The Museum of the Moving Image (MoMI) explores the art, technique, technology and history of television, film and digital media.
It is an obvious point on the bucket list of any film enthusiast. Still – this museum is equally riveting for the casual visitor and families alike. There are also several good hotels in this part of Queens.
The former Astoria Studio complex
The museum building is in itself historical. This is the place of the former Astoria Studio complex. Originally, it was built by the Famous Players-Lasky (later Paramount) as their East Cost production facility in 1920. At this place, many silent and early sound era film productions were filmed.
Behind the Screen
The museum offers both temporary and permanent exhibitions. One of my favorites is the ongoing Behind the Screen. You learn how films are produced and marketed. The changes in filmmaking between the nineteenth century and today are extraordinary.
Jim Henson Exhibition
Everyone loves the Muppets. Right? James Maury Henson – “Jim Henson” is their father. In this exhibition you will learn about how this mastermind and his team brought numerous shows to life, including:
- The Muppet Show
- Fraggle Rock
- The Dark Crystal
- Muppet movies
I recommend this museum for families, especially because of the Jim Henson Exhibition. Children are entertained by the creations of Jim Henson. Here, you can see the actual puppets used for Miss Piggy, Kermit the Frog, Big Birds and others.
The museum rotates the exhibits. This means there is always something new to see. I have enjoyed exhibits devoted to specific television shows and movies. You feel like you have moved backward in time. Everything available is listed on the official website www.movingimage.us/exhibitions/.
Events and Screenings
There are different screenings available every week. The never released, and classic movies are entertaining. The screenings are wonderful. I never know what to expect, yet I have never been disappointed.
The Largest Collection in the Nation
The Museum of the Moving Image offers the most comprehensive collection of movie artifacts available. You will learn about history and technology from 1981 until today. You will enjoy spending an afternoon looking at roughly 130,000 film artifacts. Anyone interested in film culture will be immersed.
You will learn how motion pictures are produced, promoted and exhibited. The museum offers more than 1,400 artifacts in the core exhibition. This includes:
- Technical apparatus
- Computer and video games
- Still photos
- Fan magazines
- Licensed merchandise
- Furnishings from movie theaters
Museum of the Moving Image Pros and Cons
- Movie screenings
- Free admission on Friday afternoons
- Souvenir shop
- Courtyard cafe
- Unique exhibits
- Hard to reach by vehicle
- Difficult to navigate
- Significant waiting
- Small exhibition galleries
Address: 36-01 35 Ave, Astoria, NY 11106
Telephone: +1 718 777 6888
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