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Academy Museum of Motion Pictures Sets Opening Date

The Academy Museum of Motion Pictures will open on Sept. 30. (Joshua White/JW Pictures, ©Academy Museum Foundation)
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Hollywood is filled with expensive movies beset by production problems. And a new museum honoring the history of the industry similarly has endured numerous delays and setbacks.

But now the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures is poised to open, and its inaugural exhibits are coming into focus.

After almost a decade of planning and more than five years after construction started, the nearly $500 million museum built by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will finally open on Sept. 30.

Designers and curators shared a virtual preview of its galleries and installations today.

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While exhibits will celebrate cinematic artistry and achievement, the museum also will confront the industry’s checkered history regarding diversity.

Among the initial offerings will be a gallery dedicated to Spike Lee’s influences, and exhibitions honoring Japanese animator Hayao Miyazaki, Ruth Carter’s Oscar-winning costumes from “Black Panther,” and Hildur Guðnadóttir’s Oscar-winning score from “Joker” — the first win in the category by a woman composer.

In the months leading up to its physical opening, the museum will present a variety of virtual programs.

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