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The Museum of Modern Art (or MoMA) is one of the largest and most famous modern art museums in the world, with over 150,000 individual pieces of art in its collection, plus 22,000 films, and over 4 million film stills. Home to several masterpieces of modern art, including Vincent van Gogh’s The Starry Night, Salvador Dalí’s The Persistence of Memory, and a self-portrait by Frida Kahlo, plus works by Picasso, Matisse, Magritte, Monet, and Andy Warhol. Buy tickets in advance to skip the lines, or take a guided tour and learn even more about modern and contemporary art.
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5 Tips for Visiting the Museum of Modern Art

MoMA Entrance | Photo: Flickr, t-mizo – CC by 2.0
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Lines for tickets and security are longest at opening time, so consider arriving half an hour to an hour after that so that the crowds can die down. If you’re planning to visit on Fridays (or take advantage of the free Friday evening tickets) then avoid arriving at 4 pm, when the free entry begins. The museum is also generally less busy on weekdays so if you can’t stand crowds then consider a visit during the week.
Van Gogh’s Starry Night | Photo: Flickr, paul.wasneski – public domain
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If you’re new to MoMA, it’s recommended that you start your visit on the 5th floor with the painting and sculpture galleries, then work your way down. That way you’ll see some familiar favorites (including Van Gogh’s Starry Night) before working your way into the mid-1900s on the 4th floor, through architecture on the 3rd floor and into the contemporary galleries on the 2nd floor.
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Take advantage of the free group tours, which are offered daily at 11.30 am and 1.30 pm. Groups are limited to 25 people per tour, so arrive a few minutes early to make sure you get a spot.
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Movie screenings are included in the ticket price, check out what’s on in case there’s something that takes your fancy. Film series include the works of particular directors or actors or films on a specific theme.
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Audio guides are included in the cost of admission and can be collected from the 1st floor, just leave an ID with the staff members.

Frequently Asked Questions

What’s there to see at MoMA?

MoMA is home to 6 floors of incredible modern and contemporary art! The 5th floor features painting and sculpture from the 1880s to the 1940s, including masterpieces by Matisse, Mondrian, Monet, Picasso, and van Gogh. The 4th floor carries on from the 1940s to 1980, with works by Jackson Pollock, Mark Rothko, and Andy Warhol, and the 2nd floor continues the story with works from 1980 to the present day. Other galleries include architecture and design, drawings, photography, and prints and illustrated books. Special exhibition spaces house temporary exhibits, and two theaters show movies daily. There’s also a sculpture garden where you can enjoy art in the open air. In terms of eating and drinking, MoMA also has two cafés, Cafe 2 and Terrace 5, and a fine-dining restaurant, The Modern.

What’s going on at MoMA PS1?

MoMA PS1 was originally a separate institution, founded in 1971 with the mission of turning abandoned buildings in New York into artists studios or exhibition spaces. Based in an old public school building, the museum is home to innovative and experimental contemporary art from artists around the world. The museum is also home to Warm Up, a summer program of music, architecture, and art running every Saturday from July to September. If you’re looking for cutting edge art, then a trip to MoMA PS1 should be on your list.

How long should I plan for my visit?

That really depends on whether you want to see specific galleries or exhibits, or whether you want to make your way around the whole collection. An average visit takes 2.5 hours, but you can breeze through quickly if you’re only interested in certain galleries, or spend the whole day if you want to take a deep dive. The gallery recommends a shorter visit if you’re traveling with younger children, to make sure that they enjoy everything without getting overwhelmed or bored.

Can I sketch in MoMA? What about photography?

You can sketch at MoMA, but only using pencils. Other materials aren’t allowed except as part of a special authorized tour, and if you’re visiting with children then the museum requests that adults hold on to pencils when moving from room to room. Photography for personal use is permitted in most galleries of MoMA but flash photography, the use of tripods, and filming is prohibited.

Is MoMA suitable to visit with children?

Yes! There are special tours for children of all ages, plus daily art workshops in the Art Lab and Activity Stations, just make sure you check to see what’s running on the day you plan to visit. MoMA also offers a free child-friendly audio guide (suitable for ages 5+) in English, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Korean, Japanese, and Mandarin.

General Information

Opening Hours:

The Museum of Modern Art is open seven days a week from 10.30 am to 5.30 pm. On Fridays, MoMa is open late until 8 pm. Early hours for members begin at 9.30 am.

MoMa PS1 is open from 12 pm to 6 pm and is closed on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

Tickets:

Tickets to the Museum of Modern Art cost $25 for adults, $18 for seniors (65+), and $14 for students. Children under the age of 16 can enter free of charge. Admission includes admission to MoMA PS1 (within 14 days) and film screenings (though separate tickets are required). Admission is free for all visitors every Friday evening from 4 pm to 8 pm.

Address:

The Museum of Modern Art
11 West 53 Street
New York, NY 10019
The visitor entrance is at 18 West 54 Street.

MoMa PS1
22-25 Jackson Avenue
Long Island City, NY 11101

How to get there:

The Museum of Modern Art can be reached by subway lines E or M to Fifth Avenue/53 Street, or lines B, D, F, and M to 47-50 Streets/Rockefeller Center and walking.

MoMA PS1 can be reached by subway lines E or M to Court Square/23 Street, or the G or 7 trains to Court Square.

Security:

All items brought by visitors to MoMA will undergo security inspection, and larger items and large umbrellas must be checked into the cloakroom.

Accessibility:

All galleries and facilities are wheelchair accessible, including the Sculpture Garden, Theaters, restaurants, and cafes. Wheelchairs are available to borrow from the cloakroom free of charge. Service animals are welcome. For visitors who are blind or partially-sighted, Braille gallery maps and audio tours are available, as are Touch Tours (by appointment) and visually described audio guides. For visitors who are Deaf or hard-of-hearing, MoMA has transcripts of any audio programs, bi-monthly sign language tours, and free sign-language interpretation and/or captioning for any MoMA program.
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