Good news for Oscars fans. The much anticipated Academy Museum is set to be opened on Dec. 14, 2020, as revealed by Academy Award Winner Tom Hanks (“Forrest Gump”) during the 92nd Academy Awards ceremony last night.
Hanks, who was nominated last night for his role in “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood,” is a co-chair of the upcoming Academy museum and a museum trustee, a role he shares alongside Bob Iger and Academy Award nominee Annette Bening (“The Kids Are All Right.”) Whilst making the announcement on stage, Hanks said “There is plenty of cultures to be found here in the City of Angels. There are museums dedicated to Art, Music, History, Science and we even have a museum dedicated to selfies.”
After joking about the latter, he continued, “But there has never been a museum dedicated to the Art & Sciences of Motion Pictures. But it is being born, this labor of love.”
Hanks also joked about several of the big stars of the night helping out with the construction of the museum, including Scarlett Johansson and Brad Pitt.
Variety posted a statement from Museum Director Bill Kramer, saying:
“We cannot wait to welcome the whole world to the Academy Museum. When our doors open on December 14, our thrilling combination of exhibitions, screenings, and public and educational programs will create unparalleled experiences for movie lovers everywhere.”
The museum will be located on the corner of Wilshire and Fairfax, and has been designed across a 300,000 square foot campus and featuring six stories, all dedicated to the rich history of the Academy and Motion Pictures.
As also reported by Variety, this announcement comes just weeks after the Oscar luncheon in which it was revealed that the museum was close to reaching its $388 million campaign goal, with funding 95% of the way there.
The opening day is sure to be a special one, with anticipation having been built for this museum for quite some time. There is no news yet on any special events or guests that will be taking place during its opening week, but expect news on that front soon as preparations begin to attract as many visitors as possible.
The Academy Museum is set to open Dec. 14, 2020. It will seek to ‘inspire, entertain and educate.’
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