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.
Reflecting the diverse scope and scale of science itself, the exhibits at the New York Hall of Science range from massive NASA rockets to holographic depictions of the infinitesimal atom. Originally built for the 1964 World's Fair to showcase technological advancements, the center has since transformed into an interactive museum and leading innovator in exhibit technology and educational programming that, since 1986, has seen more than 7 million visitors. Today, more than 450 interactive exhibits, along with 3D movies and live daily demonstrations, invite visitors of all ages to explore the world by watching living microbes thrive and evolve in a miniscule zoo, discovering the powerful mathematics hidden in everyday objects, and testing their understanding of physics in the science playground, along with the mini-golf course inspired by the cosmos. One of the featured programs, Design Lab, consists of five visually and thematically distinct activity areas that evoke a sense of childlike playfulness and imagination. The activities encourage visitors to be creative while experimenting with structures, circuits, and simple materials. The youngest visitors can also enjoy a developmentally-appropriate science education of their own in Preschool Place.
Staff Size: 2–10 people
Average Duration of Services: 2–4 hours
Pro Tip: Wear comfortable walking shoes.
Most Popular Attraction/Offering: Forgotten NY tours with Kevin Walsh
Recommended Age Group: Adults
Q&A with Rosalie Kenny, Volunteer/Board Member
When and how did you first develop a passion for your work?
Our primary guides, Kevin Walsh and Richard Melnick, are licensed New York City tour guides. As New York natives, they have been fascinated their whole lives by watching the city change and discovering and sharing its secrets.
I'm a first-timer. How do you get me ready for the experience?
Arrive 10–15 minutes early, bring water, wear comfortable walking shoes. Occasionally we cover slightly rough terrain. Ask questions.
Have you ever been a patron of your own business? If so, what was the most enjoyable part?
The most enjoyable part of our walking tours is learning a new fact about a neighborhood you may have thought you knew well. I love hearing the whole group laugh or say "Ohhh" in response to our tour guides.
From the outside, it's a humble former school—but step through the century-old structure's doors, and you'll find an always-changing exhibition spotlighting some of today's leading creators of visual art. MoMA PS1 is among the oldest and largest nonprofit contemporary art institutions in the United States, and it's been championing the newest works, artists, genres, and pronunciations of "gouache" since its founding in 1971.
While a shifting kaleidoscope of paintings, photographs, films, and sculptures fills the halls, a few pieces have found a more permanent home at the museum. Visitors can stop by to see works such as A bit of matter and a little bit more, which Lawrence Weiner painted on the doors at PS1's first exhibition; William Kentridge's Stair Procession, which has been waiting for the elevator since 2000; and In the Woods by Ernesto Caivano, an immersive landscape created from paint and paper.
Whether you're an artist or just someone who appreciates art, New York Hall of Science in Flushing is the perfect museum choice for you.
Don't worry about packing a snack. This museum has a great restaurant so you can keep the fun going.
With its kid-friendly vibe, this museum is a great spot for families.
Parking is plentiful, so patrons can feel free to bring their vehicles.
There's no better way to spend your day off than with a golf game at New York Hall of Science in Flushing. Book your reservation today and get ready for a day of fun.
Get ready for some serious visual stimulation at Corona's Louis Armstrong House Museum, where art experts and novices come together.
Sit down for a savory meal at their in-house restaurant.
The perfect place to take the kids, this museum won't cost you a sitter.
Brush up on your parallel parking skills — the museum's 107th St location offers nearby street parking.