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

Fee: Yes.

Museum of Modern Art Hours:
Opening 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

Museum of Modern Art Reviews

Rated 4.6 out of 5 Star Rating

5 Star Rating This is an incredible museum. I could easily spend an entire day here and not run out of things to look at. There is even a room where you get to draw called a creative lab. I believe the best experience comes from listening to the audio explanations for specific paintings. They go more in depth into what the art pieces mean and what the artist was thinking when they created it.
Erik Zhou - 5 months ago

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5 Star Rating The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) is a world-class museum by any standard. I have never been disappointed with their special exhibits or their collection. As a visitor, it’s essential to know a few things. You should purchase your tickets in advance, particularly for popular times of the year or during the opening of new exhibits. Better yet, become a member and take advantage of early access (typically 9:30 vs 10:30) and know that you are donating to a worthy cause. I’m not going to touch upon the art as we all appreciate different artists and styles; suffice it to say this is a modern art museum, so if you're looking for the masters, head uptown. There is a coat check in the basement, a washroom on every floor, and both escalators and elevators, as well as a lovely staircase. During the spring, summer, and fall, the sculpture garden is open and makes for a delightful place to sit.
Scott Laine - 4 months ago

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5 Star Rating Iconic pieces as well as artists that were new to me. Beautiful atmosphere, fairly easy to navigate and see everything at the rate of speed that works for you. I went only an hour before closing and got to see the art I wanted and didn’t feel too rushed. No wait to get in.
Donna Hutchison - 3 months ago

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5 Star Rating This is my favorite museum in New York. Very cool permanent exhibitions, cool rotating ones... And additional events such as music and films. They also have a great cafe and restaurant. And if you are lucky, the sculpture garden may be open for you to wander around... Also... a great store with awesome design items... If you are a NYC resident, you may want to check it out for free on the first Friday of the month, uniqlo nights - you need to sign up and request a free ticket.
Jess Smith - 4 months ago

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5 Star Rating I love art museums, I try to go to one every city I visit. The MoMA was no exception. Current admission is $28 for an adult non member. If you’re still a student with a valid ID then you can save $13. Just a note, it was free when I went because it was one of those special nights. I went awhile back so I can share some pictures from the time I went. I’m sure it’ll be a breath of fresh air from all of the photos of Starry Night. Would I recommend it to new visitors? Absolutely. They have 6 floors so you can easily spend 3-4 hrs or longer, depending on if you’re taking the time to look at stuff. It can get crowded depending on if you’re going on a week day vs weekend. Museum was very clean. I recommend stopping by. People tend to over exaggerate about the price but any working adult can afford $28.
Nicholas P - 5 months ago

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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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