Film Event: Museum of the Moving Image, New York

Sophie Athawes Film Blogger
High on my list for our visit to America was somewhere set to be my new happy place. Packed full of iconic film memorabilia, makeup, props and costumes, the Museum of the Moving Image takes you on a path of film and TV through the ages. It's also one giant photo opportunity. Take a look inside...

Some of you may remember that, a long time ago, London has it's own Museum of the Moving Image - and it was one of my most favourite places to visit. Sadly, it disappeared without a trace some years ago. Thankfully, I was pleased to see that New York had it's very own rendition of the place. Located just a short walk from the subway in Astoria, Queens, is for lovers of all things film and TV.

Top: Prop from Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master. Bottom: Blade Runner set model and prosthetic doll from The Exorcist
We were told to start from the top floor and work our way down. The museum takes visitors on a journey through Game Design (allowing you to try out some interactive arcade games) before taking you to it's main exhibit - Behind the Screen. Starting with flip books and projectors, taking you all the way through to cameras, editing equipment and to the days of modern filmmaking; from vintage cinema, makeup and prosthetics, costumes to props and finally the movies we know and love today.  

Sophie Athawes
London Film Blogger Sophie Athawes
The final part of the museum is one that I had been eagerly awaiting for weeks prior to our visit. A permanent fixture at the Museum of the Moving Image is the Jim Henson Exhibit. Starting with his early career and background, it takes you through the genius mind of Jim Henson, creator of The Muppets, The Dark Crystal (1982) and, of course, many other famous film and TV shows. The exhibit featured several of the puppets, including Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy and some famous faces from Sesame Street. For lack of a better word, it was awesome. I absolutely loved it.

All in all, I cannot recommend the Museum of the Moving Image enough if you're headed to New York anytime soon. Adult tickets are priced at just $15 each but you will find yourself inside for quite a few hours as there is just so much to see. For children (and pretty much adults too) there are a number of interactive games and activities to play around with and it just makes for a really fun half day. For future events and exhibits at the museum, you can check out their website here. They also offer 'Free Fridays' after 4pm on Fridays if you fancy a freebie.

Until next time film fans,



  1. This place looks so magical, Sophie! I'm just catching up on your posts and I'm loving all your american adventures. I hope you had a wonderful time. So jealous you got to see miss piggy hehe thanks so much for sharing your pictures

    Ashley xx

    1. It was amazing! Like my little happy place - I could happily have spent even more time in there. Thanks hun :) x


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