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Let's visit the Museum of the Moving Image! (Free admission on Fridays)

Museum of the Moving Image is the country's only museum dedicated to the art, history, technique, and technology of the moving image in all its forms. The Museum is a one-of-a-kind destination for audiences of all ages and interests, from connoisseurs of classic cinema to children and families to avid gamers. 

Embracing a wide range of subjects, from nineteenth century optical toys to the latest in digital art, the Museum explores every phase of the production, promotion, and exhibition of moving images. It offers an engaging, highly interactive core exhibition, programs of contemporary and classic films from around the world, discussions with leading figures in film and television, a unique collection, inspiring educational programs for learners of all ages, stimulating changing exhibitions, and groundbreaking online projects.

****Because the museum closes at 8pm and it might be crowded since we're going during the free admission time (4-8pm), I suggest you get there as close to the meeting time as possible (5:45pm).  I will wait in the lobby until 5:55pm; after that time you can look for us inside.****

The Collection

The Museum maintains the nation's largest and most comprehensive collection of artifacts relating to the art, history, and technology of the moving image—one of the most important collections of its kind in the world. Begun at the Museum's inception in 1981, today the collection comprises more than 130,000 artifacts from every stage of producing, promoting, and exhibiting motion pictures, television, and digital media, from pre-cinema optical toys to 21st-century digital technology. The collection also includes significant works of art by such artists as Red Grooms and Nam June Paik. More than 1,400 collection artifacts are currently on display in the Museum's core exhibition, Behind the Screen, and thousands more can be seen on the Museum’s on-line collection database, collection.movingimage.us.

Core Exhibition

The Museum’s core exhibition, Behind the Screen, immerses visitors in the creative process of making moving images. It features over 1,400 artifacts, from nineteenth-century optical toys to video games, as well as an array of interactive experiences, audiovisual material, and artworks.

Changing Exhibitions

The Museum presents an ambitious slate of large- and small-scale changing exhibitions, video and art installations, and unique live events. In the third-floor Changing Exhibitions Gallery, the Museum has hosted a range of exhibitions from Jim Henson’s Fantastic World, which drew record-breaking crowds to the Museum, to Spacewar! Video Games Blast Off, an interactive exhibition which celebrates the 50th anniversary of the first digital video game. It has also featured the work of artists like the Dutch-Belgian digital art duo JODI and the experimental filmmaker Phil Solomon. The Museum's Amphitheater Gallery has been home to exhibitions and installations about the work of legendary Czech animator Jan Svankmajer, the making of the DreamWorks Animation film, Rise of the Guardians, and much more. In the Museum's lobby, visitors have been greeted with video installations by artists like Chiho Aoshima and Ming Wong and digitally-curated projects such as We Tripped El Hadji Diouf on the panoramic 50-foot media wall.

Exhibitions:

Behind The Screen

Lights, Camera, Astoria!

Jim Campbell: Rhythms of Perception

The Reaction GIF: Moving Image as Gesture

Tut's Fever Movie Palace

Visitor Information:

Children under the age of fourteen must be accompanied by an adult of eighteen years or older. To ensure the safety and security of the Museum’s artifacts, strollers, umbrellas, and large bags (including all backpacks) are not permitted in the galleries. These items may be checked for free at the admissions desk. Gallery admission is free for New York City teachers with valid ID (tickets for screenings are not included). Admission is also free for active duty service members in uniform or with proper ID. Group visits may be arranged by appointment. Please click here for information about group visit policies and reservation information.

Mobile Devices
Cell phone calls are not permitted in the galleries or theaters. Silent use, such as text messaging, is allowed in the galleries only.

Photography
Photography for personal use is permitted in most gallery and lobby areas of the Museum unless otherwise noted. Flash photography and tripods are not allowed anywhere in the Museum. Photography is prohibited in the theater during screenings. No photographs or video may be reproduced, distributed, or sold without written permission from the Museum.

Food and Drink
Food and drink are available for purchase in the café. Food and drink are not permitted in the Museum's galleries, theaters, or courtyard garden. No outside food or drink are allowed in the Museum, with the exception of school groups that have made prior arrangements to use the student lunchroom.

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  • Gary

    As always a great time with old and new lifers. It was a great museum also.

    March 30, 2014

  • Bess

    Awesome museum. Great crowd. Lots of fun. Thanks, Ro, Jen, Eddie & Gary.

    3 · March 29, 2014

  • Justin F.

    Sorry I missed it :(

    March 29, 2014

  • Paul

    Had a super fun time. That was all I remembered :)

    1 · March 29, 2014

  • Kathy C.

