Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) – New York

Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) – New YorkMuseum of Modern Art (MoMA) – New YorkMuseum of Modern Art (MoMA) – New YorkMuseum of Modern Art (MoMA) – New YorkMuseum of Modern Art (MoMA) – New YorkMuseum of Modern Art (MoMA) – New York

Located in the heart of Midtown Manhattan, the Museum of Modern Art in New York or MoMA is the most comprehensive and extensive museum of modern art in the world.  Established in 1929 with the goal of helping people enjoy and understand contemporary art, its permanent collection dating from the late nineteenth century to the current day has grown to include more than 150,000 individual pieces ranging from drawings, paintings, prints and sculpture to films, installations, photographs and videos to architectural elements, models, plans and renderings to influential examples of design ranging from appliances, automobiles, furniture and ordinary utilitarian objects to textiles, tools and even a helicopter.

Famed as planet’s greatest repository of masterpieces of Western Modernist art, the museum’s six floors of galleries surrounding a sculpture garden feature stunning examples by all the finest artists in the modernist cannon including Francis Bacon, Georges Braque, Paul Cézanne, Marc Chagall, Salvador Dalí, Giorgio De Chirico, Marcel Duchamp, Max Ernst, Walker Evans, Helen Frankenthaler, Paul Gauguin, Alberto Giacometti, Albert Gleizes, Arshile Gorky, Edward Hopper, Jasper Johns, Frida Kahlo, Paul Klee, Willem de Kooning, Dorothea Lange, Fernand Léger, Roy Lichtenstein, René Magritte, Aristide Maillol, Henri Matisse, Jean Metzinger, Joan Miró, Piet Mondrian, Claude Monet, Henry Moore, Barnett Newman, Georgia O’Keeffe, Pablo Picasso, Jackson Pollock, Robert Rauschenberg, Auguste Rodin, Mark Rothko, Henri Rousseau, Frank Stella, Vincent van Gogh, Andy Warhol, Andrew Wyeth and hundreds more.

Documenting the ever evolving movements that define contemporary art, MoMA has always collected the works of living artists thereby creating an unparalleled assemblage of iconic works accessioned in real time, many immediately following their creation.  While the displays often change and works are swapped in and out offering visitors a fresh perspective whenever they visit, the museum’s most celebrated masterpieces totaling approximately 3,600 paintings and sculptures are permanently on view in galleries on the fifth and fourth floors of the landmark West 53rd Street building.

The 14 fifth floor galleries housing works dating from approximately 1880 to 1940 are particularly rich in highlighting both the seminal creations and outstanding achievements by individual artists that make the MoMA collection so essential from Cézanne’s “The Bather” from 1885 and van Gogh’s “The Starry Night” from 1889 to Gauguin’s “The Seed of the Areoi” from 1892 and Picasso’s “Les Demoiselles d’Avignon” from 1907. Not to be missed are other outstanding canvases like Matisse’s “The Dance” from 1909, Rousseau’s “The Dream” from 1910, Chagall’s “I and the Village” from 1911, Braque’s “Man with a Guitar” from 1912, De Chirico’s “Love Song” from 1914, Metzinger’s “Landscape” from 1914, Monet’s “Water Lilies” from 1914, Malevich’s “White on White” from 1918, Ernst’s “Two Children Are Threatened by a Nightingale” from 1928,  Dali’s “The Persistence of Memory” from 1931 and Kahlo’s “Self-Portrait With Cropped Hair” from 1940.

Featuring works dating from 1940 through 1980, the eleven fourth floor galleries include tour de force works like Mondrian’s “Broadway Boogie-Woogie” from 1943, Bacon’s “Painting” from 1946, Wyeth’s “Christina’s World” from 1948, Pollock’s “One: Number 31” from 1950, Johns’s “Flag” from 1954 and Warhol’s “Campbell’s Soup Cans” from 1962. Additional masterpieces can be found in the ground floor sculpture garden where Rodin’s “St. John the Baptist Preaching” from 1880, Maillol’s “Mediterranean” from 1905, Lachaise’s “Floating Figure” from 1927, Picasso’s “She Goat” from 1950 and Miro’s “Moonbird” from 1966 are surrounded by benches, plantings and a stream providing the perfect spot to relax and recharge before continuing your visit.

Expansive galleries on the second and third floors are devoted to architecture and design, drawings, illustrated books, new media and photography, with examples culled from the permanent collection exhibited in rotation highlighting significant aspects of the museum’s holdings that aren’t regularly on view. The second floor also houses galleries dedicated to contemporary painting and sculpture dating from 1980 to the present highlighting artists like Douglas Gordon, Dan Graham, Mona Hatoum, Martin Kippenberger, Kiki Smith, Wolfgang Tillmans and Rachel Whiteread.

