The Museum of the Moving Image has been around since 1988, but people kind of forgot about it. I didn’t even know it existed until I read about it’s big renovation and re-opening a couple years ago. Since then, it’s been viewed in NYC as the museum to check out, but I had just never made it there. Astoria is easy to get to, but not nearly as easy as going to one of the Manhattan art museums that are just a few blocks from my own apartment.
The Museum of the Moving Image was worth the extra couple subway stops. It is so different from any of the other museums. Most think of LA as the main tv/movie hub, but Astoria was once a big player in that game and the museum chronicles it all. The museum chronicles the changing technology so you can see what cameras or make up used to look like way back when. It also has a lab so kids can learn first hand how things like stop motion animation work. For the big kids, there’s a screening room. As we were leaving people were lining up to see the 2 PM showing of The Godfather. I am a big Mad Men fan (can’t wait for the 2nd half of the final season to air next week ahhh!) so I loved the current exhibit, “Matthew Weiner’s Mad Men,” which shows the creative process of the show. Any fan of the show will love getting to see Joan’s costumes and stand inside the Draper’s kitchen.
I’m not saying there is anything wrong with The Met or The MoMA, but the Museum of the Moving Image is a unique experience. If you live in the city, it’s definitely one you shouldn’t pass up. I couldn’t think of a better rainy/snowy day activity.
Date of Completion: 3/28/15