Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)

The Museum of Modern Art offers 6 floors of intriguing exhibits

Outdoor Terrace at the Museum of Modern Art in New York
Outdoor Terrace at the Museum of Modern Art in New York cc licensed photo by aurélien.

In late 1920s, Mrs. John D. Rockefeller and other influential patrons of the arts challenged the conservative traditional museums by establishing the Museum of Modern Art to educate New York's citizens to understand and enjoy the visual arts of our time. Beginning with a contribution of nine artworks, the Museum of Modern Art's collection has grown to include 150,000 sculptures, paintings, prints, drawings and design objects.

With six floors of exhibits, including an extensive permanent collection and ever-changing special exhibits, there is a lot to see at the Museum of Modern Art which is commonly refered to by its initials MoMA. Audio tours offer a wealth of information and are included in the price of admission; specialty audio tours geared towards children are also available. Gallery talks on the historical context and cultural significance of specific collections are given by museum lecturers twice daily.

For a self-guided tour, take the elevator to the fifth floor and begin in the Painting and Sculpture Galleries and follow the escalators through the collections. Interactive information kiosks are available on the first and second floors of the museum and Smartphone users take advantage of free Wi-Fi throughout the museum by downloading the MoMA app with five multi-lingual audio tour options and an index of all artwork.

If you want to take a break from the galleries, the Museum of Modern Art offers film screenings included in the cost of admission. Tickets for screenings can also be purchased separately and the cost of the film ticket can be applied to the price of museum admission, if presented within 30 days. In the summer months, you can relax with a gelato in the Sculpture Garden and cafe-style fare is available from the Terrace-5 cafe year-round. For a more formal dining experience, try The Modern or the Bar Room; reservations are essential at The Modern.

Nearby attractions inclulde Central Park, Central Park Wildlife Center, Carnegie Hall, Radio City Music Hall, Rockefeller Centre (Top of the Rock), Saks Fifth Avenue, St. Patrick's Cathedral and Time Square

Facts For Your Visit

Official Website: Museum of Modern Art

Fee: Yes.

Regular Hours:
May differ on holidays

  • Monday: 10:30 AM – 5:30 PM
  • Tuesday: 10:30 AM – 5:30 PM
  • Wednesday: 10:30 AM – 5:30 PM
  • Thursday: 10:30 AM – 5:30 PM
  • Friday: 10:30 AM – 5:30 PM
  • Saturday: 10:30 AM – 7:00 PM
  • Sunday: 10:30 AM – 5:30 PM

Address: 11 W 53rd St, New York, NY 10019, USA

Phone: (212) 708-9400

Official Website: Museum of Modern Art

Reviews

Rated 4.6 out of 5The Museum of Modern Art Star Rating

5 Star Rating Amazing collection of art. It is a very big and spacious museum where you can find all sorts of modern art. I didn't love that they are section by the people who donated the art rather than by authors and movements (some movements are indeed sectioned but by floors). I wished for more explanation on those movements but it does give you a little background. Don't recommend on weekends since it was too crowded. Loved the first floor patio with the sculptures

Mariana Fernandez - 12 days ago

4 Star Rating Great place to see in nyc. For anyone coming here first time or who is generally not extremely interested in museums/modern art definitely go here. However for those who are a bit more serious about their passion for this kind of stuff this is more of a good starting point however depending on your taste you can find much more interesting and unique ones (albeit smaller)

Mae Ellis - 4 days ago

5 Star Rating I recently visited The Museum of Modern Art in New York, and it was definitely one of my favorite museum experiences ever! The layout was a bit confusing, with different wings on each floor, but that just added to the fun of exploring the museum. The art was very different from traditional art, and the first floor was especially impressive with an amazing screen with paint splashing around that was generated based off multiple inputs. The Pablo area was busy, but definitely worth seeing. The highlight of my visit was seeing Starry Night on the fourth floor. Plus, your ticket includes an entry to their MoMA PS1 in Queens - so make sure to take advantage of that! All in all, I would definitely recommend taking your time to enjoy this experience.

Kevin Ao - 20 days ago

5 Star Rating Nothing but great times here. I enjoyed every exhibition they had there. Especially the Picasso. Beautiful!!!. They had a bomb shelter made in a fake basement that took you back in history. Wonderful sculptures also. What a blast I had looking at the interactive wall of art. What a phenomenal place. The MoMA is a must stop if you are in NYC. Definitely a must. You won't be disappointed. Believe me. The price is not bad at all. Very low for a NYC museum.

Frankie Rodriguez - 29 days ago

5 Star Rating The museum is beautiful & HUGE. You could easily spend all day here. I would love to come back on a day where I can spend several hours exploring the whole place. The "Small Wars" exhibit was really interesting. Original Van Gogh Starry Night 🌌

Maura Elliott - 8 days ago

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Directions

Subway Line Nearest Station Walking Time
E or M via 6 if necessary5th Avenue / 53rd Street0 minutes
B ,D or F5 minutes47-50 Street / Rockefeller Center

How to get to Museum of Modern Art by Subway

Take the E or M train to 5th Avenue / 53rd Street. Connect from the 6 train at 51st Street if coming from the east side of Manhattan. Alternatively, take the B, D, or F train to 47-50 Street / Rockefeller Center, walk northeast on 5th Avenue, then go right on West 53rd Street.

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