The Museum of the Moving Image (MOMI) is the only museum in the United States devoted to the art, history, and technology of film, television, and digital media industries.
Now located in the former East Coast studios of Paramount Pictures, MOMI opened in 1988 as the American Museum of the Moving Image in the Astoria neighbourhood in Queens, New York. An expansion campaign ending in 2011 saw the museum redesigned and double in size.
MOMI offers a wide range of programming for visitors, including exhibitions, public discussions with industry professionals, educational programming for middle- and high-school students, and annual screenings of more than 400 films. The museum boasts a comprehensive collection of more than 130,000 artifacts related to all aspects of the moving image. MOMI is also home to an extensive collection of video games and gaming hardware.
In 2017, the museum opened a permanent exhibit dedicated to the late Jim Henson. It documents the man behind the Muppets’ creative process and his groundbreaking work in both television and film. More than 300 objects are on display, including a variety of Henson’s iconic puppets intermixed with costumes, storyboards, scripts, and photographs. Guided tours of the exhibition are offered regularly and led by museum educators.
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