The Museum of Modern Art: An Introduction to the MoMA

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

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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:

The Museum of Modern Art Admission

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. This is a museum that is surprisingly wonderful to visit with kids. The audio tour is amazing and turns a visit to the museum into a treasure hunt where the children seek out the pieces of art that have audio tour components. The museum's app also makes it easy to find art that might be familiar to your child or might be of particular interest or appeal to them.