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“The Jim Henson Exhibition”

Museum of the Moving Image
Ranked #2 of 26 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 older children, Bathroom facilities, Food available for purchase, Lockers / storage, Wheelchair access, Stroller parking, Activities for young children, Stairs / elevator
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

From Port Authority, I took the R-train from Times Square ($2.50 per ride to the Steinway Station. The museum is located a few blocks away. I liked the exhibit because it is a wonderful experience to see the original puppets and costumes. If you are willing to read, you will learn a lot more about the history and production of Sesame Street, The Muppet Show, etc. One adult admission costs $15.00. There are accommodations for large groups. Seating is available if you brought a lunch or snack.

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

On a recent visit to NYC with our 10 year old grandson, we found ourselves in search of more indoor activities due to rainier weather than expected. My husband found this very interesting museum on one of the “What to do with Kids in NY” sites. So glad he did as it proved to be a favorite activity for all of us.

The museum is very interactive which was perfect for the 10 yr. old (as well as his grands!). The history and process was presented in very interesting exhibits. We were lucky to be there when it wasn’t very crowded, but they did provide multiple stations for partipation. I personally loved the Jim Henson exhibit!

We reached the museum by an easy subway ride from Midtown and a short walk from the station. There are numerous small restaurants in the area, and just being in a different neighborhood without high-rises and car honking was a pleasant and interesting experience! Highly recommend!

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We went to this museum on a recommendation. It can be reached by metro but it still involves lots of walking from our station. I will note that when we left we did catch a bus near the museum to ride to the metro station. So, be sure to check your route and transportation options. Parking is on the street, and like all of NY City difficult to find.
We also had trouble finding the entry way (maybe it was us).
When we arrived we got a map which proved to be helpful. The museum only covers two floors but they are packed with lots of information and many, many artifacts. We started on the top floor as suggested by the admission clerk.
There are several areas where you can make your own moving images; a flipbook video, a stop action video, add sound to a video and select music for a movie scene. They also have a very interesting display of how play-by-play is done at a baseball game.
There are displays of old televisions and explanation of how the televised image is transmitted, early films and how motion was studied at an early time.
We loved all the displays of special effects and costumes. Of course we enjoyed the Star Trek and Star Wars and Muppets displays too.
They do offer movie screenings and childrens programing but we didn't do those things.
There is a coat check, a cafe, and a store. We didn't use any of those services.
The musuem is pakced full of displays and information. I can see going again for another special exhibit. Plan on at least a half day to fully explore what they have to offer.

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

If you love movies and want to both view some great ones, this is the place. History of movies with a museum. Movies shown art not the ones that are presently in movie theatres. You can easily spend a day here just looking around. check their website to find out what is going on. There are things for both kids and adults.

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Reviewed May 12, 2018 via mobile

We travelled to Astoria by NYC Ferry, specifically to visit this Museum and it did not less us down. The exhibits are on two floors with the lower covering the history of the Moving Image with a special display relating to Jim Henson, however, it was on the upper floor that we particularly enjoyed the experience of the various aspects of film making, with hands on exhibits. It needs a good couple of hours, with a break in the cafe to refuel.

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