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.

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Regular Hours:
Hours may be subject to change. Please verify on the official website.

  • 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

Category: Art Museums

Address: 11 West 53rd St
New York, NY 10019

Phone: (212) 708-9400


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5 Star Rating The MoMA is great! If you're in NYC you should definitely stop in. It's a couple hours of your day, longer if you linger in more than one exhibit, but it... Read More

Brandi I. May-24-2023

5 Star Rating The MoMa is a great time. As an art enthusiast, I appreciate when museums have a mix of everything, and the MoMa does not disappoint. I was able to get a... Read More

Sylvia O. May-08-2023

5 Star Rating Love MoMA If you ever go to NYC definitely go here Fridays are free or they were when I went few years ago The problem especially when it's rainy like it... Read More

Alex H. Mar-29-2023

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E or M via 6 if necessary5th Avenue / 53rd Street0 minutes
B ,D or F5 minutes47-50 Street / Rockefeller Center

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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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Video introduction to the MoMA - Note: admission charges have increased since this video was made

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