Museum of Modern Art (MoMA): A guide to the attraction and art

A complete guide to the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA): find ticketing information and current exhibits. Plus: The best things to do nearby.

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The Museum of Modern Art

Sure, you could spend a day getting lost in the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)'s permanent exhibits, which showcase all manner of priceless pieces from renowned artists. But just as essential are this museum’s other elements, including an attached cinema that combines art-house fare and more accessible offerings, top-notch gift shop MoMA Design Store, a sculpture garden with works by Picasso and Rodin, and the Modern, a high-end restaurant and bar run by Danny Meyer. Free Fridays, an alluring prospect considering the sizable entry fee ($25 for adults), are best left to the tourists and penny-scraping students; visit the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) when you can hunker down for a while.

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Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)

After a two-year redesign by Japanese architect Yoshio Taniguchi, MoMA reopened in 2004 with almost double the space to display some of the most impressive artworks from the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries. Outside, the Philip Johnson–designed Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Sculpture Garden, which houses works by Calder, Rodin and Moore, overlooks the Modern, a sleek high-end restaurant and bar run by superstar restaurateur Danny Meyer. The Museum of Modern Art has a great deal of free family programming for all ages.

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Museums and attractions near the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)

Attractions

Bryant Park

Situated behind the New York Public Library is Bryant Park, a well-cultivated retreat that hosts a dizzying schedule of free entertainment during the summer, including the popular Monday night outdoor movies. In the winter, look for an ice skating rink and pop-up shops for the holidays. The park also boasts free wireless access.

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Rockefeller Center

RECOMMENDED: 50 best New York attractions You’ll find plenty of iconic New York sites in this multiblock complex: The ground level alone is home to the tourist-packed ice-skating rink, the bronze Atlas statue and the Today show plaza. Higher up, Top of the Rock rivals the Empire State Building in panoramic city views. You may not be able to access the five private rooftop gardens, but you can still peek at the spaces from Saks Fifth Avenue’s eighth-floor shoe department if you’re curious. Special credentials are not required, however, to inspect the Art Deco murals that appear in several buildings. Don’t miss the triptych above the outdoor entrance to 5 Rockefeller Center or the rinkside Prometheus statue; both purportedly contain secret Freemason symbols.

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Times Square

Manhattan’s heart was once a hub for vice, teeming with sex shops and drug dealers. Over time that notorious reputation has eroded, and now the area can feel like a tourist-clogged shopping mall. Still, changes such as the stairs above the TKTS booth and a pedestrian plaza along Broadway have improved the sightseeing experience…sort of. If the thought of attending the annual glitzy New Year’s Eve celebration gives you hives, you can see the midnight countdown re-created on a smaller scale at the Times Square Visitor Center, thanks to one of the Waterford crystal balls used in years past.

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Music

Carnegie Hall

Artistic director Clive Gillinson continues to put his stamp on Carnegie Hall. The stars, both soloists and orchestras, shine most brightly inside this renowned concert hall in the Isaac Stern Auditorium.

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The Morgan Library & Museum

This Madison Avenue institution began as the private library of financier J. Pierpont Morgan and is his artistic gift to the city. Building on the collection Morgan amassed in his lifetime, the museum houses first-rate works on paper, including drawings by Michelangelo, Rembrandt and Picasso; three Gutenberg Bibles; a copy of Frankenstein annotated by Mary Shelley; manuscripts by Dickens, Poe, Twain, Steinbeck and Wilde; sheet music handwritten by Beethoven and Mozart; and an original edition of Dickens’s A Christmas Carol that’s displayed every yuletide. In 2006, a massive renovation and expansion orchestrated by Renzo Piano brought more natural light into the building and doubled the available exhibition space. A theater, Gilder Lehrman Hall, regularly hosts recitals and concerts.

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Grand Central Terminal, Main Concourse

The 1913 Beaux Arts train station is the city’s most spectacular point of arrival. The station played an important role in the nation’s historic preservation movement, after a series of legal battles that culminated in the 1978 Supreme Court decision affirming NYC’s landmark laws. One notable oddity: the constellations on the Main Concourse ceiling are drawn in reverse, as if seen from heaven. (For more information on tours call 212-697-1245)

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Discovery Times Square

The Discovery Channel is one of the sponsors of this new large-scale exhibition center, which will offer limited-edition runs of exhibits from across the globe. The 60,000-square-foot space is housed in the former New York Times building, and includes a learning center, a space for special events and a café.

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Society of Illustrators

Since it was founded in 1901, the Society of Illustrators has promoted the work of artists around the world through events and exhibitions in the former carriage house of William P. Read, attorney to J. P. Morgan, on the Upper East Side.

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Nine best works at the Museum of Modern Art

If you see only nine things on your visit to MoMA, see these. Andy Warhol's Gold Marilyn Monroe (1962)This image, which is definitely on the art-history undergrad dorm poster hit list, achieved its goal: Warhol wanted to strip the original work of authorship, while also creating additional mystique around an already enigmatic public persona (Monroe). Marcel Duchamp's Bicycle Wheel (1951)Duchamp is often called the father of modern art, and Bicycle Wheel is among the readymade canon that brought him fame. Henri Matisse's Dance (I) (1909)The simple color palette and emphasis on movement in this oil painting reflected Matisse's interest in the contemporary Fauvist movement, which was named after a French word meaning "wild beast." Pablo Picasso's Les Demoiselles d'Avignon (1907)Legend has it that this painting spawned much controversy among Picasso's friends , and elicited a particularly adversarial and competitive reaction from Matisse. Meret Oppenheim's Object (Breakfast in Fur) (1936)This piece may be one of the first feminist artworks, though Oppenheim likely did not think of it as such; by covering a usually delicate object with fur, she both objectified and sensualized the very simple act of sipping from a cup and saucer. Jasper Johns's Flag (1954)Perhaps the most well-known depiction of the Stars and Stripes in a work of art, this painting served as inspiration for a huge body of work by Johns based on the American flag. Jackson Pollock's Number

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Art

Slideshow: Top 20 paintings at MoMA

TONY's guide to the best pieces on view right now. See more in Art

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Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) adds video games to its collection

Tetris, Myst and a dozen other video games will arrive at the esteemed art and design institution in 2013.

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Photos: MoMA MiXX at the Museum of Modern Art

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jack j

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