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 ArtFee:
Free Entry with a New York City Explorer Pass
Some attractions may have reduced hours or be closed due to COVID-19. Please verify opening hours with the attraction before visiting.
- Monday: 1:00 pm - 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 - 5:30 pm
- Sunday: 10:30 am - 5:30 pm
Category: Art Museums
11 West 53rd St
New York, NY 10019
Phone: (212) 708-9400
Hunter S. Feb-10-2021
MoMa isn't at the top of my must see NYC museum list, but that's more a me thing than a them thing. Modern art is just hit or miss with me. Sometimes I... Read More
Peter Y. Dec-29-2020
What to say? The MoMA is a classic stop in New York City and personally one of my favorite museums! They are very good at rotating their exhibits regularly,... Read More
Megan C. Nov-30-2020
Modern Art // Film // Food // Garden Nice mixture of experiences Art education in bite sized kid bits. Impressive inclusive collections A membership at... Read More
Accommodations near Museum of Modern Art :
|Subway Line||Nearest Station||Walking Time|
|E or M via 6 if necessary||5th Avenue / 53rd Street||0 minutes|
|B ,D or F||5 minutes||47-50 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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