Opened in 1988 on the site of the Astoria Studio, one of the largest motion picture and television production facilities in the United States, the Museum of the Moving Image is at its core an institution for education. The mission of the Museum is to advance the public understanding and appreciation of the art, history, technique, and technology of film, television, and digital media. Moving Image acquires, preserves, and provides access to a vast assemblage of more than 130,000 moving image-related artifacts. In the collection is everything from licensed merchandise to costumes and set materials. Its core exhibition, Behind the Screen, has been praised by The New York Times as “a show for the mind as much as the eye and ear.” The Museum also holds screenings of significant films and other moving-image works, including restored prints, silent films with live accompaniment, and contemporary film-festival picks from around the world.