Exhibition of Akari paper lanterns at the Noguchi Museum in Astoria, Queens via Mad Hatters NYC Blog

Two of the Best Museums in New York City Are In Astoria, Queens

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We’ve since written a much more comprehensive post on Astoria. Find information on these two museums and more in our neighborhood guide, Exploring Astoria: 12 Must-Visit Spots in This Cool NYC Neighborhood.

10 thoughts on “Two of the Best Museums in New York City Are In Astoria, Queens”

  1. Added to my todo list next time I’m in nyc in October. Been to the moving image museum, but not in ages.

    1. Hi Wysh! Thanks for checking out our post. We’re thrilled it will make your to-do list when you return. Each time we visit The Museum of the Moving Image, there’s always something fresh and new. And if you haven’t been to The Noguchi Museum, it’s definitely worth a visit as well.

  2. I actually went to the Museum of the Moving Image for the first time a few days before my birthday…it was amazing! We went later on a Sunday and nobody was there, so it was perfect for playing with all of the interactive exhibits. My brother and I did pretty much all of the voice overs in the sound recording room! LOL

    So my next question is…when are you guys moving to Astoria?? 😉

    1. Hey Lauren! We like to go early in the morning on a Saturday or Sunday when the museum is still quiet and easy to navigate. I can only imagine how hilarious those voice overs were. I would have loved to have been a fly on the wall! Have you been to Noguchi? It’s right by Socrates Sculpture Park, so sort of a two-for-one special.

      As for moving to Astoria, we have and will continue to strongly consider it. 😛

  3. WOW! How little do I know about queens and I do not even go about reading about it. Your blog is truly informative.
    The Noguchi Museum looks super cool. The paper lanterns and the garden make me want to go now.
    The Museum of the Moving Image seems interesting. The part about The Princess Bride made me smile. Just this Friday, I was getting Ashwin to watch Princess Diaries. I fell a sleep mid way through. We are still to finish the rest.

    1. Hey Tara! So glad you enjoyed the post. Check out both museums and let me know what you think. Your comment about falling alseep during the movie cracked me up. I can relate. I have a list of movies to finish with twenty minutes remaining. When I get asked about certain films, I always say that I’ve seen them but can’t recall the ending, then I remember that’s because I never finished them. 😉

  4. I love the photos of the paper lanterns…I was tempted by them in the store at the Noguchi Museum. Funny, Joe had been wanting to take me there for years, but I didn’t get there ntil we’d moved far away, and were back in NY on vacation. It’s really a lovely place to spend an afternoon, but next time I’ve got to do Greek food afterwards! I’m glad you’re posting about Astoria – such an interesting place. 🙂

    1. Hi Lynn! Thanks for the comment. There’s so much to say in reply here. We, too, were tempted by the paper lamps. The larger ones are a pretty big investment, though, and that certainly tempered the impulse. Before moving out east, we had plenty of things we wanted to visit but kept putting off, similar to your comments about Noguchi. Some we pulled off at the last minute, others never happened. We have some regrets on that account. In your case, it’s great that you finally had the chance to visit, even if you were a “visitor” by the time you managed it. 😛 Ah, Greek food. I do love it. There’s so much to explore in Astoria. We’re thrilled to have the opportunity to share our fondness for easily one of the most underrated neighborhoods in all of New York City.

  5. I am a hardcore museum hound, and you are adding to my very long list of museums I want to get to in NYC. The Noguchi Museum is especially fascinating, though I love a moving image as well. Very fond of Greek food, so good to know Astoria is ground zero for that. I hope you do dedicate a post to it! Baklava pancakes sound pretty darn awesome. Hopefully I’d still have room for a dossant.

    1. Hi there, Cynthia! We love adding to the list for your next NYC visit, though it’s always hard to narrow down an itinerary when the choices are unlimited. Hopefully, those two museums remain on the list. They’re definitely worthy. As for brunch and then a donut, “having room” has never gotten in our way. 😛

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