Lights, Camera, Action! At the Museum of the Moving Image

on July 29, 2013

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It’s the only museum in the country entirely devoted to film, television, and the art, history and technology behind it. Just minutes from New York City,  the Museum of the Moving Image is located in one of the 13 buildings of the Astoria movie studios which were used for film-making between 1920-1970.

Visitors will find the museum does tend to focus mainly on film – but film buffs will be thrilled by the variety of exhibits on display, and films playing occasionally. Its collection, started in 1981 and on display since 1988, includes over 130,000 artifacts.

The Museum of the Moving Image (36-01 35th Ave, New York NY) has exhibits on everything behind the scenes, from “Hair and Make-up” to “Editing.” Follow the history of the development of film, camera and television technology. Check out tributes to David Bowie and Bjork’s and their influence on music videos.

A good way to experience the museum is to take the elevator to the third level and then work your way down. Throughout, you’ll even find some strange or rare artifacts and memorabilia, like masks from the film “The Elephant Man,” and a Star Wars C-3PO tape dispenser.

Other neat exhibits are those that feature “The Muppets,” and 3D Movies.

There are all sorts of interactive exhibits, good for both adults and kids, including a videogames section where you can actually play both modern games and “retro” ones (remember the ATARI? did you have one as a kid, too?).

Though the museum is not as centrally-located as most others, it’s easily accessible by car (plenty of metered parking nearby) or transit (it’s walking distance from the 36 Avenue-Astoria subway exit if you are travelling from Manhattan on a weekday – a full list of directions on the museum’s website). It’s a very good option for at least a half-day trip from Manhattan, and a must-see if you are in Queens. It’s also a good stop if you have a few hours to kill while on route to La Guardia or JFK Airport.

The museum is open Wednesdays and Thursdays from 10:30am–5pm, Fridays 10:30 am–8:00 pm (with free admission between 4pm–8pm), Saturdays and Sundays 11:30am–7pm. Admission for adults is $12.

Whether your come here alone or in a group – you’ll be entertained for hours. Oh, and stick around the Astoria area for some really great and reasonably priced eats nearby.

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