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Please note: Proof of vaccination is required for all visitors ages 5 and older (with photo ID for adults), and everyone must wear face masks. Read all our guidelines for safety.


Located in the Kaufman Arts District, Museum of the Moving Image is a must-see destination for any student groups traveling to New York City. We are thrilled to host student groups from across the US and around the world every year. The Education department is happy to make recommendations for other nearby local attractions and restaurant options to make the most of your time in Astoria, Queens.

Please note: New York City now mandates that all visitors ages 5+ must be vaccinated; as of December 27, all those ages 12+ must show proof of full vaccination (typically two shots), and all those ages 5 to 11 must show proof of one shot. Face masks continue to be required for everyone (ages 2+). Learn more about the Museum’s safety guidelines here.

Early projectors, Behind the Screen

Self-guided Visit

90 minutes (recommended)
10–50 students
$7/students ($3/student for Title I)

Groups will receive an introduction from a Museum educator, and then explore any of the Museum’s general-admission exhibitions with their teachers and chaperones.

Behind the Screen Tour

90 minutes
10–150 students

Up to one adult per 5 students admitted free of charge. Additional adults are $12/adult.

Students learn about how moving images are made, marketed, and shown, while discovering the many careers open to them in the moving-image industries. Under the guidance of a Museum educator, students actively explore and discuss artifacts and artworks, and experiment with hands-on interactive experiences and demonstrations. This tour serves as an ideal introduction to the Museum and its collection, and discussions can be focused to address the class’ specific curricular needs.

Video arcade games + Tut's Fever

The Jim Henson Exhibition: Guided Tour & Screening Program

2 hours
10-65 participants

Along with a guided tour of The Jim Henson Exhibition, students learn about the science, technology, engineering, art, and math behind the creation of imaginary worlds through puppetry, with a screening of clips from Henson's Muppet Show in one of the Museum’s movie theaters. This program is a dynamic complement to any STEAM curriculum.


45–60 minutes (recommended)
10-65 participants
$7/student (price includes timed-entry reservation fee)

Groups will receive an introduction from a Museum educator and then are invited to explore The Jim Henson Exhibition which includes puppets, character sketches, scripts, and costumes from the worlds of Sesame Street, The Muppet Show, Fraggle Rock, and more. Note: Timed-entry reservations are currently required for access to The Jim Henson Exhibition. A limited number of timed-entry reservations may be booked in advance for groups of up to 30 individuals.

Shots of Sesame Street characters from the Museum's Jim Henson Exhibition.