Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)

Museums, Art and design Midtown West
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4 out of 5 stars
(11user reviews)
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
Photograph: Courtesy the Museum Of Modern Art, New York

Considering the MoMA’s reputation for having one of the world’s finest collections of art from the 18th century through today, it’s no surprise that around nearly every corner of the venerated museum is a seminal piece by an artist trumpeted in art history or coveted by contemporary collectors. During the height of tourist season, around Christmas and again in late spring and summer, expect a shoving-match just to catch a momentary glance at Van Gogh’s Starry Night or Picasso’s Les Demoiselles d’Avignon. Special exhibitions, including retrospectives of masters like surrealist René Magritte and large installations like the blockbuster Rain Room, have enough draw that some people will wait for hours just for the one exhibit. Meanwhile, no matter the time of year or temporary display, cash-strapped New Yorkers come in droves at the end of the work-week for free friday nights (4pm-8pm). If you really want to experience the museum and all it has to offer go on a weekday and buy your all-inclusive ticket online ($25). You’ll skip the line and find yourself unencumbered as you stop to contemplate the meaning of time in front of Salvador Dali’s melted-clock painting The Persistance of Memory or checking out the movie times in the attached theater.

By: Tolly Wright

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Venue name: Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
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Address: 11 W 53rd St
New York
10019
Cross street: between Fifth and Sixth Aves
Opening hours: Mon–Thu, Sat, Sun 10:30am–5:30pm; Fri 10:30am–8pm.
Transport: Subway: B, D, F, M to 47–50th Sts–Rockefeller Ctr; E, M to Fifth Ave–53rd St
Price: $25, seniors $18, students $14, children under 16 free. For discounts, order tickets in advance at moma.org. Fri 4–8pm free. Film tickets free with museum admission; screenings-only admission $12, seniors $10, students $8, children under 16 free.
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tastemaker

MoMA is truly gorgeous -- its so fun to go and walk through the galleries (and weave in/out of tourists). They also have awesome events throughout the year for young people which are really fun! 

tastemaker

If you love modern art, or any kind of art, be sure to add MoMa to your list- They have great special exhibits, and a fantastic permanent collection- Despite all the amazing art in the museum, my favorite part is the sculpture garden- It's a peaceful escape from the bustling city, and the (usually) busy galleries. 

tastemaker
Amazing museum to see great artists such as Andy Warhol, Picasso, Monet among others. Has a garden in the middel of the building that is amazing to rest or wait. Coffee and store upstairs where you can eat and also charge your phone's battery

Do yourself a favor and just GO! Some of the greatest pieces of work are located here in one place that is not so overwhelming that you can do it all in a few hours. Quick tip: this is one of the museums that participate in First Friday. So every first Friday of the month, admission is FREE! Just make sure you plan to wait in line to get in (only 15-20 min for me) but the lines move quickly and it will be crowded at the main and popular pieces. 

tastemaker


Frank Lloyd Wright at 150

I felt privileged to be among the first to view the much anticipated exhibition ‘Frank Lloyd Wright at 150: Unpacking the Archive,’ opened at MoMA this morning, in celebrating his 150th anniversary. Privileged, I say, because this is clearly another triumph of its curator Barry Bergdoll (who also curated the unforgettable Mies in Berlin in 2001), an important moment that will be remembered. It seeks to examining, interpreting and contextualizing the various themes and projects that had come to shape the career, intellect, contribution, and vision of the most prolific and renowned American architect of all time. The complexity of his evolution, from the late nineteenth century, through the turn of the 20th century, the Great Depression, to the postwar years, and the themes of his work -- urbanism, building systems, ecologies, landscapes -- just to name a few of the sections included, the richness of his sources, from Native American living to Mies’ glass skyscraper, make this task not simple at all. The exhibition is divided into unites, each of which investigates a key object or cluster of objects from the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation Archives and other collections. There is no better place to present this pivotal show, as we have to remember that it was here, at MoMA, that the first retrospective of Wright opened in 1994, the first attempt to critically examine his architecture, because his legacy was totally ignored in the 60s and 70s. ‘Frank Lloyd Wright at 150: Unpacking the Archive’ a show to be remembered for its contribution to scholarship, and for its reflection of the how we study architecture history in the 21st century. 

tastemaker

If you love art and work in Midtown, get a membership for yourself ASAP.  Aside from being one of the world's best art museums, it's the perfect place to spend your lunch break - or those pesky few hours that you need to kill before meeting up for drinks.  You'll never know exactly what you'll find here - I've stumbled upon impromptu jazz sets and interior design lectures alike - making it the ideal place to be in NYC.

tastemaker

As someone who is not a huge fan of art/art museums, this museum is not my favorite in the city but it is definitely still an enjoyable experience every time I visit. They always have interesting exhibits with unique art. My favorite that I've ever seen there was the Tim Burton exhibit from a few years ago. 

tastemaker

I love art, and wish I were more artistically talented, so coming to this museum is great for inspiration. They usually have free admission on fridays and often run other specials. Be aware that both times I tried to go for free fridays there was an endless line, so go early. They have a wide variety of exhibits with different themes that change seasonally. There are lots of beautiful pieces, and one can spend many hours just wandering this place. It is THE place for modern art (as it is so adequately named). They do give audio tours for purchase, but I just like going and leisurely wandering.

tastemaker

Big fan of modern art - one of my favorite museums globally, and certainly an NYC institution. Keep a look out for specials, discounts, and 'free' days/nights. There may be longer waits, but it's always fun to know places like this can be accessible to everyone (especially if the cost is a limiting factor - it can add up for fees, membership, audio/guided tours, gift shop runs, food ,etc.) There is always something new to see with rotating exhibitions (which I think are wonderfully curated and add a special emphasis to some of the existing collection - past favorites of mine have been retrospectives on the modern/post modern periods and dadaism), but don't forgot the legendary standing galleries, set-ups and famous pieces (Dali, and Warhol are standouts for me). Audio (and especially guided) tours are absolutely worth it - to help provide context and meaning, though there is so much, it can also be pleasant to just browse and follow up on the pieces that pique your interest. The gift shops and cafes are certainly up to snuff (in terms of quality, service, cleanliness, etc.) but are more of a supplementary experience if you have the time.


This is my favorite museum to frequent in New York, even if it seemingly always packed with people. I don't care how cliche Monet's Water Lilies are, I love to stare at them. There's also a good amount of outdoor space to explore and sit quietly in the middle of the city during warmer months. The best advice I can give is if you're looking forward to a particular exhibit, go EARLY, both in the day as well as in the exhibit's life. If you wait till the last weekend, like I did with Picasso Sculptures, it just won't be an enjoyable experience. 


Not gonna lie, I've visited MoMA more than any other museum in NYC. They have the exhibitions that are most interesting to me, generally. I also take advantage of the free admission Friday evenings too. Amazing collection of modern art, I personally love the collection of surrealist art they have. Joseph Cornell's boxes are a favorite. The 4 stars are because this place can and will get insanely crowded and you either have to accept that or try and plan to go at a less crazy time.