ACMI Has Had a $40 Million Transformation and Has Reopened Better Than Ever

Federation Square

After closing in May, 2019, ACMI—Australia’s national museum of screen culture—has officially been unveiled after a $40 million redevelopment.

It’s totally visually and digitally transformed, architecturally in collaboration with award-winning Melbourne architects BKK, a new 1,600sqm exhibition, a world-first media preservation lab, high-tech education, event and cinema spaces and Hero and a new dining destination by the one and only Karen Martini (award-winning chef and best part of Better Homes and Gardens). 

This transformation began way before the pandemic, ahead of the crisis in their virtual and technological way of thinking. You can take the new ACMI home with you, using the Lens, a free ACMI designed device that allows you to ‘collect’ favourite objects and artworks to explore more deeply at home. The Lens also activates the Constellation: a large-scale activation at the end of the exhibition, that projects a human-curated collection of moving image works linking back to each object on the visitor’s Lens. It’s your own ACMI story.

acmi lens
Shannon McGrath

Powered by ACMI’s own operating system XOS, their new technological approach redefines the museum experience, allowing physical and digital content to connect in ways not yet seen in Australia. This technology, combined with human curation, the knowledge, and information held by ACMI will be accessible to everyone, everywhere. It’s essentially a free education in TV, film, video games, and contemporary art.

At a time where we have limitless digital, streaming, and screen content, ACMI acts as our guide. Their exhibitions continue to take us behind the scenes, and furthermore, with their new Blackmagic Design Media Preservation Lab, they can educate us on how the moving images that shape our society are made. Not only do we get an insight into the technology, how it works, how it’s changed why it matters, we also get a tour around the imagination of the creators.

ACMI inspires creation and change, and invigorates the mind, and reconnects us with iconic moments throughout history that have all impacted us in an individual way. They have totally reimagined what a museum experience can be; curated by humans, enabled by technology and accessible anywhere in the world.


Darling Darling by 2020
The first solo exhibition at the new ACMI is by 2020 Ian Potter Moving Image Commission recipient Gabriella Hirst. The video work parallels the precise and elaborate care taken to preserve colonial paintings of the Australian landscape with the real-world preservation of the Murray Darling Basin.

The Story of the Moving Image
A permanent exhibition for all ages, featuring over 900 objects from Australia and the world taking you on an interactive journey of the past, present, and future of the moving image. It’s a very experience-based exhibition.

New Opening Hours

Mon-Tue: 12pm-5pm 
Wed-Fri: 12pm-7pm 
Sat: 11am-7pm 
Sun: 11am-6pm 

Hero Open 7 days, 8am to late 
Cinemas Open 7 days, 11am to late 
Free visits can be booked online at


The Best Sandwiches To Chow Down On In Melbourne

More than just ham and cheese.

Some say sandwiches are really having their moment, but did they ever go out of style? 

A sandwich is one of the world’s most simple culinary pleasures. Whoever first decided that putting stuff between bread means a yum time is a gosh darn genius. Although sandwiches can seem simple to make, there are people out there that have been studying the art of the sandwich and it shows.

The difference between a good sandwich and a shit sandwich is huge. We don’t want you to suffer, so we’ve put a list together of our favourite sandwiches in Melbourne.

Here are the best sandwiches in Melbourne right now.

Hanoi Hannah’s Drip Drop Banh Mi 


The Drip Drop Banh Mi is Hanoi Hannah’s new lunch sandwich that is messy in all the right ways. Think white bread roll with a crispy crust and soft centre, laced with pâté and lemongrass satay sauce and a nice juicy hunk of lemongrass chargrilled chicken.

Most importantly, a warm pho-inspired gravy is served on the side to dip, drizzle or drown the sandwich. This mouth-watering sandwich is available from today, July 8, at Hanoi Hannah’s Windsor and Elsternwick locations. It’s crunchy, it’s messy, it’s fragrant and an all round multisensory, hands-on journey. Roll your sleeves up and get to it.

Dine in or take it home.


Nico’s Sandwich Deli’s Cubano


Get your hands around this combo: smoked pork belly, grandma ham, original salad creme, picks, American mustard and cheese. Recommended to be eaten with pickled chilli and hot sauce, this Cubano is downright juicy in the best way. Nico’s Sandwich Deli has a rotating menu that heroes classic flavour combinations with a little twist. You can’t really go wrong, especially if you pair your sandwich of choice with one of their Malted Caramel Shakes. It’s a whole lotta yes.

You can dine in or take away.

Photo: @stansdeli

Specials at Stan’s Deli


Every weekend, Stan’s Sandwich Deli put up incredible sandwich specials and honestly, we can’t pick a favourite. One week you might be dazzled by a veal schnitzel bun with tomato and fennel slaw, and the next you’ll get a Jerusalem artichoke toastie with aged parmesan, horseradish mayo and Guindilla peppers. Located in the lush streets of Malvern, Stan’s has a real diner-on-an-American-highway feel to it, but slightly more aesthetically refined, refill filter coffee and all. 

Dine in or take away.

Photo: @kingwilliam_takeaway

King William’s Brigadier

Flinders Lane

This sando pulls rank on the Colonel. From a hole-in-the-wall sandwich deli in Melbourne CBD’s Flinders Lane, comes a soft white roll filled with roast free-range chicken, crispy chicken skin, traybake stuffing, zucchini slaw and their infamous secret gravy. It’s the chicken rolls of all chicken rolls. You’ve never had a chicken sandwich until you’ve had King William’s Brigadier. It’s the perfect combination of juicy chicken breast and crispy chicken skin. Should I keep going? I can.

Only available for pick-up.

Photo: @saulssandwiches

Saul’s Muffuletta


The Italian stallion of sandwiches. Saul’s Sandwiches do some bangin’ bites – pretty much every sandwich they do, they do right. But the Muffuletta is a fan favourite and it’s off the charts. Think stacks of mortadella, artichokes, provolone cheese, salami, pesto, spinach and chilli. It’s an antipasto board in a sandwich and it’s goddamn good. 

You can dine in or takeaway.

Photo: @palette_melbourne

Palette’s Candied Bacon & Cheese

North Melbourne

Palette in North Melbourne is inspired by Korean aesthetics and lifestyle, and they aim to bring different cultures together. Everything about this place is beautiful and delicious (especially the coffee), but we can’t get past their Candied Bacon & Cheese sando. Imagine: scrambled eggs with corn, candied bacon, sliced cheese and chilli jam in toasted brioche. Uhhh. Name a better breakfast sandwich, we’ll wait.

Available to dine in or takeaway.

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