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The ultimate film lovers’ guide to the new Academy Museum

The glass dome of the new Academy Museum terrace appears in silhouette against the setting sun.
(Myung J. Chun / Los Angeles Times)
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The Academy Museum of Motion Pictures has opened, laying a yellow brick road to not just Dorothy’s ruby slippers but also R2-D2, Hayao Miyazaki’s storyboards, Spike Lee’s handwritten Oscars acceptance speech. Join us for a look inside L.A.'s newest landmark, a celebration of the art and craft of moviemaking. If you’d like to order our 24-page special section, printed with a choice of three commemorative covers, go to The Times’ online shop.

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How does Renzo Piano’s new Academy Museum rank against other L.A. landmarks like the Hollywood sign and Griffith Observatory?

Spencer the hawk’s job: Discourage other birds that might dirty the gleaming, glass building. Why hawks like him command top dollar.

The director couldn’t land work despite the 2002 success of “Real Women.” Now Patricia Cardoso gets long-overdue recognition at the Academy Museum.

How the Academy Museum scoured film history to bring fans face to face with iconic items from “Black Panther,” “Alien,” “Batman Returns,” “T2,” “Dark Crystal” and more movie faves.

The Dude’s bathrobe from “The Big Lebowski.” The space shuttle from “2001.” The infamous best picture Oscars card for “Moonlight.” Insiders reveal their faves.

A curatorial team of mostly women has surfaced the intriguing back stories and undertold contributions of women in filmmaking.

Yes, the Grove and the Original Farmers Market are not far away. But there are other things to see and places to eat.

The special opening exhibition on beloved animator Hayao Miyazaki comes with a magnificent, ethereal, Totoro-inspired tree.

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Here’s a guide to take in the best that L.A.'s Academy Museum of Motion Pictures has to offer and our tips to make a full day of it.

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For starters, there’s a killer glass bridge to make your palms sweat, plus a golden touch imported from Italy. What to look for when you’re there.

If the Academy Museum had miraculously hit its original 2017 opening date, it would have been a far less interesting or important place.

Specialized crews make like Spider-Man to clean 1,500 glass panels high in the sky. Their tricks? Start with deionized water.

Base isolators, which steady a building in earthquakes, typically are hidden from view. But Academy Museum architect Renzo Piano left them for all to see.

An old department store building was thought to be unusable as a museum, but the film academy has proved different.

Can a new restaurant revive the old Hollywood glory of the Brown Derby and Chasen’s? Fanny’s at the Academy Museum will try.

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Film composers deserve a better museum showcase for their art than this: a black box room that’s not even playing real movie music.

As the Academy Museum’s chief artistic officer, Jacqueline Stewart will be in charge of screenings and events, giving the past relevance in the present.

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