Museum of the Moving Image

Museum of the Moving Image

Museum, Indie Movie Theater, and History Museum
Astoria, Astoria
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    Stina P.
    "Permanent Jim Henson exhibit is great!"(8 Tips)
    Porfirio P.
    "Great museum for kids and the muppets exhibit is great"(6 Tips)
    HashtagNYU
    "Really cool exhibitions, and free admission for NYU students!"(10 Tips)
    Trae F.
    "The Mad Men exhibit alone is worth the visit."(6 Tips)
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  • Andre P.heart icon on user image
    Andre PlautJune 6, 2015
    This museum is unbelievable. It's beautifully curated, interactive, and engaging. You could easily spend 3 or 4 hours here, especially if you're into film & television.
    Upvoted 5 days ago
  • Erik C.
    Erik CintronFebruary 25, 2013
    In Astoria this museum is a homage to all movies,video game and how they came to be. The different eras and actors and important figures through out cinema. A lot of hand on exhibits. Great for kids
    Upvoted 2 weeks ago
  • Betsy L.heart icon on user image
    Betsy LowtherMarch 19, 2015
    Here for Mad Men (or a movie)? Stay and explore the neighborhood (especially the food). I love Mamu Thai at 36th Ave. & 36th St. (they have a great food truck but this is their newer permanent spot).
  • Emily G.heart icon on user image
    Emily GiglieranoJanuary 17, 2017
    Membership at the museum gets you the chance to see independent and/or international films you might have missed and classics you already love or have always meant to see--all on the big screen.
  • Marie L.heart icon on user image
    Marie La RueJanuary 20, 2020
    Jim Henson exhibition is absolutely incredible. A must stop for all lovers of cinema. Great for families. Free on Fridays after 4pm.
  • Madm F.heart icon on user image
    Madm FiaJanuary 26, 2016
    Awesome place if you are into the evolution of movie and the such. They have the original Exorcist head and some Freddy Kruger stuff!
  • Trae F.heart icon on user image
    Trae FMay 17, 2015
    The Mad Men exhibit alone is worth the visit. The museum itself is a real gem.
  • funky f.heart icon on user image
    funky flavorAugust 24, 2016
    The great thing about this museum is that it not only teach you the history of cinema but also branches out into evolution of video games (it is moving image after all)
  • Tiffanyheart icon on user image
    TiffanyApril 19, 2016
    Interesting museum that discusses the history of film and the amount of work that goes into it. NYU students get in for free!
  • Pavlixheart icon on user image
    PavlixJuly 18, 2018
    A wonderful museum on the history of moving images in a city where so many classic films were shot.From Scorsese to Star Wars,video games to kinetoscope,it provides a uniquely immersive experience
  • Savoteur
    SavoteurAugust 2, 2016
    The Museum of the Moving Image is one of Astoria’s most cherished cultural institutions. The museum screens 400 movies a year, from silent classics  to contemporary hits. Read more
  • New York Habitat
    New York HabitatApril 21, 2014
    For a historical and interactive experience, this is an amazing museum for you to visit. Check out the sound effects room, the Jim Henson exhibit & the video games are a fan favorite!
  • Jimmy C.
    Jimmy ChrabiehSeptember 1, 2014
    Great experience, Part of the Historical Kaufman studios. Cheap entrance. Interactive. Don't forget to do a flip book, and bring some coins to play in some games ;) Ask about special movie showings.
  • Kathleen V.heart icon on user image
    Kathleen VargasMay 20, 2015
    I really enjoyed it especially their new exhibition of mad men and how they have the set and the different clothing they use. Quite impressed!! I would definitely go back when they have a new exhibit
  • Robin B.heart icon on user image
    Robin BrunelleDecember 12, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Fantastic museum dedicated to film, video, and animation. Great for expert and casual visitors alike. Great for kids, too! Never crowded and always fascinating. Historical info plus pop culture fun.
  • Julie S.
    Julie SosciaJanuary 13, 2019
    A fun and unexpected museum in Astoria. Check out the arcade room (you will need tokens to play) and the pop culture memorabilia. Fridays from 4-8pm it's free admission.
  • Brandon F.
    Brandon F.July 25, 2016
    Out of museums all over NYC, this is one to be visited for something everyone can relate to. Their arcade is cool, but a lot of their machines still need fixing — some having broken buttons/joysticks.
  • Owen H.
    Owen HerterichAugust 28, 2016
    One of my fave museums. It’s kind of far away in Queens, but has really great exhibitions on movies, pop culture, technology, and interactive media.
  • Johnny J.
    Johnny JackpotAugust 30, 2014
    I cannot get enough of this museum. It's a paradise for the erudite performing artist. The current Chuck Jones exhibit is fabulous as was the Jim Henson installation. National Treasure
  • Joseph W.
    Joseph WalshNovember 23, 2019
    Been here 10+ times
    The church for movie lovers. The history of film in one location, plus one of the best screening rooms in NYC. If I could pay rent here, I would.
  • Yiğit G.heart icon on user image
    Yiğit GülerJuly 3, 2016
    A small but very well organized museum. The building itself is worth visiting. The collection is rich and gives a great perspective about cinema history
  • Time Out New York
    Time Out New YorkJune 28, 2013
    The C-3PO tape dispenser in the Behind the Screen exhibit was produced to promote The Empire Strikes Back; the company responsible also made mugs featuring the heads of other Star Wars characters. Read more
  • Philo4Thoughtheart icon on user image
    Philo4ThoughtFebruary 9, 2015
    Wonderful special exhibits and community events are hosted in this NY staple. Get on their mailing list for a community calendar you won't want to miss.
