Museum of the Moving Image

Museum of the Moving Image

The Museum of the Moving Image is the only museum in the United States devoted to exploring the creative process behind movies, television, and digital entertainment.

Welcome to the Museum of the Moving Image, the nation's largest and most comprehensive collection of artifacts relating to the art, history, and technology of the moving image. This museum, located in Queens, first opened in 1988 within the former Astoria Studios. There are over 130,000 artifacts total within this museum, covering the history of film, tv, and digital media. Enjoy the various interactive displays, changing exhibitions, and educational programs all throughout the museum.

One of the biggest draws to the museum is the film screenings, with over 400 a year here, the overall selection of screenings an excellent mix of classic and contemporary. The diverse screening program even allows for a panoramic view of the moving image in general.

The main exhibit here is Behind the Screen, with over 1400 artifacts within. Interactive exploration of audiovisual material and artwork is the focus of this exhibit, which shows the process of producing, marketing, and showing movies and television programs. Additionally, there are several more large and small scale changing exhibits, installations, and events on the 3rd floor, such as one of the most popular, Jim Henson's Fantastic World, which explores the worlds of The Muppet Show, Sesame Street, Fraggle Rock, and more.

There are several different curriculum-based educational programs, guided tours, screening programs, and hands-on workshops available within the new Ann and Andrew Tisch Education Center for your group to explore as well!