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Museum of the Moving Image

Museums, Movies and TV Astoria
5 out of 5 stars
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RECOMMENDED: Museum of the Moving Image

Only 15 minutes from midtown, the Museum of the Moving Image is one of the city’s most dynamic institutions. Rubbing elbows with Kaufman Astoria Studios, it includes a three-story extension that features a state-of-the-art 267-seat cinema and expanded gallery spaces. Meanwhile, the museum’s “Behind the Screen” exhibit examines every step of the filmmaking process, with artifacts from more than 1,000 different productions, and 14 classic (playable!) video games, including Asteroids, Ms. Pac-Man and Space Invaders.


Venue name: Museum of the Moving Image
Address: 36-01 35th Ave
Cross street: at 37th St
Opening hours: Wed, Thu 10:30am–5pm; Fri 10:30am–8pm; Sat, Sun 11:30am–7pm
Transport: Subway: M, R to Steinway St; N, Q to 36th Ave
Price: $12, seniors and students $9, children 3–12 $6, members and children under 3 free. Fri 4–8pm free
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My all time favorite NYC museum! (Although as a person who works in film and television I am perhaps a bit biased!) Their collection of behind the scenes props/make up/set pieces is massive and you really get an in depth look at the history of the camera/editing/sound and everything in between. Their rotating exhibits are always really interesting and well curated and now with the addition of the permanent Jim Henson Exhibit, this is a must see for people of all ages! Also, the price of your ticket includes one of their movie screenings, so if you time it right, this museum is also one of the best deals around town! 


Museum of the Moving Image is one of my favorite museums in all of NYC. It's interactive, fun for adults and kids alike, and is always changing - so you can go back multiple times and enjoy a new experience each time. This museum is especially interesting if you're very into television shows or movies. They even have an area where you can play video games for as long as you'd like (perfect for kids!). It's also in Astoria so you can catch a great bite to eat before or after!

A must-see museum, I loved that it's very hands on in some parts and you learn a ton about every aspect of filmography. There's even a part of the permanent exhibits where you see how live sportscasting is done, and a part where you can dub over films with your own soundtrack to see how music changes the mood of film. They also have a ton of costumes from famous movies (Queen Latifah's sparkly dress from "Chicago", the mask Robin Williams wore for "Miss Doubtfire" and more!) A bit out of the way for those who don't live in Queens but totally worth the trek. Cute part of the neighborhood too.

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On a visit to New York a few years back, my cousin wanted to go to the Museum of Moving Image. Since this visit I have brought my family to the museum also as this is one of my favourite museums visited ever. 

Not only is the museum fun and allows you to enjoy in some activity throughout but it also hosts some great pieces and allows you a little into the world of film and television. I don't want to say too much, part of the fun is the little bits you find along the way.