Opened in the late 1920s, by influential patrons of the arts to challenge the conservative policies of traditional museums and to establish an institution devoted exclusively to modern art.
From an initial gift of eight prints and one drawing, The Museum of Modern Art’s collection has grown to include over 135,000 paintings, sculptures, drawings, prints, photographs, architectural models and drawings, and design objects. MoMA also owns some 19,000 films, four million stills, and MoMA’s Library and Archives hold over 160,000 books, artist books, and periodicals, extensive individual files on more than 70,000 artists, and archival materials related to modern and contemporary art.
In November, 2004 MoMA completed the largest and most ambitious building project in its history. The new MoMA features 630,000 square feet of new and redesigned space framing the enlarged Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Sculpture Garden.
Major holdings include masterworks by Paul Cézanne, Vincent van Gogh, Henri Matisse, Pablo Picasso, Fernand Léger, Constantin Brancusi, Piet Mondrian, Paul Gauguin, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, Jasper Johns, Salvador Dalí, Joan Miró, Alberto Giacometti, Jackson Pollock, Barnett Newman, Robert Rauschenberg, and Andy Warhol.
Location: 11 West 53rd Street, Manhattan
Telephone: 1+(212) 708-9400
Hours: Saturday, Sunday, Monday, Wednesday, Thursday 10:30am–5:30pm
Closed Tuesdays, Thanksgiving & Christmas
Bus: M1, M2, M3, M4, M5, M6, M7
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Museum Admission: (includes Museum galleries and film programs, subject to change)
Seniors (65 and over with ID) $16
Students (full-time with current ID) $12
Children (sixteen and under accompanied by an adult) free. This policy does not apply to children in groups.
Admission is free for all visitors during Target Free Friday Nights, Friday evenings, 4:00–8:00 pm.
Film Admission (not including Museum gallery admission)
seniors (65 and over with ID) $8
students (full-time with current ID) $6
children (sixteen and under accompanied by an adult) free, but a ticket is required
Restaurants and Cafés:
MoMA features a variety of dining options created and operated by Danny Meyer’s acclaimed Union Square Hospitality Group.
Cafe 2 offers seasonal Roman fare in an informal setting. Guests can also take a quick break at the espresso bar. Sat., Sun., Mon., Wed., and Thurs. 10:30am–5:00pm, Fri. 10:30am–7:30pm.
This intimate, full-service café with a spectacular view of the Sculpture Garden serves a selection of desserts, chocolates, and sandwiches as well as wine, cocktails, coffee, and tea. Sat., Sun., Mon., Wed., and Thurs. 10:30am–5:00pm, Fri. 10:30am–7:30pm
The Modern is a fine-dining restaurant featuring the cuisine of Chef Gabriel Kreuther. In addition to the stunning dining room, The Modern includes a more casual dining and bar area, as well as a seasonal outdoor terrace. A separate street-level entrance allows guests to enjoy the restaurant and bar beyond Museum hours. For information and reservations, call 1+(212) 333-1220. The Modern: Lunch: Mon. through Fri. 12:00–2:30pm, Dinner: Mon. through Thurs. 5:30–11:00pm, Fri. and Sat. 5:30–11:30pm, Sun. 5:30–10:30pm. Bar area: Mon.–Sat. 11:30am–11:30pm, Sun. 11:00am–10:30pm.
MoMA Design Store
44 West 53 Street, 1+(212) 767-1050
Saturday–Thursday 10:00am–6:30pm, Friday 10:00am–8:00pm. Directly across the street from the Museum, the MoMA Design Store showcases a sophisticated collection of design objects, gifts, jewelry, personal accessories, furniture, and lighting, including items represented in the Museum’s design collection.
Nearby Places of Interest:
- Museum of Television & Radio
- SONY Wonder Technology Lab
- Dahesh Museum of Art
- Rockefeller Center
- Radio City Music Hall
- Christie’s Auction House
- St Patrick’s Cathedral
Advisory: Allow yourself a minimum of 90 minutes. Admission is free for all visitors during Target Free Friday Nights, Friday evenings, 4:00–8:00pm. The use of photography (cameras, video equipment) is permitted only on the ground floor. Tripods are not permitted anywhere in the museum.