The Museum of the Moving Image was a museum of the history of technology and media, including cinema and its forerunners. MOMI was opened on 15 September 1988 by Prince Charles and became an instant international hit and winning 18 awards. The museum was sited below Waterloo Bridge and formed part of the cultural complex on the South Bank of the River Thames, London, England. MOMI was mainly funded by private subscription and operated by the British Film Institute. MOMI continued to be praised internationally but despite its worldwide acclaim, after the retirement of its founders, the British Film Institute simply lost interest in its popular appeal. MOMI was closed "temporarily" in 1999, with the closure becoming permanent soon after. An article in the Magic Lantern Society Journal claimed "... born out of love and generosity, but it seems you have passed away stifled by mediocrity and indifference."
An exhibition called Moving Images opened at the Sheffield Millennium Galleries in 2002. The exhibition offered a scaled down version of MOMI using actors and items from the museum collection to tell the history of the moving image. It was planned as the first location of a touring exhibition but was not well received and the tour was cancelled.