This is one of the more unique museums in the City of New York. As the name entails this organization exhibits artifacts that display the evolution of the recording of the moving image (i.e. movies) as well as other equipment, models, posters, and even costumes featured in films from across the decades. This is all in their ongoing exhibition: Behind the Scene. My personal favorite pieces are the original Chewbacca mask, the first Yoda puppet used in Empire Strikes Back, and the make up worn by Marlon Brando to transform him into Vito Corleone, the Godfather himself.
The museum will also often screen movies of artistic or historical significance. I went to one of these screenings in their stunning modern, chic theater a year ago when they were showing 2001: A Space Odyssey via a copy of its original 70mm film reel. As a movie museum they are fully capable of showing a movie in a medium such as this original medium. It provided an enriching experience that both transported me back to the revolutionary movie’s premiere, but also immersed me in a manner that you can’t get anywhere else.
The museum updates its screening schedule regularly on their website, and the films range from all sorts of genres and languages. Movie tickets are sold separately from the museum’s admission. The museum may not be on Museum Mile, but it’s definitely worth the trip. Go visit, find a film that sounds interesting, and immerse yourself in the world of film.