We recently stopped by the Museum of the Moving Image, a monumental one-of-a-kind space located in Astoria, NY that celebrates the history and technology behind film, television, video games and general digital media with exhibits (many interactive) featuring memorabilia, art, props, photos, costumes, toys and many other fun artifacts for both the young and old to learn about the history of the moving image.
As we usually do, we took a ton of pics during our visit, including shots from the ongoing Jim Henson Exhibition, which praises the late, great New Yorker’s best creations like ‘The Muppets,’ ‘Fraggle Rock,’ ‘The Dark Crystal,’ and ‘Labyrinth,’ along with highlighting his contributions to ‘Sesame Street’ and more.
Behind the Screen, the museum’s core exhibit, took us behind the scenes and gave us a deeper look into some of our favorite sci-fi and horror franchises like ‘Star Wars,’ ‘Star Trek,’ ‘A Nightmare on Elm Street,’ ‘The Exorcist,’ ‘The Elephant Man’ and others.
Unfortunately now closed, the A Whole Different Ball Game: Playing Through 60 Years of Sports Video Games exhibit allowed us hands-on gaming action with access to over 40 sports video games spread across vintage gaming machines like old arcade cabinets, plus ancient PCs and Macs, along with more modern consoles from the people who brought you Microsoft’s Xbox and Nintendo.
MoMI’s admission is $15 for adults (18+), $11 for senior citizens (65+) and students (18+), $9 for children (3-17), and free for museum members and children under 3. Admission is also absolutely free for everyone every Friday from 4-8pm. There’s also free coat check, which is nice. Needless to say, the museum is worth a visit if you’re in the area.