There are plenty of museums out there for people who love art and sculpture, but this is the number-one museum for film buffs. It’s the mission of the Museum of the Moving Image to educate people on the technology, history, technique, and art of film, as well as television and digital media. This mission is fulfilled with the museum’s outstanding collection of artifacts, including costumes, photographs, publicity material, technical equipment, video games, and old movie-theater furnishings.
The Museum of the Moving Image is also great for casual movie fans and children, who enjoy learning more about the medium through interactive exhibits and special screenings. The screenings, which include a variety of motion pictures (restored prints of old films and movies currently making their way on the international festival circuit among them), are often made all the more interesting by the participation of scholars, critics, and even actors and directors.
Museum of the Moving Image Information
- Public Transportation: Good (accessible by subway lines M and R at Steinway Street; N and Q at 36th Avenue; and buses Q66, Q101, Q102, and Q104)
- Handicapped Accessibility: Good
- Performances/Programs: A variety of themed weekend screenings focusing on specific genres, movements, and filmmakers. Museum-sponsored screenings are frequently held at the DGA Theater in Manhattan, located at 110 West 57th Street. Filmmakers associated with the work being screened often attend these screenings to lecture beforehand
- Ticket Prices: Adults $10; seniors, college students with ID $7.50, children (3–18) $5; members and children under 3 free; admission to galleries is free on Friday 4–8 p.m.
- Museum Hours: Tuesday–Thursday 10:30 a.m.–5 p.m., Friday 10:30 a.m.–8 p.m., Saturday–Sunday 10:30 a.m.–7 p.m.