Museum Of The Moving Image (MOMI)
36-01 35th Ave., Astoria
When it debuted in 1988, this museum was the first in the United States dedicated solely to the art, history and technology of film, television and video. The museum is also home to one of the largest collections of video games and gaming hardware.
The museum’s mission is to collect, preserve and provide access to artifacts pertaining to the moving image across a variety of mediums. During the course of the year, the museum hosts numerous exhibitions—in recent years, there have been displays on Mad Men and Jim Henson—and educational programming.
MOMI screens more than 400 films—both current movies and classics—each year. It often provides live music for silent films, restored prints of movies from archives around the world and critically acclaimed films that play on the festival circuit. Some of its annual showcases include First Look (global discoveries), See It Big! (movies meant to be seen on the big screen) and Fist and Sword (martial arts pictures).
A decade ago, the museum began work on a major expansion that has since been completed. It doubled the museum’s size and included a new theater and educational space.