There’s a new, rather large, kid on the block.
Today, London’s new movie museum, The Movieum (geddit?), has opened its door to the public, catering to the interest of those, who were left wanting, when the Museum of Moving Image (MOMI) was closed in 1999. The Movieum, situated in County Hall on the South Bank, claims to be both tactile and academic, displaying props and sets from a variety of British films, as well as organising occasional events, permanent exhibitions, and film education.
Since the closure of MOMI, film enthusiasts have been going to the British Film Institute for their film fix. Refurbished in 2006/2007, the BFI brilliantly provides films in the Mediatheque and reference material in the Library, as well as their usual screenings and other events. However, while the BFI is informative and exciting, there has not been a place for the whole family to explore the vast output of British films and film history. Backed by contributors such as BAFTA, Lucas Film and Empire magazine, The Movieum categorises itself as both museum and attraction, seemingly placing itself somewhere in-between the British Film Institute and Universal Studios Theme parks in USA. Thankfully, prices do not correspond to ambition; £8.00 for an adult ticket seems quite reasonable. Here’s hoping that The Movieum will live up to the expectations - even with that slightly dodgy name.
Organisers are expecting up to 500,000 visitors per year – to be one of them, get your tickets and information here.
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