Visit the MoMI in Queens, NY
You’ve heard of the MoMA and the Met, and if you read my earlier blog post on some of the top museums to visit in New York City, you have heard of many more. BUT, have you heard of the MoMI, which is the amazingly fun, very quirky, kid-friendly, and inspiration guaranteed: “Museum of the Moving Image” in Queens, NY?
If you live in New York this should be on your list of museums to go to. If you are a tourist, and you have an extra day, at least an extra half day, add this to your schedule. If you love movies, like seeing behind-the-scenes magic, and want to test your cinema knowledge… this is a museum for you.
The MoMI has a permanent exhibition called “Behind the Screen” that incorporates the history of film, artifacts, old Hollywood photos, costumes, and more. There are also a lot of interactive exhibitions with a voice-over booth, music and sound exercises, and my favorite, making your own movie with cut out pieces of paper.
The temporary exhibits have been marvelous. Make sure not to miss the current Chuck Jones exhibition, which actually ends on January 19th, 2015!
*MAKE A NOTE: With your admissions ticket you get a movie ticket (no extra price) for the daily film. So with your museum visit you can see a movie. Check the movie schedule at the MoMI here: http://www.movingimage.us/films/
The MoMI is located in Astoria – easy to get to I promise:
-Take the N or Q train (yellow line) towards Astoria/DitmarsBlvd and get off at 36 Avenue.
-Walk on 36th Avenue and turn left on 36th Street
-The museum is right on 35th Avenue between 36th and 37th streets.
NOTE this train goes above ground after going under the East River, so expect spectacular skyline views of Manhattan!
MoMI admissions ticket prices:
$12 adults (18+)
$9 senior citizens (65+)
$9 students with valid ID
$6 children (3-12)
Free for Museum members and children under 3
Closed Mondays and Tuesdays.
Wednesday – Thursday 10:30AM to 5:00PM
Friday 10:30AM to 8:00PM (FREE from 4:00PM to 8:00PM EVERY Friday)
Saturday – Sunday 11:30AM to 7:00PM