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The Museum of Modern Art: Introduction to the MoMA

MoMA's galleries offer fans of modern art an unparalleled experience


MoMA Entrance

The Museum of Modern Art, designed by Yoshio Taniguchi. Entrance at 53rd Street.

Timothy Hursley

The Museum of Modern Art Visitors Guide

The Museum of Modern Art in Brief:

Founded in 1929, MoMA's collection includes examples of modern art from the late nineteenth century until today. Their collection represents the diverse forms of visual expression that encompass modern art, including paintings, sculptures, photographs, films, drawings, illustrations, architecture and design.

The Museum of Modern Art Basics:

  • Address: 11 West 53 Street (between 5th and 6th Avenues)
  • Phone: 212-708-9400
  • Nearest Subways: E or M to Fifth Avenue/53 Street; B/D/F or M to 47/­50 Streets/Rockefeller Center
  • Hours: 10:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. (Open until 8 p.m. on Friday nights) Closed Thanksgiving day and Christmas day
  • Official Website: http://www.moma.org/

The Museum of Modern Art Admission:

Adults: $25, Students: $14, Seniors over 65 (with ID): $18. Children under 16 accompanied by an adult: free. Free admission during Target Free Fridays from 4 - 8 p.m.

The Museum of Modern Art in Detail:

First opened in 1929, MoMA was the first museum in the world to focus on modern art. Their permanent collection features 135,000 paintings, prints, photographs, drawings, sculptures, films, and design objects. Additionally, the MoMA hosts an ever changing series of temporary exhibitions. Since the redesign and expansion of the Museum of Modern Art, its Manhattan location has nearly 50% more exhibition space on its six floors (not including the theaters housed downstairs).

The Museum's collection can be broken down into six categories Architecture and Design, Drawings, Film and Media, Painting and Sculpture, Photography, and Prints and Illustrated Books. It would be virtually impossible to see the Museum's entire collection in a single visit, but daily Gallery Talks and the self-guided audio tours can greatly enhance your visit to the Museum of Modern Art. Spending some time on the Museum of Modern Art Website can help you prepare for your visit and identify particular pieces you'd like to see.

The Museum of Modern Art also offers an array of programs oriented toward children and families. You can also pick up the Family Guide at any information booth and the audio tour features a specific program geared toward engaging children with the art through interactive dialog and music.

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