The MoMA in New York is the world's most important museum of modern art and one of the essential visits in the Big Apple. It has an extensive collection of 200,000 pieces, including Picasso, Dalí, Van Gogh and Andy Warhol, among many others.
The MoMA in New York (Museum of Modern Art) is incredibly popular. It is not surprising, therefore, that it is one of the most visited and that it has long queues. Here's how to avoid them:
Make sure you get an early ticket to the MoMa
Perfect if you want to visit this museum without having to spend time waiting at the ticket office and to explore the exhibitions at your own pace.
MoMA offers a complete experience dedicated to modern art suitable for all ages. If you buy this skip-the-line ticket to MoMA, you'll get immediate access to the MoMA Museum in New York to see the world's most famous collection of modern and contemporary art. MoMA houses such iconic works as Picasso's "Les Demoiselles d'Avignon", Miró's "Dutch Interior" and Warhol's "Campbell's Soup Cans".
The repertoire also includes architecture, photography, film, design, performance art and media. Plus, with this skip-the-line ticket to MoMA, you'll also have access to MoMA PS1, the contemporary art centre in Long Island City, for 14 days following your visit to the Manhattan venue to soak up even more art.
MoMA ticket prices
At Hellotickets you can buy your MoMa tickets online in advance for 20 ¤ (standard single ticket). It is best to avoid buying them at the ticket office, as there are usually long queues and after a long time waiting at the door, you will enter the museum already tired.
If you are a minor or belong to a specific group (student, over 65s, etc.), you may be eligible for special rates.
Ticket prices at the ticket office
If, despite the queues, buying tickets at the ticket office is your option, bear in mind that these are the prices you will find:
- Adults: $25
- Seniors over 65 with ID: $18
- Disabled visitors: $18
- Students with ID: $14
- Children under 16: free
MoMA New York opening hours
MoMA is open from 10.30 am to 5.30 pm daily (Fridays from 10.30 am to 8 pm). As for closing days, MoMA is closed on Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day. MoMA PS1 is also closed on New Year's Day.
However, if you are planning to complete the experience by having a drink in one of its cafés or restaurants or even visiting its design shops, you can check here all the MoMA opening hours to make sure you organise your visit without any setbacks.
Where is it and how to get there
MoMA is located on 53rd Street between 5th and 6th Avenue. To get to MoMA by public transport, the nearest underground station is the 5th Avenue and 53rd Street stop on the E and V lines. By bus, you can get there on the M1, M2, M3, M4 and M5 lines.
The good thing about being located in the heart of Midtown is that it makes it a perfect spot on the map from which to organise other visits or tours. So, if you have time, it's always a good option to walk there (it's not far from Times Square, Central Park or even the Flatiron Building).
Tourist Cards that include MoMA
To get the most out of your trip to New York, the best idea is to buy a sightseeing card. Why? If you make the most of it, you'll save money and time by not having to buy individual tickets and in some cases, you won't even have to queue to get in. I recommend:
- New York Pass: the New York Pass is a pass that works for days and you pay depending on the number of days you choose. This tourist card is highly recommended if you like to see a lot of things in one day and make the most of your trip. It includes skip-the-line access to over 100 top New York attractions and activities such as the MoMA, Statue of Liberty, Empire State Building, 9/11 Museum, Top of the Rock, Manhattan sightseeing bus... You can read more details here: New York Pass.
- New York City Explorer Pass: if during your trip to New York you are very clear about the tourist attractions you want to see, the New York City Explorer Pass is ideal to personalise your visit to the maximum as you will be able to choose attractions and you will pay according to the amount you choose. From the moment you activate the pass, you have a whole month to use it, so you can take your trip at your leisure. You can choose from over 100 activities and attractions, and you'll get queue-free entry to some attractions. You can read more details here: New York Explorer Pass.
- New York Sightseeing Pass: The New York Sightseeing Pass: works on a daily basis and each day is valid from activation until midnight. This sightseeing pass is the most recommended if you want to see the sights at your own pace. It includes skip-the-line access to over 100 attractions and activities and credit to spend at the attractions, exciting discounts throughout the city and a free meal at a restaurant of your choice from a list of popular New York sites. You can read more details here: New York Sightseeing Pass.
