The Manhattan Museum of Art was the place Dana Barrett worked, and where the painting of Vigo resides within the museum's new Romantic exhibition hall. Janosz Poha was the head of its art restoration department.


In 1989, the Vigo painting was brought up from Archives to be restored for an upcoming Romantic exhibit. This act allowed Vigo to begin channeling more and more energy from the River of Slime beneath New York City. Unable to leave the painting, Vigo made Janosz his servant. After Peter Venkman paid Dana a visit, the Ghostbusters forced their way into the restoration department and ran scans. On New Years, Janosz kidnapped Oscar and brought him to the museum. Dana followed and after she entered, the Psychomagnotheric Slime formed an impenetrable shell around the building. The Ghostbusters animated the Statue of Liberty and marched to the museum, where it crashed through the ceiling. The Ghostbusters confronted Vigo but were immobilized. The singing of bystanders outside severely weakened Vigo and allowed the guys to destroy him.

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IDW Comics

While on route to a haunted apartment complex, Peter and Winston passed by the Manhattan Museum of Art.


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Real Life Locations

The name of the Museum in real life is "National Museum of the American Indian" from U.S. Custom House, Bowling Green, Manhattan, New York.

Behind the Scenes

The scene where Egon, Ray, and Winston emerge from the river of slime outside the Manhattan Museum of Art was shot in New York in the street at 2 am in 10-degree weather. The actors were dumped with bucket upon bucket of slime and then filmed for many hours without the benefit of heaters. The script called for the actors to emerge from a manhole with smoke rising around them. It was difficult for them to climb out of this manhole due to the proximity of phone conduit. None of the actors complained out loud. Ernie Hudson did at one point ask Dan Aykroyd and Harold Ramis what they were thinking when they wrote the scene. [1] 11 takes were done of Egon, Ray, and Winston climbing from the sewers. The scene had to filmed again because a camera motor was running off speed. When they were told that they would have to film the scene again, the actors thought it was a joke. The scene was filmed again the next night. [2]

A full scale replica of part of the museum was constructed inside a sound stage in Burbank Studios. In order to have the slime ooze from the mortar joints, above the doors, and all over the exterior, Chuck Gaspar and crew cut slits in the walls, over the doors, and so on then attached hoses connected to tanks that held 8000 gallons of slime. 40 people were needed to operate the tank, hoses, and valves. Another tank caught the run off and it was pumped back into the other tank. A week and a half was spent to rig this set. [3] The wall of slime that enveloped the museum was filmed twice. [4] In the first take, the slime was too thin and not wide enough. A thicker slime mixture was employed for the successful second take but five cameras were struck with slime during filming. [5]

Floating Oscar in the museum took some doing. Chuck Gaspar's crew made a piece of sheet metal hidden in the baby's suit and suspended on four wires attached to an overhead rig. To prevent the baby from moving, the metal pan was attached to the suit with velcro. [6] When Oscar was floating across the room, Gaspar pulled the rig by rope. When Oscar was lined up to the altar, a radio-controlled servo controlled by Jay Halsey while Gaspar pulled the rope on a straight path.


  • In the Ghostbusters II August 5, 1988 draft, the museum used was the Metropolitan Museum of Art and it played a smaller role in the story. [7]
  • The exterior banners advertise an exhibit of art by Edgar Degas. Degas was a 19th century French artist credited with having a part in founding Impressionism but preferred to be called a Realist.
  • Rudy is reading a Star magazine featuring "Ghostbusters Save Judge" and "Team of Venkman Stantz & Spengler in heroic deed." The photo of the trio is from production of the first movie.
  • The lobby scene and deleted Egon scene was filmed at the Alexander Hamilton U.S. Custom House at 1 Bowling Green in Lower Manhattan but the restoration room scenes were filmed in California.
  • The montage scene where the Ghostbusters exit a home entertainment store in Santa Claus hats was filmed across the street from the Custom House. [8]
  • On Cover B of Transformers/Ghostbusters Issue #5, a billboard on the right references the Manhattan Museum of Art.


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Ghostbusters II

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  1. Eisenberg, Adam (November 1989). Ghostbusters Revisited, Cinefex magazine #40, page 28. Cinefex, USA.
  2. Eisenberg, Adam (November 1989). Ghostbusters Revisited, Cinefex magazine #40, page 28. Cinefex, USA.
  3. Eisenberg, Adam (November 1989). Ghostbusters Revisited, Cinefex magazine #40, page 33. Cinefex, USA.
  4. Eisenberg, Adam (November 1989). Ghostbusters Revisited, Cinefex magazine #40, page 33. Cinefex, USA.
  5. Eisenberg, Adam (November 1989). Ghostbusters Revisited, Cinefex magazine #40, page 34. Cinefex, USA.
  6. Eisenberg, Adam (November 1989). Ghostbusters Revisited, Cinefex magazine #40, page 34. Cinefex, USA.
  7. Aykroyd, Dan & Ramis, Harold (1988). Ghostbusters II (August 5, 1988 Draft) (Script p. 2). Paragraph reads: "The broad front steps are crowded with VISITORS to the museum. SUPER: Metropolitan Museum of Art - 1956."
  8. Spook Central NY Customs
  9. Narrator (2016). Insight Editions- "Tobin's Spirit Guide" (2016) (Book p.64). Paragraph reads: "Vigo's spirit lay dormant for centuries in an imposing portrait kept at the Manhattan Museum of Art."



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