The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) is by far one of the most popular art museums in New York City. It houses more than 200,000 works of modern and contemporary art. You can check out pieces by Salvador Dali, Frida Kahlo, Pablo Picasso, and many more. Find out what time is best to visit, how to get there, who should visit, and how much time to budget.
Why You Should Visit the MoMA Museum of Modern Art
Iconic: One of the most extensive collections of modern and contemporary art in the world, the Museum of Modern Art is the place to go to see all the art you’ll recognize from coffee tables, postcards, and the doctor’s office.
Photographic: You’ll get tons of great photos both inside and out. MoMA has some pretty impressive architecture that you won’t want to miss. That being said, don’t be the asshole bogarting the art for selfies for 30 minutes.
Architectural: MoMA’s minimalist architecture and furniture is pretty impressive. The museum also boasts the world’s first curated department of architecture.
Kid Friendly: Act wisely if you’re planning on bringing your kids to MoMA. The crowded galleries don’t make for the best environment if your darling angels are the types to run amok throughout enclosed spaces.
Artsy: If you’re into art, MoMA is a must-see. Nuff said.
Like a Local: MoMA’s Free Fridays are a New York tradition. Many locals head here after work on Friday for a cheap activity before or after heading to happy hour.
How Much Does MoMA Cost?/Money Savers:
- Adults: $25
- Children under 16: free!
- Free Fridays
How Much Time Should I Spend at MoMA?/Time Savers:
Fly-By: 60 minutes to get a glimpse of all the galleries or to see some of the most famous pieces.
In-Depth: 90-to-120 minutes to get a more in-depth overview of the museum. I usually recommend spending no more than 90 minutes in an art museum–unless you’ve come to New York just for the art.
Need to Know:
- MoMA is one of the most popular art museums in the city and gets very crowded during high seasons.
- Go first thing in the mornings
- Skip the free Fridays if you want a chance at seeing the art
Why You Should Skip:
If you’re planning on visiting the Whitney, Guggenheim, Metropolitan Museum of Art, or other art museum, you might not want to come to MoMA (unless you’re traveling to NYC just to visit art museums).
When to Go to MoMA:
- First thing in the mornings
- Buy a VIP ticket to gain access before the museum opens to the public
How to Get to MoMA:
Walking: Walk to W. 57th Street between 5th and 6th Avenues.
Subway: You can get to MoMA by taking the E or M trains to the 5th Av/53 St stop and walking half a block west.
Taxi/Car: Hop in a taxi or car, and tell them to take you to MoMA. Most cab and car drivers will know how to get you there.
Bus: If you don’t mind sitting in a little traffic, take the Q32, the Q60, or the Q39.
Related Attractions/Other Ways to See:
PS1: MoMA’s other museum, PS1 houses contemporary art in its Long Island City (Queens) location. The museum focuses on new and emerging talent.
Met Breuer: The Metropolitan Museum of Art (much to the chagrin of MoMA) opened up a contemporary art museum in the building that once housed the Whitney.
Whitney Art Museum: If you’re into American contemporary and modern art, check out the Whitney’s brand-new building in the Meatpacking District.
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