ABOUT 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 approximately 130,000 artifacts.
This rich and extensive collection is an invaluable resource for both the general public and for scholars, benefiting anyone who takes an interest in the history and culture of the moving image. The collection includes artifacts from every stage of producing, promoting, and exhibiting motion pictures, television, and digital media. Holdings include licensed merchandise, technical apparatus, still photographs, design materials, costumes, games, fan magazines, marketing materials of all kinds, video and computer games, and movie theater furnishings. Over 1,400 of these objects are currently on display in the Museum’s core exhibition, Behind the Screen.
STORIES FROM THE COLLECTION
The Silent Film Era
The Museum's silent film era holdings include over 5,000 artifacts dating from 1894 to 1931. The holdings represent every facet of silent filmmaking and filmgoing, and offer an unparalleled opportunity for users to study and experience how these films were made, marketed, and exhibited.
The Bunin Puppets
In 2001, the Museum acquired over 2,000 artifacts related to the work of puppeteers Hope and Morey Bunin. The Bunins created a cast of puppet characters that were featured on television as early as 1944. The show was lauded by critics and popular among children and adults alike, making the Bunin puppet characters among television’s first big stars.
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Whether you’re helping the Museum to continue offering groundbreaking education programs, quality film screenings, innovative core and changing exhibitions, or maintain its remarkable collection, all donations are greatly appreciated.