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: From: $33.34 CAD...May vary slightly due to currency fluctuations

The Museum of Modern Art Admission with Skip-the-Line Access

Your skip-the-line ticket to The Museum of Modern Art includes a free audio guide, special exhibitions, films, and gallery talks. The MOMA's renowned collection of modern and contemporary art includes Vincent van Gogh’s The Starry Night and Andy Warhol’s Gold Marilyn Monroe, along with works by Jackson Pollock, Jasper Johns, Cindy Sherman, Elizabeth Murray, and many other great artists of our time. Bonus: Admission to MoMA PS1, the contemporary art center in Long Island City, is also included for up to 14 days after your visit to MoMA.


Free Entry with a New York Pass

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Hours This Week:
  • 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 – 8:00 PM
  • Saturday: 10:30 AM – 5:30 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

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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Reviews

Rated 4.5 out of 5The Museum of Modern Art Star Rating

5 Star Rating Love this museum. A little tip, start at the top floor and work your way down. That way you get to see the works of Matisse, Picasso, Van Gogh (including Starry Night!) etc... first, then progress to more modern as you work your way down. Outside the early stages modern masters, there are some absolutely amazing, provocative works here. Very much worth the trip for me.

Chris Hoey - 4 days ago

5 Star Rating Always a pleasure to visit this museum. This particular evening I went to see the Charles White exhibit. It was a rainy evening but it didn't dissuade the crowd of visitors that walked briskly to enter the museum. This exhibit evokes many emotions as you view this artist's work. The depth and the stories that are told through his work. If you have an opportunity to get there soon, please go. Go with friends or make a solo trip, but don't miss.The exhibit is there till mid January I believe. If you're unable to make this exhibit, there's always something at the Moma to entice you to visit. Great place to introduce young people to art!

Judith Booker - 6 days ago

5 Star Rating Always a great visit when in NYC! A must see as there is a good staple of impressions pieces that I can never get bore of. The famous starry night is there, but don't over look the Olive Tree by the same artist as well!

Minh Le - 7 days ago

5 Star Rating I took the kid to see their family friendly short films event. The films were good (not commercialized) and the person who led the discussion was patient and attentive to the children. The discussion was geared for the children and was well done. After the films we went to the ARTLAb, which is an open space for children to create art. My kids love it and can spend an entire day there. I highly recommend it.

Erela Portugaly - 15 days ago

5 Star Rating This is a well known and great museum. Its permanent collection has some very famous works, including Starry Night and The Persistence of Memory by Dali. But I personally more enjoy the temporary exhibits. Some is more traditional with paintings and such, but there was also an interesting one on Yugoslav architecture when I was there. The most memorable for me though were the ones that used space and sound in interesting ways. Kind of hard to describe but as art goes, it was unexpected and fresh.

Doug Angle - 16 days ago

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

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