For the week between Christmas Day and New Year’s Eve, we invite you to experience our state-of-the-art Dolby 3D projection system in our beautiful Ted Mann Theater with classic, international and contemporary films shot in and intended for projection in 3D during our film series 3D-cember! Adult and children’s 3D glasses will be available for all screenings. Viewings in the series include How to Train Your Dragon (2010) on December 26 and 29, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs (2009) on December 27 and 30, and Inside Out (2015) on December 28 and 31. An additional 3D screening is included in the December lineup of our ongoing Family Matinees series—The Adventures of Tintin (2011) on December 17. All the December selections honor the upcoming 91st birthday of legendary composer John Williams with five of his most beloved family-friendly films with Oscar-nominated scores. The other four films are Superman (1978) on December 3, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (2001) on December 10, Home Alone (1990) on December 24, and an accommodative screening of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004) on December 31.
Ongoing museum programming also includes Drop-In Workshops for Teens and Families, all free with museum admission. On December 16, from 4:30 pm to 6:30 pm, we’ll welcome location manager Kokayi Ampah to our teen workshop. Ampah has worked in the industry for 35 years in both television and film on such noted projects as The Shawshank Redemption (1994), 8 Mile (2002), Million Dollar Baby (2004) and Straight Outta Compton (2015). Teens are invited to meet Ampah and gain insight into his career and the profession of location management. On December 3, 10, and 17, from 12:30-2:30 pm, families are invited to stop by the Shirley Temple Education Studio to explore the world of 3D. Make your own 3D glasses and create 3D illustrations of iconic movie characters in conjunction with 3D-cember!
The Academy Museum offers an array of exhibitions year-round that are sure to excite, delight and intrigue. Start by exploring our core exhibition Stories of Cinema. Get a closer look at the techniques used to create beloved characters like Bambi, Bugs Bunny, Buzz and Woody from Toy Story (1995), Elsa and Anna from Frozen (2013), and more in the Inventing Worlds and Characters: Animation gallery. Then, visit the Encounters gallery to spend time with objects from classic and contemporary science-fiction, fantasy and horror films like one of Okoye’s costumes from Black Panther (2018), R2-D2 and C-3PO, pieces from The Dark Crystal (1982) and many more.
Don’t forget to stop into The Path to Cinema to discover pre-cinematic optical amusements and devices of wonder. Visitors even have a chance to experiment with creating their own shadow puppets in the gallery.
And if you’ve not already seen the museum’s landmark exhibition Regeneration: Black Cinema 1898–1971, now is the perfect time to bring the whole family to learn about the often overlooked but rich history of Black participation in American cinema from its beginnings to just beyond the civil rights movement.
Looking for a more in-depth experience in the galleries? Join museum educators for Drop-In Tours of Stories of Cinema every Friday from 1-3 pm. December’s focus will be on Accessibility in Film. On December 19, the museum will also offer its monthly Visual Description Tour during which educators provide a verbal overview of the galleries especially designed for visitors who are blind or low vision. All are welcome to join this gallery conversation at 2 pm. General admission to the Academy Museum is $25 for adults, $19 for seniors, $15 for students and always free for Museum Members and youth ages 17 and under. California EBT Cardholders also receive free admission. Admission to film screenings at the museum are $10 for adults, $7 for seniors (age 62+) and $5 for students (age 18+ with valid ID) and children, with $5 matinee pricing for all. Follow @AcademyMuseum and @AcademyMuseumScreenings on social media then add #AcademyMuseum to your posts to share your experience with us. Subscribe to our Museum Insider newsletter to stay up to date on all the exciting events happening at the museum