I was amazed by The Alice in Wonderland Exhibition at the Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI) this weekend. My partner and I had a blast exploring this wonderfully interactive exhibition and fully embraced our inner children for the afternoon.
Once we fell down the rabbit hole we received our Lost Map of Wonderland to help us guide our way through Wonderland and crawled through a deceptively small doorway that took us into the Hallway of Doors. Our maps had a cool feature that allowed us to unlock extra content throughout the exhibition when we found the top of the Alice symbol on our guides.
Once we found our way out of the topsy turvy Hallway of Doors we made our way through each of the areas of the exhibition full of amazing artifacts and information about the many screen adaptations of Alice in Wonderland. You are able to touch, or even get inside, several of the exhibition pieces and there are screens showing different scenes throughout.
The most exciting feature of the exhibition for us was the interactive Mad Hatter’s Tea Party, which just about blew our minds! The Mad Hatter’s Tea Party is a five minute immersive experience that made us feel as though we really had gone through the looking glass and fell down the white rabbit’s hole to Wonderland. There was quite a long queue to join the Tea Party Experience, but the friendly ACMI guides were very efficient at keeping the line moving and letting everybody know what’s happening. It certainly didn’t take as long as it first appeared, and this experience was more than worth the wait.
The Mad Hatter’s Tea Party
On the way out of the exhibition we were typically distracted by all of the beautiful Alice in Wonderland items that were available for purchase and we absolutely couldn’t resist getting ourselves a lovely Wonderland themed tea cup and saucer from the T2 X ACMI range.
If you are looking for something fun and educational to do with your kids or an adult looking to be a kid for the day, the Alice in Wonderland Exhibition at ACMI is a Melbourne activity that you don’t want to miss. It’s easy to get to at ACMI’s central Federation Square location, and it is a rare activity that really does have something of interest for all ages. Check out the ACMI website for more details about extra Alice in Wonderland events, including late nights, low sensory and descriptive tours.