The Museum of Moving Image

The Museum of Moving Image has recently re-opened after a three years renovation stop. And the owners haven’t kept it simple! 65 million dollars were necessary to give a new amazing look at this beautiful museum set in Astoria-Queens. When you enter the museum you could think to have been thrown into Kubrick’s A Clockwork Orange movie set–everything is completely white and you would fall into temptation to order a “milk-plus” at the ground floor cafeteria. Go instead for an Italian Illy coffee and then start your visit.

Go upstairs for a full immersion in movies and videogames’ memorabilia. You will find early 1900’s film posters, the boxing gloves worn by Robert De Niro in Raging Bull, the Star Trek action figures (but also kitchen sets, dresses and telephones!), photos of the movies stars and a big parade of ‘70s and ‘80s arcades like Atari, Nintendo 8 bit, and of course the legendary Space Invaders game.

If you still need a good dose of cinema in your blood, go to the second floor where you will be overwhelmed by the whole history of cinematography, since the first Lumière brothers’ attempts to the more recent technologies. You will see how a movie or a TV-show practically works: you can dub a film scene (chosen between Coming to America or a Fifties classic), you can create the sound effects of a Simpson’s episode or a Terminator scene, or you can be the director of a football game. You can conclude your visit with the new technologies section, dedicated to virtual reality and 3D.

The museum is very interactive and fun, perfect for adults and children; there are many temporary exhibitions and screenings of independent or rare movies.

The Museum of Moving Image is located at 36-01 35 Avenue (at 37 Street) in Astoria.
Opening hours: Tue-Thu: 10.30 am to 5 pm – Fri: 10.30 am to 8 pm ­– Sat: 10.30 am to 7 pm – Mon: closed.
Tickets are $10 for adults, $7.50 for seniors and students with valid ID, $5 for children ages 3 to 18.


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