When visiting NYC, don’t forget about making a trip to Astoria, Queens. Hop on the Q or N subway train and check out the Museum of the Moving Image. If I had to vote, this would be one of my all time favorite museums because it is a great place to take kids. Recently renovated, the museum focuses on art, history, technology and technique of the moving image in all its form. I took my son and his friend over the winter break, and we had a blast. We enjoyed the exhibits and seeing things like Jim Carey’s Mask and costumes from TV shows and movies.
The boys particularly enjoyed the demo. They learned about sound techniques in filmmaking and interesting facts like the noise of a lion’s roar was played backward when one of the Titanic’s stacks fell into the water in the movie “The Titanic.”
The boys viewed episodes of Wallace and Gromit and participated in a Claymation workshop for just $10! They created their three-dimensional character made from clay and animated them using the same techniques used to create the animated series they had just viewed.
The museum offers a variety of exhibits, films, demonstrations, and workshops. They are always changing, so make sure to visit www.movingimage.us/ to see what is happening before you visit.
Visiting the Museum of the Moving Image should be on your “to do” list if you are visiting NYC with kids. The prices are fantastic, ten dollars for adults and five dollars for children. For all those movie and video game lovers, this will be a great day out that offers unique learning experiences. See you at the movies!