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“Worth a visit but not outstanding”

Museum of the Moving Image
Ranked #1 of 24 things to do in Astoria
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: The only museum in the United States that is devoted exclusively to the history, art and technology of movies, television and video.
Useful Information: Activities for young children, Activities for older children, Wheelchair access, Stairs / elevator, Lockers / storage, Food available for purchase, Stroller parking, Bathroom facilities
Reviewed November 9, 2012

I agree with the other reviews that say the museum needs more. It also needs to decide what its focus is - whether it is a fun historical museum or a contemporary art space. A lot of the fourth floor (the recommended starting space for a visit) was taken up by a theatre showing an uninspiring video installation. However, there still many enjoyable interactive displays (e.g dubbing your voice into a Simpson's scene) and interesting exhibits which we all enjoyed.

An added bonus is that visiting here gets you out of Manhattan. It is worth walking-up to Broadway, the nearby main street (you may need to get directions), to see a different part of New York. You can also then get the subway where it is above ground, which is also an interesting experience.

Thank Glenno11
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Reviewed November 6, 2012

Was a nice tour with a video explaining how movies were made originally as in silent films up to present day There were old cameras and descriptions of how things worked and it was all very exciting and interestingly displayed.

Thank pegasus306
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Reviewed October 25, 2012

The potential is enormous, but sadly I found the museum lacking. It didn't help that the woman selling tickets wasn't friendly or courteous. Unfortunately that first exposure left a feeling, throughout - the building is interesting, but it felt cold and impersonal, the exhibits are nice, but lack any meaningful contextual depth - only the cursory explanation. Great photographs of stars are mounted at the ceiling and you do not get to see them well. The special films running were too contemporary and esoteric. I kept trying to find things to like about the museum, but I was underwhelmed.

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Reviewed October 8, 2012

Went to see the Jim Henson exhibit. Wasn't really family friendly- the layout doesn't allow for strollers. The on site cafe had really limited selection and seating. Watching The Muppet Show in the theater and that was a blast for the little kids. Probably wouldn't go back here unless it was for another special exhibit.

Thank mazafratz
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Reviewed October 7, 2012

This little known attraction should be on the bucket list for anyone interested in the history or art of movie making. Three floors in a modern building. The exhibits explained and in many cases provided an interactive activity to demonstrate through the visitor’s participation each aspect of putting a move together. This included music, editing, voice over, Foley effect, hair, overlay, etc. It even allows you to make a movie by photographing anything you want, one frame at a time.

Includes a history of the film industry a dozen old playable video games (remember Pong?), and 2 "must see" short movies, one by the Amreican Academy of Directors and the other by the Writer's Guild Foundation. Each film has 50+ film clips from famous movies.

This 3 story modern building is about the same distance from Midtown to the foot of Manhatten, but directions are poor. If you go, the easiest way is the MTA, R or M line. Exit at the Steinway stop on the corner of 34th and Steinway, walk back one block in the direction from where the train came, turn right and wlak two short blocks. Total trip time 30' - 40' o/w.

Thank kasey1945
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