    Had a wonderful time- what an awesome museum!

    1 · March 29, 2014

  • Steven

    I had TONnNnNnNnNn of fun!! I don't know what was more fun, between the Suma Wrestling with Sam or chasing Shah and Chris for the damn reddit badger this meetup was FANTASMAGOREISH! oh yeah and there was a museum too!

    But on a serious note:
    Ro, Eddie, Jen, and Gary all are great hosts and do a great job together!!!

    Hope to catch you guys at a future meetup! :))

    5 · March 29, 2014

    • Gary

      Glad you enjoyed yourself Steven!

      March 29, 2014

  • Eddie C

    One of my favorite museums. So cool to see such a big turnout. It was great seeing so many new faces and getting to see all the regulars too.

    3 · March 29, 2014

  • Omar

    Really nice place to visit with great company! Thanks for organizing this :)

    3 · March 29, 2014

  • Ro

    Thank you everyone for coming last night :-)! I think this was probably the biggest turnout we've ever had in the group (so far) - way to go, guys! I enjoyed the museum esp. the Jim Cambell exhibitions and chatting with everybody :-). It was fun playing Sonic for the first time in like 18 yrs and trying to do the voiceover for Akeem in Coming go America lol.

    10 · March 29, 2014

  • 🐧Susan🐧

    I had an amazing time! You guys are awesome!

    5 · March 29, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    This might be my favorite museum I've been to in recent history. My favorite exhibits: video games, costumes, lights/projections you had to stand back from to make out, the GIF projections across from the front desk. Thank you, hosts and friends.

    6 · March 29, 2014

  • Lana M.

    This meetup was very interesting & a lot of fun!

    4 · March 29, 2014

  • Israel

    Had a great time going again, great people.

    6 · March 29, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    So great to meet you guys! Friendly bunch!

    5 · March 29, 2014

  • Ryan

    March 28, 2014

  • Ryan

    First time with this group but I recognized a couple of people from other meetup events. I had a great time. Cya guys again next time.

    4 · March 28, 2014

  • jen

    Hi. We are going to start looking at the exhibits. We are meeting at entrance at 7:45

    March 28, 2014

  • Lana M.

    I'm going to see Billy Joel in concert that night. Is there any chance of switching the date to Friday, March 28?

    February 24, 2014

    • Lana M.

      Thanks, Ro!

      1 · February 25, 2014

    • Ro

      That's ok, Andy. Just call us when you get here.

      March 28, 2014

  • Carol D.

    I really need to hit the books sorry

    March 28, 2014

    • Ro

      No prob, Carol! Good luck on your exam :-)

      March 28, 2014

  • Curtis

    first one here!

    1 · March 28, 2014

    • Chris B

      I'm next door eating! Be there next

      1 · March 28, 2014

  • Tony

    I'm on my way. See you soon.

    1 · March 28, 2014

  • Ro

    I just sent an email with the meeting location and my contact info as well as Eddie's, Jen's, and Gary's. If you need to contact me I would prefer a call so it's faster. Take down everyone's number bc there are a lot of attendees and I may be speaking with another member. Thanks :)

    March 28, 2014

  • Justin F.

    Hi I may not be able to get there until about 6:45-7pm because of work. Is it going to be too late to go?

    March 28, 2014

    • Ro

      Just keep in mind that the museum closes at 8, which is the time the dinner-goers will be heading over to Oliver's. We meet back at the museum entrance at 7:50.

      March 28, 2014

  • Mario

    Hey Ro,

    I am going to skip out: it is the end of the quarter and it does not look like I will be finished with my grades and comments. Next time! Y'all have fun!

    1 · March 27, 2014

    • Ro

      No problem, Mario. You'll be missed though!

      March 28, 2014

  • Justin F.

    Hi I will probably get there at about 6:30pm. Is that going to be ok?

    1 · March 21, 2014

    • Ro

      Sure, Justin, you can just look for us inside :-)

      March 21, 2014

  • fran m.

    I'd like to go for dinner and drinks afterwards.

    March 18, 2014

    • Ro

      Hi Fran, a separate dinner event has been created for Oliver's pub.

      March 18, 2014

  • Ro

    We can have dinner and drinks at Oliver's Gastropub two blocks up on Broadway after the museum. Let me know ahead of time if you'd like to come and I'll add you to the reservation.

    2 · February 25, 2014

    • Eddie C

      I will join for dinner also:-)

      2 · March 3, 2014

    • Ro

      I created a separate dinner event if anyone else who's going to the museum wants to join us.

      1 · March 14, 2014

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