Museum Of The Moving Image: A Media Lover’s Dream
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Museum Of The Moving Image: A Media Lover’s Dream

The only museum in the country dedicated to “exploring the art, history, and technology of the moving image.”

Museum Of The Moving Image: A Media Lover’s Dream
Caitlyn McAloon

If you’re a television and film lover, this museum is for you.

Located in Astoria, New York, The Museum Of The Moving Image has three floors dedicated to media. The museum holds different artifacts including set costumes and collectibles.

The Museum Of The Moving Image is appropriately placed next to New York City’s only backlot, Kaufman Astoria Studios.

Somehow, this is the only museum in the country that is dedicated to “exploring the art, history, and technology of the moving image.

The museum opened in 1988 but recently expanded and remodeled. The new design turned the Museum Of The Moving Image into beautiful modern architecture.

We were treated with cameras as old as 1908. Old school color television sets and film cameras are just a few artifacts on display.

The main exhibition, Behind the Screen, lets museum goers explore how moving images are created, marketed, and viewed. It takes the viewers behind the camera right into the director’s chair.

The museum isn’t just history, it’s interactive. We spent a majority of our time in the interactive rooms where you could pick the soundtrack to match a movie scene, place sound effects in scenes, or even place your own voice over a classic scene.

The museum shares the tricks of the trade behind television and movie scenes. Current exhibitions include: Arcade Classics, To The Moon And Beyond, and Computer Films Of The 1960s.

The Arcade Classics exhibition features over 20 video arcade games. Not only are they great to look at and reminisce, but they are playable. Grab a quarter and play your favorite Atari game.

Jim Henson will have his own exhibit at the museum with over 50 Muppets and an interactive experience into his creative process. Henson created the Muppets, the Fraggles, and “The Dark Crystal”.

A Martin Scorsese exhibit is coming soon that will feature the director’s work, personal history and his love of cinema.

Adult admission for The Museum Of The Moving Image is $15. Students with valid ID and Seniors can visit the museum for $11.

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