Museum Of Modern Art

Museum Of Modern Art

While traveling trough Midtown in Manathan, you can't miss the Museum Of Modern Art of New York. Also called “MoMA”, this museum is located between Fifth and Sixth Avenue.


MoMA was an idea from the wife of John D. Rockefeller Jr., Abby Aldrich, in 1929. Although her husband was not too keen on the idea, Abby found a way to open her museum just nine days following the Wall Street Crash of 1929. MoMA’s original works included Van Gogh, Cezanne, and Seurat. There were approximately eight works to get the ball rolling, some given as gifts. Over the first ten years, the museum moved around town to a few different locations due to Abby’s lack of funding and her husband’s lack of interest in the venture. Luckily, she managed to stay open every day between 1929 and 1975, no matter what happened. Her husband donated several gifts and funds over the years as he warmed up to the idea. Around 1983, MoMA had doubled its size since its opening in 1929 and added several amenities such as restaurants, a bookstore, and an auditorium. Today, the museum continues to grow and sees an average of 2.8 million visitors a year.


MoMA itself is located in the trendy Midtown Manhattan, just between Fifth and Sixth Avenue. The museum also has two libraries. One is attached to the main MoMA campus, and the other in Queens. In addition, there are various research libraries that verify which art goes in and comes out of the museum.


MoMA prices are decent. The average adult pays $25, seniors pay $18 and students $14, with an ID card. If you a group of 10 or more attend, you will need to call ahead for pricing. Other than these prices, the museum does have free attendance on Fridays, which they call Uniqlo Free Fridays. If you would like to purchase tickets for a movie in the museum, it will be an additional cost as well.


The museum is open on all days excluding Christmas and Thanksgiving. Hours are 10:30 am to 5:30 pm. If you attend free Fridays, the museum will close at 8pm. Because the museum is so popular, it may behoove you to be particular about the time you visit. If you do decide to visit on Fridays, just remember that after 4:00 pm, the galleries become packed quickly and stay packed until close. Weekdays during morning and afternoon hours are typically slow moving. If you really want to secure a spot, you can purchase a ticket online, but lines most of the time move smoothly.


If you want to be extra prepared for your visit, you may download and print exhibit names and locations online on your own computer. Doing this gives you a better idea of what your plan might be for the day and what you want to see. As a side note, it may be very helpful to bring a light jacket or sweatshirt, as the galleries can be particularly cool. If you would like a slightly different experience, you can opt for an audio tour of the museum, which is included in initial admission. You will need to leave an ID at the front desk until you are finished with your audio tour.

Museum Of Modern Art of New York - MoMa


MoMA focuses mainly on the modern and contemporary artwork. It is considered one of the largest and most important museums of its kind around the world. The artwork here is expressed through a variety of mediums. In addition to typical canvas art and paintings, you will find sculpture, architecture, books and electronic artwork.

When it comes to well-known artists, this is a great museum. Notable works include Vincent Van Gogh’s Starry Night, Francis Bacon’s Painting and Salvador Dali’s Persistence of Memory. In addition to these, you can find artwork from Claude Monet, Pablo Picasso, Jackson Pollock, and Andy Warhol, to name a few. To find out full exhibits and scheduling, you can visit the museum on their website at

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The Museum of Modern Art
11 West 53 Street, New York, NYC 10019
Manhattan (Midtown)
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