The Museum of the Moving Image is a media museum located in a former building of the historic Astoria Studios (now Kaufman Astoria Studios), in the Astoria neighborhood in Queens, New York City. The museum originally opened in 1988 as the American Museum of the Moving Image. The museum began a $67 million expansion in March 2008 and reopened in January 2011. The expansion was designed by architect Thomas Leeser.
The Museum of the Moving Image is focused on art, history, technique and technology of film, television, and digital media. It collects, preserves, and provides access to moving-image related artifacts via multimedia exhibitions and educational programming. The exhibits include significant audio/visual components designed to promote an understanding of the history of the industry and an understanding of how it has evolved. Panel discussions about current movies are frequently held at the museum. The museum hosts regular monthly series in its two premium theaters. These ongoing series include “Changing the Picture,” “Fist & Sword,” “New Adventures in Nonfiction,” “Science on Screen,” and “Disreputable Cinema.” Each of these explore and celebrate many aspects of the art and culture of cinema. It is also home to one of the most significant collections of video games and gaming hardware. The museum's attendance has grown from 60,000 in 2000 to an expected figure of 120,000 in 2011. In 2017, the museum opened “the Jim Henson Exhibition,” a permanent exhibit honoring the life and ingenuity of Jim Henson and his creations. Further, an exhibit entitled, "Envisioning 2001: Stanley Kubrick's Space Odyssey", opened in January 2020.
|Wednesday||10:30 AM – 5:00 PM|
|Thursday||10:30 AM – 5:00 PM|
|Friday||10:30 AM – 8:00 PM|
|Saturday||10:30 AM – 6:00 PM|
|Sunday||10:30 AM – 6:00 PM|
Jose Santiago | Mar 6, 2018
Pretty cool experience. If you like movies and ever wondered what goes into making a movie or are interested in seeing how they all began, go check it out. They have a small recording studio sip the kids can do some voice over work in scenes from movies, they have costumes and set pieces from some movies. The big exhibition they have now is the Jim Henson exhibition, it was a cool surprise for the kids (and myself). They have some very famous faces that the kids will recognize right away, they also have some of his original sketches which show how he came up with some of these characters. It was a great time.
Razia Uddin | Mar 3, 2018
Noticeable changes made to the museum compared to the way it was about 15 years ago but I would love to see more floors with more about the film industry regarding recent films. Overall, love all the exhibits and the interactive ones. Especially loved the arcade room with classic arcade machines. Really wished some of them weren't broken.
Raphael Kai | Feb 13, 2018
A must visit place outside Manhattan. If you do appreciate movie culture and geek overall, you should consider to put that museum on top of your list across the bridge out of Manhattan. There you can find an arcade well preserved, original material from classic movies, Star Wars stuff - not much but good enough -, TV sports behind the scenes and so many others content.... like a MUST TRY INTERACTIVE DUB STUDIO! Only $15 separates you from this memorable experience. Go for it!
Meg A Loud | Dec 28, 2017
The museum was an interesting experience! I would say it is mostly for people who are interested in the history of television and film making. I would not recommend it if you are just a movie buff. However, the museum is quite interactive. Please make sure you check the website before for upcoming screenings as we missed watching one. That may have made our experience more fun. Kids might really enjoy some activities there! The staff were nice and friendly
Niko R | Feb 16, 2018
Small but cool museum. It is plenty of fun for children too. There's a nice fusion of old glory and contemporary digital innovation. A good option for those cold days when you don't want to be stuck at home with your little ones.
Emily Tony | Mar 12, 2018
What a fantastic hidden gem! This place is chock full of content: movies, video games (that you can play), TV, animation, if it’s on a screen it’s here. There are props and costumes from movies, tons of interactive exhibits like make your own stop-motion film (it’s super easy, kid-friendly), and endless detailed exhibits capturing the evolution of media we use everyday without a second thought. I went during Free Friday (4-8) and enjoyed it so much I donated to keep it up and running. My only complaint is that many of the video games weren’t working and staff weren’t around to troubleshoot. There also weren’t “out of order” signs so I’d sometimes pick up a controller, push buttons, and nothing would happen. My experience was free and there were still plenty of games to play, but it was frustrating. If you’re overwhelmed by all the museum has to offer and you like games, I recommend the 2-player game (which can also work for teams) on the second floor projected on the wall. There are hundreds of random mini games you’re thrown into and best of 10 wins. It was a little jarring but I had a blast! If you’re in NYC, do yourself a favor and come to Queens. You won’t regret it.