What to see at MoMA
From the eight canvases and one drawing with which MoMA began in 1929, its collection has grown to more than 100,000 pieces including paintings, prints, sculpture, photography, drawings, design, film, architecture and prints. To this must be added the annexation of MoMa PS1 in Queens, a cultural space that focuses especially on contemporary art. All this makes MoMA undoubtedly one of the best museums in New York.
MoMA's vast collection is spread over 6 floors, although the bulk of it is distributed between floors 2, 3, 4 and 5, as the first floor is used as a lobby (shop, ticket offices, art lab, restaurant, etc.) and the sixth floor is reserved for special exhibitions. Here are the most important things to see at MoMA.
During your visit to MoMa New York you can take the opportunity to have a coffee and relax in the museum's Sculpture Garden, an oasis in the middle of the city, designed by Philip Johnson in the 1950s.
Floor 2: 1970s - Present Collection
The first floor of MoMA New York is devoted to prints, illustrated books and audiovisual media. There is also a café here.
The third floor of the museum is devoted to collections of architecture, graphic and industrial design, drawing and photography.
Floor 4: 1940s - 1970s Collection
Here you can find the work of artists such as Roy Lichtenstein, Andy Warhol, Japer Johns, Jackson Pollock, Yayoi Kusama, Robert Rauschenberg or Mark Rothko.
Floor 5: 1880s-1940s Collection
On the fifth floor of MoMA you can see paintings by artists such as Frida Kahlo, Pablo Picasso, Salvador Dalí, Claude Monet, Vincent Van Gogh, Paul Cézanne, Henri Matisse and Piet Mondrian.
The sixth floor is devoted to special exhibitions. From the large windows on the top floor there are amazing views of Midtown Manhattan, where important buildings such as Rockefeller Center, St. Patrick's Cathedral and Grand Central Station are located.
Isabel's traveller tip
For a short visit to MoMA, focus on the fourth and fifth floors, where the works of famous artists such as Warhol, Pollock, Matisse and Cézanne are on display.
Where to eat near MoMA
If so much art has whetted your appetite or you're just in the area during your day of sightseeing and fancy a bite to eat, here's a guide to the best places to eat near the MoMa. In general, you're in luck because it's an area with a lot of offices and an influx of people, both tourists and office workers who work in the surrounding area.
Finding a good American burger, a plate of pasta or even a place for a quick stop for a good fast food menu won't be difficult.
A brief history of the MoMa
Located in the heart of Manhattan, right next to Central Park, is New York's MoMA (Museum of Modern Art), the world's most important museum of modern art. It was opened in 1929 by three philanthropists named Abby Aldrich Rockefeller, Mary Quinn Sullivan and Lillie P. Bliss to help others understand and enjoy modern visual art.
When MoMA opened its doors, she began exhibiting her first works in modest facilities. However, it was so well received by the public that in the following years the museum had to move several times to a larger location before finally settling on its current home in 1939.
Today it is considered a temple of modern and contemporary art in the West and has even undergone a new extension to provide more space for new exhibitions.
The MoMa shop
The forewarned is forearmed: walk into the museum shop and you'll want to take everything. Buying souvenirs in museums may seem like a gimmick to exploit tourists, but the products in the official MoMA Design Store are well worth a look. Design lovers will find unique items ranging from books, furniture and decorative pieces to mugs and New York souvenirs.
The MoMA Design Store has its own website and attracts hundreds of visitors every day, whether they are MoMA visitors or not. It is located right in front of the museum, between Fifth and Sixth Avenues, and is open every day of the week.
Other museums you may be interested in
If you want to complete your visit to New York with another museum, I can't fail to recommend the Museum of Natural History, one of the ones that made the biggest impact on me the first time I visited it. I tell you all about my experience in the article on Museum of Natural History New York Tickets: how to buy and prices.