Those of you who are interested in the development of films and filmmaking should consider yourselves lucky to be in New York, as it houses one of the world’s best museums dedicated to the moving image. Known simply as the Museum of the Moving Image, this landmark destination in the Astoria district is the only of its kind in the US. It covers every aspect of the history, technology, technique, and art of the moving image, and presents a fascinating picture of the development of film making.
Its vast collection of 130,000 artifacts covers everything from optical toys used back in the 19th century to the latest in gaming media and digital art. Observers will get a unique insight into every stage of the production, promotion and final presentation of television programs, motion pictures, and digital media. Additionally, the museum actively hosts educational programs, film screenings and discussions with leading television and film personalities. It also keeps hosting new and fascinating exhibitions from time to time, apart from constantly upgrading and improving its interactive core exhibition.
The museum has some exciting events in the store. On Tuesday, February 15, it is hosting an evening with famous film and TV personality Bill Cosby. The name is familiar to virtually every American who has watched television. He will be interviewed by the museum curator, David Schwartz.
March 10 brings a treat for comedy aficionados, as the museum hosts an evening with two legendary comedians, Anne Meara and Jerry Stiller. The two were regulars on television even as far back as the 1960s, and their standup comedy routines have tickled generations of audiences. During the evening they will talk about their careers and journey through different decades of television.
The museum has also upgraded its core exhibition, ‘Behind the Scenes’, with new artifacts and its highly creative and fascinating Live TV Control Room display, which recreates a live baseball commentary studio.
For more details about these and other forthcoming events, including film and documentary screenings, please visit the official website, www.movingimage.us. The museum remains closed on Mondays, and it is open from 10.30 am to 5 pm, Tuesday – Thursday, 10.30 am – 8 pm on Fridays, and 10.30 am – 7 pm on the weekends. The address is 35th Avenue, 37 Street, Astoria, New York 11106. The tickets are priced at $30 for the general public and $20 for members of the museum, while entry is free for members who have Silver Screen or higher privileges.
Museum of the Moving Image
36-01 35th Ave, Queens, NY 11106
Phone: (718) 777-6800