13 Apr - 22 Sep 2019

Fall down the rabbit hole into Wonderland, an immersive, playful and interactive exhibition for all ages, celebrating Lewis Carroll's timeless tale of Alice's adventures.

This one-of-a-kind exhibition follows Alice's journey through popular culture and invites you to take a trip through the looking glass into an enchanted world where expectations are upended and curiosity is rewarded. Using theatrical sets, bold, interactive environments, eye-catching props and amazing audiovisual artworks, Wonderland spectacularly conjures up the surprising and magical world of Alice and her adventures!

Discover how artists and filmmakers have portrayed Alice and her story for over a century. Since her first appearance on the page in 1865, Alice has delighted audiences in more than 40 films and over 30 television programmes, and has become a subcultural icon through her presence in music videos, video games, high fashion, advertising and more. Drawing together a remarkable selection of original behind-the-scenes material, Wonderland includes over 300 artefacts and objects including first edition books, drawings, original costumes, films, magic lantern projectors, animation and puppetry.

Developed by Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI), this ground-breaking exhibition has just been award the 2019 GLAMi's Best in Show award as well as the GLAMi Exhibition Media or Experience: Immersive Category award in the 23rd annual MuseWeb conference in Boston, USA. This award-winning exhibition makes its first stop of a global tour at ArtScience Museum.


Are you the type to hustle like the White Rabbit or have a pie in every hat like the Mad Hatter? Were you born to rule like Her Majesty or do you prefer to stay shrouded in mystery like the Cheshire Cat? Take the quiz on our ArtScience Museum Facebook Messenger here to find out and you can discover the exhibition with the Lost Map of that character!

The Lost Map of Wonderland

The Lost Map of Wonderland plays an integral part in your Wonderland experience. Unlock surprising experiences during your exhibition journey and beyond! Once you enter the exhibition you'll get to choose one of four map characters – the White Rabbit, Cheshire Cat, the Queen or the Mad Hatter – and from there begin your adventures in Wonderland uncovering more stories as you go.

The adventure continues after you leave the exhibition! Unlock a new world of content and behind-the-scenes material by entering the special code found on your map on a secret website here. There is even a riddle to be solved! 

The Lost Map of Wonderland

Wonderland, ACMI, Photo: © Phoebe Powell

Wonderland, ACMI, Photo: © Anne Moffat

Alice in Wonderland magic lantern slides (1905-1908),
W. Butcher & Sons, courtesy Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa.
Who are you?

Alice is not the same Alice as she was this morning, and Alice is certainly not the same as when Lewis Caroll first created her, but who in the world is Alice?

Alice is sweet and polite, but Alice is plucky enough to slay the jabberwocky. Alice is usually a very well-mannered woman but Alice did kick Bill out of the White Rabbit’s manor.

Explore who Alice is to you while learning about characterisations, narratives and world-building and constructing your own Wonderland with the activities below.

Proposed activities are optional and can be done before or after your visit to the Wonderland exhibition.


Public Guided Tours

Spotlight Gallery Talks
Family Friday 9 & 23 Aug, 13 & 20 Sep | 3.00pm - 4.00pm
Saturday 3, 10, 17, 24 & 31 Aug | 5pm - 6pm
Saturday 7, 14 & 21 Sep | 11.30am - 12.30pm
Sunday 4, 11, 18 & 25 Aug, 1, 8, 15 & 22 Sep | 5pm - 6pm
Venue: Exhibition Entrance, Basement 2

*Please note that Spotlight Gallery Talks will be starting from ‘Pool of Tears’.

Mandarin Public Guided Tours
Saturday 3, 10, 17, 24, 31 Aug, 7, 14, 21 Sep | 2.30pm – 3.30pm
Venue: Exhibition Entrance, Basement 2

Take the chance and step through the looking glass with the wide-eyed Alice for an immersive experience of wacky Wonderland.
What will you see? Who will you meet? Remember, curiosity is the key to discovery.

*Complimentary to ticket-holders of Wonderland. Up to 20 participants on a first-come, first-served basis.




Wonderland Trail
Embark on a food and adventure trail at Marina Bay Sands inspired by Wonderland.
Couple any one, or both, of these food and beverage experiences with a visit to the exhibition and A Hat Trick of Clever Tricks workshop to complete your day down the rabbit hole.
Wonderland at ACMI
Wonderland premiered at ACMI last year. Here’s a sneak peek of what you can expect:
About the Partners
ACMI (Australian Centre for the Moving Image)

ACMI (Australian Centre for the Moving Image)

ACMI is the most visited moving image museum in the world, and Australia’s national museum of film, videogames, digital culture and art - situated in Melbourne. ACMI connects and fosters creative industries by illuminating the moving images and technologies that define our age and presents a vibrant calendar of exhibitions, films and events.