Museum of Modern Art, Midtown Manhattan

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MoMA Visitor Tips and Advice

Definitely one of New York's most impressive museums, MoMA is itself architecturally as striking as the artworks housed within. For some help with how to make the most of your time, here are some tips and advice.

  • When to go

    1. When to go

    MoMA is open daily from 10:30AM to 5:30PM (except on Christmas and Thanksgiving) and open until 8:00PM for UNIQLO Free Fridays, which tend to be busy.

  • Maps and tours

    2. Maps and tours

    With 6 floors of exhibits, it's worth looking at a museum map online before you visit. There are also tours and free talks daily between 11:30AM and 1:30PM.

  • Work your way down

    3. Work your way down

    The painting and sculpture galleries are on the 4th and 5th floors and can be a great point to start exploring if you can't make up your mind where to begin.

  • Audio tours

    4. Audio tours

    Included in the price of admission, these interesting audio tours can give you far greater insight into the exhibits. Just remember, you need to leave ID to take a tour!

  • Food and drink

    5. Food and drink

    MoMA also houses multiple bars and restaurants. Why not take a break from the galleries and enjoy some of the wonderful cuisine on offer?

Planning Your Visit

  • Avoiding the queues

    MoMA displays iconic works by artists like Henri Matisse, and is such an important architectural structure itself, so it's very popular for tourists and you may have to queue to enter the galleries. But don't worry; even on UNIQLO Free Fridays (from 4:00PM to 8:00PM) the line tends to move quickly. If you're worried, you can purchase a ticket in advance to save time.

  • Check your bags

    The price of checking your coat and bags is included in the admission price, and is definitely recommended before you set off around the museum. But be aware that even in warm weather, sometimes the galleries can be a little cold, so bring a sweater!

  • MoMA Shop

    Gift shops may not be high on your list of priorities (or budget) but the MoMA shop really is exceptional and worth taking a look at on your way out of the museum.

Good to know

  • When should I visit?
    MoMA is open daily from 10:30AM to 5:30PM, and on UNIQLO Fridays, until 8:00PM.
  • Is it expensive?
    Adult MoMA entrance tickets are $25.
  • Will I need a guide?
    The entrance price includes an excellent audio tour, which covers most of the special exhibitions.
  • How to get there
    Take the E or M train to 53rd Street and Fifth Avenue, or the B, D, or F train to 47-50 Street Rockefeller Center.
  • Additional information
    Not all exhibits are open year round, so plan your visit ahead of time! |
    The ticket line is longest first thing in the morning, so consider arriving after 11:30AM to avoid the crowds. |
    Still photography for personal use is permitted, but flash, tripods and extension poles are not allowed.

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What people are saying about Museum of Modern Art, Midtown Manhattan

Overall rating

4.3 / 5

based on 1,801 reviews

I am a hu ge Cezanne fan but was interested in only about 5% of the drawings and watercolors exhibited. But this is my fault, not MOMA's and not Cezanne's. I do think the signage in MOMA could be improved. I had to ask several aides where theCezanne exhibit was and then, the way out . Everyone was very helpful. Big ciontrast to the Met

Excelente opción para realizar actividades, el precio vale la pena ya que si lo compras individual es más caro. Yo lo compre por 3 días pero por ejemplo el hop on and off solo lo incluía un día y para un día extra pague $20 Dlls. Pero me encantó que incluía todos los lugares que quería visitar.

very good pass to visit all the tourist destinations in NYC. Just upgrade the empire state building to 102nd floor.

It really saves money. and in every attraction we visit they just scanned the pass without having a pre tesrvation

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