George Simon | Mar 12, 2018
We really loved visiting this museum! The building and design is gorgeous and quirky. My main reason to visit was for the Henson exhibit (which was incredible), but the rest of the museum was awesome as well. Informative and fun exhibits and not overcrowded. So worth the visit!
ANA GARCIA | Apr 22, 2018
Lots of fun interactive exhibits. Jim Henson exhibit right now is awesome. Free entry Fridays 4pm-8pm. Bring quarters for vintage video games. Bag check. Recommended ages 8+.
Brian Williams | Apr 29, 2018
The Muppets/ Jim Henson exhibit was wonderful. The have the real Muppet puppets as well as Elmo, big bird, and others from sesame street. They also have many hands on interactive games for kids and adults alike. The museum shows how movies and shows come to be through a look cinematography, sounds and special effects.
Luuk Schalk | May 1, 2018
Good museum. They show the entire history of film making and film showing. The Jim Henson experience was the highlight of the visit. The only downside is that the museum itself looks a bit old. Some of the exhibits were broken.
Ami Vora Shah | May 18, 2018
Fun to stop by. They had some pretty cool interactive stations like make your own still motion video, learn how to add sound effects or music to a movie, make a flip book. Our favorite part was watching how they produce a baseball game with so many cameras and knowing which camera to change it to next. There was a large section on items from famous movies, but they were a bit older than my generation watched, so I would have liked it more if I knew the movies themselves.
Jae Junkunc | Jun 6, 2018
Good museum. Lots of one of a kind artifacts and history. Like the short films along the way. Muppets exhibit is nostalgic. Arcade area with 80s games is an awesome throwback. Went during free hours on Fri. Kind of worth the admission price but definitely worth the trek if free.
Mindfully Modern | Jun 17, 2018
Nice museum great walk through the past from the beginning of cinematography to modern timesIt's. Not very big and in my opinion the entry fee is a little too high . But besides that nice place to visit to understand the history of moving images. Also great place to bring kids because there are many games and fun moving objects.
Amada Anderson | May 18, 2018
A really wonderful museum filled with fun interactive equipment about the cinema. The Jim Henson section is also a must for everyone. The only reason I am giving 4 stars instead of 5 is because I felt like if I would have come by myself I would have been a bit overwhelmed. I truly think anyone who comes to this museum needs to book a private guide like our group did so you can truly experience the museum the way we did. My experience was a 5 but only because we had a private guide.
Dimitrios D | May 22, 2018
The Museum of the Moving Image is a nice museum in Astoria. I came for the Jim Henson exhibit with my nieces and other family and enjoyed it a lot. That exhibit alone was something we enjoyed for over an hour. We barely got to see any other areas of the museum, and so I look forward to coming back again one day soon.
Robert Wnorowski | Jul 22, 2018
My favorite museum in NY. The pieces in this museum are so interesting and you learn so much about the TV and film industry. You feel like a kid walking around seeing makeup and costumes worn by stars from various films. The museum is also interactive and also plays movies. The Jim Henson exhibit is a must see for anyone visiting the city. Visiting this place never gets old. Each time you go you discover something new. Great to bring your kids or a fun date!
Maram Abdelal | Jul 7, 2018
It might be hard to bring a friend or take the kids to a museum because they will probably think it's boring or tacky but this museum is hands on. There are plenty of pictures to be taken and a lot of the displays give useful information on the history of film. Visitors also get a chance to change the background sounds of movies and films. They also have a game room which is really cool. After finishing the museum visit the backyard which is spacious and fresh. The trees provide shade and the wind blows just right while you enjoy a coffee or dessert which is very affordable at this museum.
Takisha Richardson | Jul 23, 2018
It was very interesting to see how the moving picture advanced through time and by interest. The museum was interactive and not over crowded. The a/c was not working on the 3rd floor the day we were there so it was a bit hot but the 2nd & 1st floor were cool.
Samuel Bridge | Jul 26, 2018
This place rocks. So much fun. The Jim Henson exhibition is world class. Clean place. Friendly staff. Absolutely loved it.
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