Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)

Museums, Art and design Midtown West
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Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
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The Museum of Modern Art

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


Venue name: Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
Address: 11 W 53rd St
New York
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 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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  • Contemporary art Until Sunday July 30 2017
  • Contemporary art Until Sunday August 13 2017
  • Contemporary art Until Sunday September 17 2017
  • Walks and tours Wednesday June 7 2017 - Wednesday December 6 2017

Average User Rating

4.2 / 5

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Chloe W

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.

Maria M

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. 


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.

Adam V

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.

Jillian Anthony

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. 

Evelyn D

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.