I love movies. Any time that I have the opportunity to experience anything movie related, I jump on the chance. On a recent visit to New York City, I explored the Museum of the Moving Image, a treasure trove of artifacts of television and movie history. A must-see for any film buff!
The museum is located in Queens, NY and inhabits a landmark building that once belonged to Astoria Studio (the bustling East Coast production center of Paramount Pictures during the 1920s).
Established in 1981, the museum was established to educate the public about science of film, television, and digital images. It has the nation’s largest collection of artifacts including Elizabeth Taylor’s wig from Cleopatra, Robin Williams’ space suit from Mork & Mindy and the Linda Blair stunt doll used in The Exorcist.
You can also take a walk down memory lane as you view the many vintage TVs, historic movie cameras, and retro children’s toys and games.
The museum’s current exhibit is AMC’s Mad Men. Any fan of the show is going to love this. Although it is a small exhibit it is packed with a lot of memorabilia. It features everything from Don Draper’s office to costumes, props and notes from the show.
While there you can also watch screenings of classic movies (included in the price of admission) in their 267-seat theater, I was able to watch Alfred Hitchcock’s North by Northwest starring Cary Grant and Eva Marie Saint.
Movie lovers are going to love the newly renovated and expanded museum (completed in 2011) as they explore the rich and extensive collection of TV and movie history.
For more information on the Museum of the Moving Image visit www.movingimage.us