The Museum of the Moving Image located in Astoria Queens is the country’s only museum dedicated to the art, history, technique, and technology of the moving image in all its forms. The museum is a one-of-a-kind destination for audiences of all ages and interests, from connoisseurs of classic cinema to children and families and avid gamers.
It’s a long way from Hollywood, but Queens has one of the finest movie museums in the country. The entertaining institution is rooted in the “Behind the Screen” permanent exhibit, which features everything from historic cameras to vintage TV sets and rare merchandise like the prototypes used to create a King Kong action figure. But the real draw is the museum’s interactive exhibits, like the one that allows you to dub your own voice into famous movie scenes. The regular movie screenings are another treat, including 1940s Hollywood dramas, digital shorts, and the popular “See it Big” series, which presents classic films.
The museum reopened in 2011 after a multimillion-dollar makeover, which the New York Times described as a “face-lift that might even put Hollywood cosmeticians to shame.”
Is the Museum of Moving Image free?
Museum of the Moving Image does offer a free admission, every Friday from 4:00 to 8:00 PM