The Props and Memorabilia We Can't Wait to See at the Academy Museum

 Rendering of the Academy Museum

Rendering of the Academy Museum

2,500 Items To Delight Movie Fans

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The Academy Museum– scheduled to open in 2019 along the Miracle Mile- will draw from the collection of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences, which contains a huge amount of production and history-related objects and technology, works on paper, still and moving images covering the history of motion picture in the U.S. and throughout the world.


The Academy Museum has actively been acquiring three-dimensional motion picture objects since 2008. Its holdings now number approximately 2,500 items representing motion picture technology, costume design, production design, makeup and hairstyling, promotional materials & memorabilia, and awards.

Here are some of the things we can't wait to see:


• Ruby slippers and a munchkin soldier jacket from The Wizard of Oz (1939)
• Humphrey Bogart’s suit from The Big Sleep (1941)
• Elizabeth Taylor’s iconic dress designed by Edith Head for A Place in the Sun (1951)
• Ensemble and accessories worn by Salma Hayek in Frida (2002) designed by Julie Weiss
• Set decoration items from Norman Bates’ home in Psycho (1960)
• Scepter from Cleopatra (1963)
• Aries 1B spaceship model from 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)

 Photo: The Academy Museum

Photo: The Academy Museum


• The only surviving full-sized shark model made from the original mold used on Jaws (1975)
• Gorilla hand armature with hydrolics from King Kong (1976)
• Jack Skellington puppet heads from Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas (1992) and James and the Giant Peach (1996)
• Life masks of Grace Kelly and Clark Gable
• Promotional suitcase press kit from Home Alone (1990)
• Standees for such films as Superman (1978) and Shrek (2001)
• Jim Henson Company and the Henson Family: Creatures, costumes, animatronics, props, posters, and memorabilia from Jim Henson films such as The Dark Crystal (1982) and Labyrinth
• Pixar Animation Studios: A large-scale and operational 3D zoetrope that depicts 18 Toy Story sculptures on each row
• Universal Studios and Ron Howard: A child-size mermaid tail from Splash (1984), a scale miniature space capsule from Apollo 13 (1995), and costumes and set decoration items from How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000)

Of course there are thousands of additional items but we thought we'd share a short list of fun stuff with our mommy readers.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is also building the world’s leading movie museum in the heart of Los Angeles!

Designed by Pritzker Prize-winning architect Renzo Piano, the six story Academy Museum will contain state-of-the-art galleries, exhibition spaces, movie theaters, educational areas, and special event spaces. The museum is scheduled to open in 2019. www.oscars.org/museum

Anabel Marquez