Museum of Modern Art

Visiting The Museum of Modern Art: 7 Things You Need To Know

There’s unique museums all over the city of New York, as well as the famous seven-mile stretch of ‘Museum Mile. Take a stroll between 82nd and 105th streets to explore world-class collections of art, history, design and culture. One place you have to check out is the Museum of Modern Art.

MoMA, as it is commonly known, established in 1929, has become the home for some of the greatest works of avant-garde painting, sculpture, film, and multi-media art.

Visiting The Museum of Modern Art: Things You Need To Know

1. What’s so special about The Museum of Modern Art?

In 1928, a group of wealthy female art enthusiasts and philanthropists (Abby Aldrich Rockefeller, Lillie P. Bliss, and Mary Quinn Sullivan) known as “the daring ladies”, developed the idea for a small museum to educate the public on Modern art.

Originally deemed by its founders as a place for modern art to come and go (hence the name modern art), MoMA established a permanent collection in 1952. And since has become a sort of an oxymoron. It’s the sort of place where you’ll always see new and exciting works that make you stop dead in your tracks.

2. How do I get there?

If you’re using public transport take the E or M subways to Fifth Avenue/53 Street or the B, D, F, or M to 47-50 Streets/Rockefeller Center, its only a short walking distance to MoMA.

3. How much will it cost?

  • Adults $25
    Seniors (65+) $18
    Visitors with disabilities $18
    Students $14
    Children (16 and under) Free

4. How long will it take?

It depends on what you want to see if you want to see everything it will take on average 3-4, however, most people spend 2 hours here.

Museum of Modern Art

5. When is the best time to go?

The busiest time to visit is in the morning if you want to avoid larger crowds its best to go Midday or early afternoon. The museum closes at 5.30pm, so if you go later make sure you’ve given yourself enough time to explore.

6. Where will I get the best photos?

Some of the favourite pieces at MoMa include:

  1. Frida Kahlo’s Fulang-Chang and I
  2. Pablo Picasso’s Les Demoiselles d’Avignon
  3. Andy Warhol’s Campbell’s Soup Cans

The Sculpture Garden is a great place to unwind and has ample photo opportunities.

Museum of Modern Art

7. Any insider tips?

  1.  Grab a museum map to navigate the six floors
  2. Coat check service is free- so make use of it!
  3. Audio tours are included in the cost of admission, they also have an audio series aimed towards children.
Siobhan McKenny