Museum of the Moving Image in Astoria Queens

The Museum of the Moving Image, located at 35th Avenue and 37th Street in Astoria, opened its doors in 1988, and is entirely dedicated to the moving image, from its history and art to modern technology. The only museum like it in the entire country, the exhibits at this museum take visitors on a trip through history in interactive and incredibly engaging ways. Whether your family is glued to the tube or if you don’t own a TV, this is an exciting way to spend an afternoon with your tweens and teens.

The museum is just finishing a major renovation and expansion that completely transformed the one decaying building into a breathtaking architectural wonder. The museum now features a larger screening room, a new gallery space for changing exhibitions, lobby, gift shop, café, and even a courtyard.

The museum’s main exhibition, Behind the Screen, educates visitors in the creative process of making a moving image through various artifacts, interactive experiences, and artwork. One particular interactive feature allows visitors to try their hand at creating sound effects for two major films, and then gives them the opportunity to email their creations. There are also regularly scheduled family workshops and screenings, generally suitable for kids ages 8 and up. For example, this month families can participate in a hand-drawn flipbook workshop, where you can learn about the how and why behind the creation of a moving image, and then make your own flipbook to take home.

There are screenings and live events that take place daily in the museum’s theatre. Another part of the overhaul included the brand new theatre and screening room. The museum offers family friendly films every weekend, and on holidays, which is a great way to entertain your kids when they are off from school.

If your child is fascinated by movies, TV, or video games, this museum is really a must see. As an added element, the museum will also be offering a Summer Media Camp starting this August. The week long courses will be designed for kids ages 10-17, and will cover animation, video production, and video game programming. For more information on the camp, call 718-777-6820.

Admission to the museum is $10 for adults, $7.50 for seniors and college students with valid ID, and $5 for children ages 5-18. Museum members and kids under 5 are free. They also offer free admission every Friday from 4pm-8pm. For more information on everything the museum has to offer your family, as well as access to online exclusive exhibits, visit www.movingimage.us.

Jesseca Stenson