  • Chris C.heart icon on user image
    Chris CooksonJanuary 9, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    Keep an eye out for membership deals on Groupon. Being a member is absolutely worth it for all the screenings they do alone. It's a really fun museum too, any movie geek would be in heaven here!
  • Ingrid O.heart icon on user image
    Ingrid OliveiraSeptember 21, 2016
    Movie lover or just a curious person? Don't think twice before coming here. Incredibly interactive and a guarantee of great fun!
  • Sietse V.heart icon on user image
    Sietse Van DoorslaerMarch 10, 2015
    Lovely modern building and great exhibition. Great and cheap little cafe. Look for the Miss Doubtfire memorablia!
  • Dominika D.
    Dominika DabrowskaSeptember 4, 2013
    This place is pure AWESOME. Try to catch a movie in their theater. Pricey, but a cool changeup from the usual movie theater experience.
  • Michael C.heart icon on user image
    Michael CristeApril 12, 2015
    Great museum, it is small so don't think it is the type you will "get lost" in. The special exhibits are always great in my experience.
  • Masha A.heart icon on user image
    Masha AntropovaJune 15, 2013
    Such a cool museum! You get to see music videos of every genre from weird remixes to bjork in 3D. The third floor is the best, you can try to do VoiceOvers (that's hilarious!)
  • 99U
    99UApril 22, 2014
    Movie history meets cutting-edge architecture at the recently renovated AMMI. If you’re a film buff, it’s worth the trip to Queens. Wed-Thur: 10:30am-5pm | Fri: 10:30am-8pm | Sat-Sun: 11:30am-7pm
  • Dan L.heart icon on user image
    Dan LamFebruary 24, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    Great museum for film screenings and q+a's. Be sure to grab their calendar to see what's going on. Perfect for Film & TV lovers.
  • Dawn B.
    Dawn BSeptember 25, 2011
    Anyone who has ever wondered how they made a movie or likes the movie making process will love this museum. Cool interactive exhibits and neat displays of both modern and historic films.
  • Ilene M.
    Ilene MedinaApril 14, 2013
    The Spacewar video game exhibit is amazing, games like Asteroids and Space Invaders, all the way to Portal and Mario Galaxy. Very fun and good for kids.
  • Jeremy G.
    Jeremy GoldsteinJune 23, 2013
    One of my favorite museums in the city. Easy to see everything. Fun interactive exhibits. Nice space. Be sure to do the VoiceOver booth.
  • Fodor's Travel
    Fodor's TravelAugust 21, 2015
    In 2011, the Museum of the Moving Image, in Astoria, completed an equally massive, size-doubling $67 million revamp that added new galleries, theaters, and a courtyard.
  • Ebrahim B.heart icon on user image
    Ebrahim BandookwalaMarch 11, 2019
    Really nice gallery of news TV and everything in between .. computer games on the top floor.
  • Ann O.heart icon on user image
    Ann OsipovaMay 28, 2017
    Free admission on Fridays 4:00-8:00 p.m. Super fun😍
  • Lauren M.heart icon on user image
    Lauren MacNovember 16, 2015
    Really gorgeous clean design to the building itself and plenty of fun interactive exhibits for everyone to enjoy. Great museum!
  • Stephanie N.heart icon on user image
    Stephanie NilesJune 14, 2017
    Has so many cool pieces from all the classic movies! My favorite part was definitely the portrait gallery
  • Chris D.
    Chris DavisSeptember 9, 2012
    Come with a blank DVD-R and search around the outside of the building, you just might find a DVD slot that will burn media curated as part of Aram Bartholl's "Dead Drop" art installation. Read more
  • Julie S.
    Julie SosciaAugust 2, 2018
    A gem in Astoria, Queens - check out the arcade room (you need to grab tokens to play) and the pop culture memorabilia.
  • Julie S.
    Julie SosciaJuly 17, 2018
    A gem in Astoria, Queens - check out the arcade room (you need to grab tokens to play) and the pop culture memorabilia.
  • City of New York
    City of New YorkDecember 26, 2012
    After a three-year renovation and expansion that nearly doubled its previous size, the City-owned Museum of the Moving Image in Astoria, Queens reopened on January 2011.
  • Shaelyn A.
    Shaelyn AmaioFebruary 18, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    The second floor of the permanent exhibit includes an interactive where you can record a video with your friends. After, you can buy a flip book of your video in the gift shop!
  • Jen B.heart icon on user image
    Jen BergMay 30, 2015
    Free admission after 4PM on Friday and open until 8. You should be able to get through everything in 2-3 hours. Do it.
  • Carmen N.heart icon on user image
    Carmen NJuly 24, 2017
    Been here 5+ times
    Adored the Jim Henson exhibition and the video games exhibit. The regular movie screenings are also excellent.
  • Cooper S.heart icon on user image
    Cooper SmithJanuary 28, 2014
    Madden NFL: 25 Years and Running looks back on the groundbreaking video game franchise Madden NFL, from the original John Madden Football (1988) on Apple II to present (Jan 9th - Feb 23rd, 2014)
  • Nicole R.heart icon on user image
    Nicole ReganApril 19, 2016
    Amazing museum in a beautiful space, always have new great exhibits. Lots of interactive components too.
  • Gavriel M.
    Gavriel MamanJune 11, 2013
    If you haven't been here, go NOW, this museum is immersive and interactive and truly embodies a feeling of a living museum, with relatable culture due to presentation of current popular media!
  • Serena Z.heart icon on user image
    Serena ZampolliSeptember 2, 2015
    Loved it! Media art at his best! A must for lovers of cinema, video and digital art. Been to the Tron screening, which was a very good idea
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