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Best Museums for Families

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The key to a great family-friendly museum? Entertaining your children—and yourself. Here are the places that do it best.

Museum of the Moving Image, New York City

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Explore a treasure trove of artifacts relating to the art, history, and technology of the moving image in a building once occupied by the 1920s-era Astoria studio in Queens, from historic projectors to the Yoda used in the Star Wars movies. The museum’s permanent, family-friendly exhibition “Behind the Screen” includes plenty of interactive attractions: make stop-motion animations, change the sound effects in famous movies, and watch a classic in Tut’s Fever Movie Palace, an ornate movie theater/art installation that pays homage to 1920s picture palaces. Interactive visiting exhibitions are spot-on for all ages, too, such as the recent (and addictive) “Indie Essentials: 25 Must-Play Video Games.” movingimage.us

Best Museums for Families

Museum of the Moving Image, New York City

Explore a treasure trove of artifacts relating to the art, history, and technology of the moving image in a building once occupied by the 1920s-era Astoria studio in Queens, from historic projectors to the Yoda used in the Star Wars movies. The museum’s permanent, family-friendly exhibition “Behind the Screen” includes plenty of interactive attractions: make stop-motion animations, change the sound effects in famous movies, and watch a classic in Tut’s Fever Movie Palace, an ornate movie theater/art installation that pays homage to 1920s picture palaces. Interactive visiting exhibitions are spot-on for all ages, too, such as the recent (and addictive) “Indie Essentials: 25 Must-Play Video Games.” movingimage.us

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