Consider taking a quick train ride outside of Manhattan to find the Museum of the Moving Image, a unique place for those looking for fun outside of the busy city center. This museum is the only one in the country dedicated to the art, techniques, and history of the moving image. Its doors opened in 1988 as the American Museum of the Moving Image and in 2011 the museum reopened its doors with a larger space with a new theater. It is part of the historic Kaufman Astoria Studios which was founded by Paramount Pictures in 1920. Over 100 silent films have been made at Kaufman Studios. But there are still current hit shows being recorded at the studio. One prominent hit show made here is Sesame Street, which has been filming at Kaufman since 1992.
The Museum of the Moving Image wants to expand the public understanding of how filmmaking originated. It also spotlights the technologies have been created since then. The museum’s exhibits include the largest collection of moving-image related artifacts and educational programming. Its core exhibit, Behind the Screen, uses over 1,400 artifacts to help visitors understand the process of making moving images. Some of the activities at the museum include discussions about current movies and techniques used in movie making. In addition, the museum holds over 400 film screenings of popular movies and revolutionary documentaries throughout the year. Many students from around New York City visit the museum for the educational programs and the guided tours. The Museum of Moving Image is a great place for families too. Fun events include the hands-on exhibitions, family workshops, and family friendly screenings. More important is that these activities make the museum a great stop for a unique experience for people of all ages.
The Museum of the Moving Image exists in Astoria, a diverse community made up of more than 100 ethnic groups. Its role in the Kaufman Astoria Studios campus makes the museum an important location for American history.