Museum of the Moving Image
3601 35th Avenue (at 36th Street)
Astoria, NY 11106
(718) 784-0077 Program Information • 777-6820 - ext. 225 Groups

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Recently renovated, this widely acclaimed institution is the only museum in the United States devoted to the art, history, and technology of motion pictures, television, and video. Here's what Stephen Holden of the New York Times had to say: "One had the sense of being transported from the everyday world straight to the set of a modern-day Oz . . . [Behind the Screen is] an educational fantasy world that teaches the history of the movie and television business while offering the hungriest nostalgia buffs tons of memorabilia." Behind the Screen . . . is a permanent exhibition designed to promote understanding of the place of film and television in American history and culture.

And example of the Museum's outstanding changing exhibitions is Jim Henson's Fantastic World, celebrating the career and achievments of the ingenius puppeteer and storyteller who has reached virtually everyone through television, film and puppetry. Fifteen of Mr. Henson's famous personalities are on display, including Miss Piggy, Kermit the Frog, Rowlf, and others.

This changing exhibition is mentioned only as an example. Call the Museum or visit the official site, linked above, for the current calendar.

The Museum of the Moving Image offers a wide arry of educational tours, workshops and screenings for School Groups of all ages. Hands-on Workshops complement guided tours of the Museum's exhibitions. Examples include:

  • Motion (GR 4-6)
    Students explore the science underlying the perception of moving images.
  • Animation (Gr 7-12)
    Introduces students to the history and technique of stop-motion animation and lets them create their own animated videos.

Educators should call the Museum to see what programs are currently available.

Hours: Open Wednesday and Thursday, 10:30am - 5pm, Friday 10:30am - 8pm, Saturday and Sunday, 11:30am - 7pm. Closed Monday, Tuesday, Thanksgiving and Christmas. See the Museum's official site, linked above, for special openings.
Adults $15.00
Seniors 65+ $11.00
College Students with ID $11.00
Children 3-17 years old $6.00
Children under 3 FREE
Admission is FREE, Friday 4 - 8pm
Paid admission includes tickets to daily film screenings and exhibitions, except for special ticketed events. Call to confirm information.
Groups (10 - 150 people):
Self-Guided Tour (2 hours recommended)
Adults $12.00
65+ $7.00
School Groups (ages 5 - 18) $6.00/child
Behind the Screen Guided Tour
Adults $15.00
Seniors over 65 $10.00
Group Reservations: At least 4 weeks in advance suggested.
Lunch: Local restaurants.
Handicapped Access: Accessible.
Directions: Triborough Bridge to Queens. Take first exit (31st St.). Turn right onto 31st St. and follow Museum signs to 35 Ave. Turn left and proceed to 36 St.

From midtown: Queensborough Bridge (lower) to Northern Blvd. (Rt. 25A). Proceed to 35 St. Turn left onto 35 St. (following Museum signs). Turn right onto 35 Ave. and proceed to 36 St.

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