The first moving picture, which depicted a horse running at full gallop, was later enhanced by the first special effects, which showed a horse exploding next to a 3-D spaceship. Blow your mind with this Groupon.
Choose from Four Options
- $12 for admission for two (up to a $24 value)
- $35 for one individual membership (a $75 value)
- $60 for one dual membership (a $125 value)
- $75 for one family membership (a $150 value)
Current exhibitions include artwork from DreamWorks Animation's Rise of the Guardians (through Sunday, March 3), specially commissioned 3-D lenticular posters for The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (through Sunday, March 31), and Spacewar! Video Games Blast Off, which examines and celebrates the history of video games.
Benefits of the tax-deductible memberships include unlimited free admission to museum galleries and movie screenings, as well as discounted visits to select movie theaters.
Museum Of The Moving Image
Occupying a recently renovated facility in the historic Astoria Studio complex where filmmakers have been bringing movies to life since 1927, The Museum of the Moving Image sits on the campus of one of the largest film and television production facilities on the East Coast. Established in 1981 by the Astoria Motion Picture and Television Center Foundation, the museum has been called “an amazing place” by Frommer’s, while Fodor’s says it is “twice as nice as before” its 2011 renovation. Recently, the museum has been awarded the titles of Best One-Spot-Satisfies-All Museum and Best for Film Fanatics by Time Out New York, as well as Coolest Museum Ever by Conde Nast Traveler and Best Museum–2013 by The Village Voice.
The museum displays a collection of over 130,000 movie artifacts. More than 1,400 of those are displayed in the museum's core Behind the Screen exhibition, with objects ranging from historical cameras to makeup used on the set of Sex and the City. Along with relics, the exhibit details the filmmaking process of early pictures such as The Great Train Robbery. For an interactive look at modern-day filmmaking, guests can create their own stop-motion animations at computer-based interactive stations.
The museum's ongoing First Look series gives visitors a chance to watch brand new films before they hit the festival circuit, and in 2015, the museum plans to launch an entire gallery dedicated to Jim Henson. When it's not chronicling filmmaking efforts, the museum annually screens more than 400 films in its cutting-edge 267-seat Sumner M. Redstone Theater and 68-seat screening room. Selections run the gamut from restored archival prints and new international releases to silent films scored with professional live music, a far better soundtrack than audience members humming their favorite movie themes at the same time.