MoMA is also famed for its special exhibitions and monographic artist retrospectives curated in house that draw from the depth and breadth of its permanent collection augmented by loans from other arts institutions as well as playing host to important traveling exhibitions arranged in concert with other museums. Your admission also includes entry to any movies playing in the state of the art theaters on the day of your visit so be sure to check a daily events calendar to find out what films are showing from the museum’s collection of 22,000 documentaries, features and shorts, foreign and domestic, dating from the silent era to the current day.

You can also enjoy light dining and snacks in the museum café or splurge on cocktails and hors d’oeuvres and even a full on gourmet meal in the museum’s Michelin starred “The Modern” restaurant and bar. Your admission also entitles you to free use of an audio guide as well as entry to MoMA PS1, a satellite facility just a few subway stops away in Long Island City, Queens where large scale installations are displayed and more cutting-edge, provocative exhibitions are on view.


"The Persistence of Memory" (1931) - Dali

“The Persistence of Memory” (1931) – Dali

"The Dream" (1910) - Rousseau

“The Dream” (1910) – Rousseau

"La Danse" (1909) - Matisse

“La Danse” (1909) – Matisse

"Les Demoiselles d'Avignon" (1907) - Picasso

“Les Demoiselles d’Avignon” (1907) – Picasso

"The Starry Night" (1889) - van Gogh

“The Starry Night” (1889) – van Gogh

Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) - New York, NY

Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) – New York, NY

Museum Official Site


Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)

11 West 53rd Street

New York, NY 10019

(212) 708-9400








Current Exhibitions:

Insecurities – Tracing Displacement and Shelter

October 1, 2016 through January 22, 2017


Kai Althoff – and then leave me to the common swifts (und dann überlasst mich den Mauerseglern)

September 18, 2016 through January 22, 2017


Nan Goldin – The Ballad of Sexual Dependency

June 11, 2016 through February 12, 2017


A Revolutionary Impulse – The Rise of the Russian Avant-Garde

December 3, 2016 through March 12, 2017


From the Collection – 1960-1969

March 26, 2016 through March 12, 2017


Francis Picabia – Our Heads Are Round so Our Thoughts Can Change Direction

November 21, 2016 through March 19, 2017


One and One Is Four – The Bauhaus Photocollages of Josef Albers

November 23, 2016 through April 2, 2017


Teiji Furuhashi – Lovers

July 30, 2016 through April 16, 2017


Tony Oursler – Imponderable

June 18, 2016 through April 16, 2017


How Should We Live? Propositions for the Modern Interior

October 1, 2016 through April 23, 2017


Making Faces – Images of Exploitation and Empowerment in Cinema

October 15, 2016 through April 30, 2017


The Shape of Things – Photographs from Robert B. Menschel

October 29, 2016 through May 7, 2017


Upcoming Exhibitions:

Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker – Work/Travail/Arbeid

March 29, 2017 through April 2, 2017


Louise Lawler – Why Pictures Now

April 30, 2017 through July 30, 2017


Robert Rauschenberg

May 21, 2017 through September 17, 2017


Frank Lloyd Wright at 150 – Unpacking the Archive

June 12, 2017 through October 1, 2017


Items – Is Fashion Modern?

October 1, 2017 through January 28, 2018


Must See in the Permanent Collection:


  • “The Bather” (1885) – Cézanne

  • “The Starry Night” (1889) – Van Gogh

  • “The Seed of the Areoi” (1892) – Gauguin

  • “Les Demoiselles d’Avignon” (1907) – Picasso

  • “The Dance” (1909) – Matisse

  • “The Dream” (1910) – Rousseau

  • “I and the Village” (1911) – Chagall

  • “Man with a Guitar” (1912) – Braque

  • “Love Song” (1914) – De Chirico

  • “Landscape” (1914) – Metzinger

  • “Water Lilies” (1914) – Monet

  • “White on White” (1918) – Malevich

  • “Two Children Are Threatened by a Nightingale” (1928) – Ernst

  • “The Persistence of Memory” (1931) – Dali

  • “Self-Portrait With Cropped Hair” (1940) – Kahlo

  • “Broadway Boogie-Woogie” (1943) – Mondrian

  • “Painting” (1946) – Bacon

  • “Christina’s World” (1948) – Wyeth

  • “One: Number 31” (1950) – Pollock

  • “Flag” (1954) – Johns

  • “Campbell’s Soup Cans” (1962) – Warhol


  • “St. John the Baptist Preaching” (1880) – Rodin

  • “Mediterranean” (1905) – Maillo

  • “Floating Figure” (1927) – Lachaise

  • “She Goat” (1950) – Picasso

  • “Moonbird” (1966) – Miro


Visiting Hours:

Open from 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday.

Open from 10:30 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Thursdays during July and August and on Fridays year round.



$25 for an adult ticket.

$18 for a senior ticket (65 and over).

$14 for a student ticket.

Free for children 16 and under.

Free for all after 4:00 p.m. on Fridays.

Ticket includes entry to the permanent collection, all temporary exhibitions, docent tours, films and lectures as well as use of an audio-guide.


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