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.
|Venue name:||Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)||Contact:|
11 W 53rd St
|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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“A Revolutionary Impulse: The Rise of the Russian Avant-Garde”
Even after more than a century, the work of Russian Avant-Garde looks shockingly new. This survey, drawn from MoMA’s superb collection, covers the movement from its rise during World War I to its suppression under Stalin in the 1930s. On view are paintings,...Abstract Until Sunday March 12 2017
“Francis Picabia: Our Heads Are Round so Our Thoughts Can Change Direction”
Francis Picabia was born in Paris to a French mother and an aristocratic Cuban father whose fortune afforded the artist a life of fast cars, fabulous parties and frequent amorous conquests. According to the catalog for MoMA’s fantastic retrospective,...Contemporary art Until Sunday March 19 2017
Things to do
Get to MoMA for a morning of art and meditation before the hordes of tourists take over at 10:30am. Peruse the museum's collection, which includes Claude Monet's Water Lilies and works by Mark Rothko and Agnes Martin, plus select new exhibitions. After...Walks and tours Wednesday March 1 2017 - Wednesday December 6 2017
The Armory Party
Kick off Armory Week in style at the Museum of Modern Art’s annual fete celebrating the opening of the Armory show. Sure, it’s expensive, but where else can you find a chance to rub elbows with so many artists, curators, collectors and other art-world...Contemporary art Wednesday March 1 2017 - Thursday March 2 2017
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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.
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.