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“Impressive modern minimalist interiors; insufficient exhibits” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Museum of the Moving Image

Museum of the Moving Image
36-01 35th Ave, Astoria, NY 11106
718-777-6888
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Ranked #1 of 37 things to do in Astoria
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Owner description: The only museum in the United States that is devoted exclusively to the history, art and technology of movies, television and video.
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“Impressive modern minimalist interiors; insufficient exhibits”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2012

the museum is situated less conveniently in Queens, but is housed in an impressive modern building. The section on the history of cinema and film making, is comprehensive and as good as it gets. However, I had expected more in terms of film shows and special exhibitions. On the thursday I visited, none of these were featured; except the Muppet show which did not particularly interest me.
One point to mention is the canteen at ground level looks into a stark patch of green; giving a zen like ambience

Visited August 2012
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“Off the beaten path”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2012

Take a train to Queens and go to visit the Museum of the Moving Image. When we got there, I heard the distinct sound of Kermit the Frog. They had just started a special on the Muppet Show in their theatre!!! After a half an hour of Muppets and Harry Belafonte we finally got up to explore the rest of the museum. The top floor was interesting if you knew the specific movies that the displays were representing, but left the girls something to be desired. The second floor, however, was fabulous. There were lots of neat movie tricks, props, costumes, and photos and videos of many famous actors/actresses! If you have the time to journey off the beaten path, go for it. Be warned you will have a four block walk through Astoria, a local neighborhood, not touristy at all so somw people may be put off by that. There are some chain establishments nearby for a meal as well as a burger place across the street that we couldn't fit in. Hopefully next time!

Visited July 2012
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“Fun & Unusual”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2012

There is a lot of great movie memorabilia here. Cool makeup displays and costumes, and some classic marketing and collectable material, like posters and lunchboxes and dolls. Just about every era and genre is represented. Plus there is an interactive area where you can create your own animation. The high point for me was a recreation of the Hollywood Egyptian Theater made by pop artist Red Grooms, you can walk inside My coolest souvenir is the personal flip book! it. We went on Friday after 4pm so it was free.

Visited June 2012
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“Fun and interactive”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2012

Great collection of old cameras and other film industry equipment. Also sit in the sound booth and do your own movie style "voice-overs". Fun with friends. Lots to do. We enjoyed a couple of hours here before our flight out of Laguardia. The museum will check your bags while you look around. Start fom the top and work your way down. Also- if you are a teacher, bring some form of identification and you get in free.

Visited August 2012
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“All round entertainment!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2012

It is a shame that this fabulous museum is a distance out from the major New York scene because it really is a hidden gem and is certainly not one to be missed. However, if it was situated in the heart of Manhattan it would be mobbed - so I guess you can't have it both ways.

The title 'Museum of the Moving Image' might imply that it is purely for film enthusiasts - but there is so much more to it than that. Our 8 year old loved the experience - there was plenty of 'hands-on' activities for him, which always goes down well.

I researched this before our visit and noticed on the internet that there is free access to this venue on Fridays 4-8pm. However, delving a little deeper I discovered a Saturday workshop called the 'Drop-in Moving Image Studio' which appears to be on every Saturday 12noon-5pm. It is aimed at children over 7 years old and is included in the museum admission ($12 for adults, $6 for children). The marvellous museum educators there engage the child in hands-on creative work, making projects from flipbooks and thaumatropes to stop-motion and computer animations, and video games. Our son was totally absorbed here and was thrilled to have the opportunity to email his flipbook home. To my amazement there were times when he was the only child in there soaking up all the attention of the educators to himself. Where was everyone else? They missed so much fun! We were at the workshop for about 3 hours which left us short of time to spend on the other amazing activities!

The museum has an interesting array of video arcade machines which are all in playable condition. The museum sells tokens for these - $1 for 4 tokens, $5 for 20 tokens. It also shows films which are running continuously - The Muppets sounded entertaining for a good family film - but sadly we simply did not have enough time to spend at either the film of the video arcade games. But another time perhaps.

Of course the museum has displays of old lighting, recording and imaging equipment, including examples of old TV sets and radios. In contrast it also has sound booths where visitors can change commentaries, dub sounds, create images, and explore movement and lighting. The museum also brings the media technology right up to the present day with its Internet reading room.

Our only regret is that we didn't arrive earlier in order to make a whole day of the experience. Please learn from our mistakes and arrived with time to spend. The museum times are Tues-Thurs: 10.30-5, Fri: 10.30-8, and Sat&Sun: 10.30-7.

I believe that the nearest subway is Steinway Street but it is quite a walk from there as the museum is south along Steinway Street, turn right on 35th Ave and then over 3 blocks to the museum entrance just past 37th Street.

Worth the journey though, however you manage to get there!

Visited July 2012
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