The Museum of the Moving Image is a popular destination for kids. In fact, more than 50,000 students visit the museum every year on field trips and similar outings.
But as the country’s only museum dedicated to the art, history, technique, and technology of the moving image in all its forms, this is a one-of-a-kind destination the entire family will enjoy.
Kids Won’t Call This Museum Boring
The Museum of the Moving Image covers interests for audiences of all ages. Whether you’re an avid connoisseur of classic films, children’s films, musicals, or passionate gamers you’ll find the wide range of subjects fascinating.
See the optical toys used in the nineteenth century and learn about the latest in digital art as the museum explores every stage of the production process. Learning is made fun as you see the promotion and exhibition of moving images through interactive exhibitions and programs designed for people of all ages.
Behind the Screen
The central exhibition at the Museum of the Moving Image, Behind the Screen, immerses visitors in the creative and technical process involved in films, TV shows, and digital entertainment.
This exhibit is housed in 15,000 square feet of the Museum’s second and third floors. It introduces the history behind the moving image and displays approximately 1,400 artifacts from the Museum’s collection of cultural moving image memorabilia with items such as cameras, projectors, sets from TV shows, set design sketches, and merchandise like dolls, toys, lunch boxes, and more.
Exhibits also include molds and prototypes produced during the making of a King Kong action figure, a mechanical prop designed for a climactic scene in Black Swan, and even some makeup used on the stars of the Sex in the City TV show.
The Museum is also a pioneer in collecting video arcade and console games and they are not only on display but available for visitors to play.
It’s a perfect opportunity for parents to show kids the games they used to play and to relive some of the fun from their younger years.
Computer Based Interactive Experiences
Visitors will enjoy a variety of computer-based interactive experiences like recording their own movements as a sequence of still photographs which can be printed out to create a flipbook of their own stop-motion animations.
Guests can also do things like record their voices over dialogue from a film in the same way actors dub their lines in post-production. Other experiences include choosing sound effects to add to well-known movies and television shows, and lets you add music to scenes from movies, and more.
The Museum is an ideal destination for families and serves visitors of all abilities. For families with special needs including physical or learning disabilities, it is best to schedule your visit so they are prepared to meet your needs appropriately. For more information call 718-777-6820.
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