three debut films from Southern Californian filmmakers, and a partnership with Ghetto Film School

May 4, 2024–July 28, 2024

Stories of Cinema 1 - Spielberg Family Gallery

Featuring the STAR WARS Dykstraflex May 4–July 28, 2024

September 17, 2023–August 4, 2024

Outside the Mainstream

An installation in homage to filmmakers from the American avant-garde, underground film, and New Queer Cinema

February 19, 2023–January 4, 2026

Significant Movies and Moviemakers:
Lourdes Portillo

Features original objects, photography, clips, and installation pieces spotlighting acclaimed documentarian Lourdes Portillo

February 19, 2023–January 4, 2026

Significant Movies and Moviemakers:
Boyz N the Hood

Spotlights the production of BOYZ N THE HOOD, its groundbreaking depiction of Black life in South Central LA, and the film’s lasting legacy

February 19, 2023–January 4, 2026

Significant Movies and Moviemakers:

Explores CASABLANCA's enduring significance, its production context during WWII and the accompanying refugee crisis, and the resultant émigré stories behind this beloved classic

November 3, 2022–January 5, 2025

The Art of Moviemaking:

Features a wide array of original objects from THE GODFATHER (1972) and THE GODFATHER PART II (1974), offering an exciting glimpse into the process of making a masterpiece

November 3, 2022–January 5, 2025

Director’s Inspiration:
Agnès Varda

Explores one of global cinema’s most radical and transformative artists, her undeniably personal films, and the diverse array of influences she drew from


Inventing Worlds and Characters:

Nearly a century of animated filmmaking as told through the stories of diverse animation artists


Stories of Cinema

The Academy Museum's core exhibition, spanning three levels, numerous galleries, and presenting the diverse, international, and complex stories of moviemakers and the works they create

September 30, 2021–April 6, 2025

Pedro Almodóvar

An immersive film experience created by Pedro Almodóvar, the singular Spanish auteur, that captures the breadth of his irreverent and inventive oeuvre

September 30, 2021 – April 12, 2026

Hildur Guðnadóttir

An immersive aural installation conceived by Guðnadóttir specifically for the museum


The Oscars® Experience

The Oscars® Experience presented in the East West Bank Gallery is an immersive simulation in which you can finally accept that Oscar—and take a video home to prove it.