Welcome to The Museum of Modern Art
Founded in 1929 by Lillie P. Bliss, Abby Aldrich Rockefeller, Mary Quinn Sullivan, and four other founding Trustees, The Museum of Modern Art was the first museum devoted to the modern era. Beginning with the innovative European art of the 1880s, the collection contains unparalleled holdings in every ensuing period of visual culture up to the present day, including such distinctly modern forms as film and industrial design in addition to more traditional mediums. Now numbering some 150,000 objects, the collection offers an unparalleled overview of modern and contemporary art.
Painting and Sculpture— Fourth and Fifth Floors
MoMA's collection includes 3,600 paintings and sculptures from the late nineteenth century to the present. Expansive galleries on the second floor house contemporary works in all mediums, and the Sculpture Garden features masterworks of modern sculpture.
Vincent van Gogh. The Olive Trees. 1889
Architecture and Design—Third Floor
Including 28,000 works ranging from large-scale design objects to works on paper and architectural models, the Museum’s diverse architecture and design collection surveys major figures and movements from the mid-nineteenth century to the present.
Sven Wingquist. Self-Aligning Ball Bearing. 1929. Manufacturer: SKF Industries, Inc., USA
Surveying the years from 1880 to the present, MoMA's comprehensive drawings collection comprises nearly 10,000 works in pencil, ink, and charcoal, as well as watercolors, collages, and works in mixed mediums.
Hélio Oiticica. Metaesquema. 1959
Comprising some 25,000 works, MoMA's holdings in photography survey the medium's history from the 1840s onward, representing both its great creative figures and its varied applications in such fields as journalism, science, and commerce.
Walker Evans. Alabama Cotton Tenant Farmer Wife. 1936
Reflecting ever-evolving artistic practices, new technologies, and today's visual world, MoMA's extensive media collection comprises over 1,200 video and media works dating from the late 1960s to the present day.
Doug Aitken. Interiors. 2002
Prints and Illustrated Books—Second Floor
MoMA's collection of over 53,000 prints and illustrated books offers a comprehensive survey from the 1880s to the present, with installations that highlight both individual artists and key movements.
El Lissitzky. New Man. 1920–21, published 1923
An international collection of some 22,000 moving image works incorporates all periods in over a century of film. Information on daily screenings is available in the Museum lobby, at the film desk, and on MoMA.org.
The Great Train Robbery. 1903. Directed by Edwin S. Porter
MUSEUM HOURS Galleries open Sat., Sun., Mon., Wed., and Thurs. 10:30 a.m.–5:30 p.m.; Fri. 10:30 a.m.–8:00 p.m.; Thurs., July 5–August 30 10:30 a.m.–8:00 p.m.; Tues., June 26–September 25, 10:30 a.m.–5:30 p.m. Closed Thanksgiving day and Christmas day
MUSEUM ADMISSION (includes Museum galleries, film programs, MoMA Audio program, and MoMA PS1 admission) Adults $25; Seniors (65 and over with ID) $18; Students (full-time with current ID) $14; Children (16 and under) free. This policy does not apply to children in groups. Members free. Admission is free for all visitors during Target Free Friday Nights, every Friday evening, 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. Advance tickets are available online at www.moma.org/tickets.
CHECKROOM All bags are subject to security inspection. Backpacks (any size) and umbrellas, parcels, and bags larger than 11 x 14" (27.9 x 35.6 cm) must be checked. Luggage and laptops cannot be accepted. The Museum reserves the right to refuse other items and is not responsible for items held by the checkroom.
MOBILITY ACCESS All galleries and facilities are wheelchair accessible. Wheelchairs are available in the checkroom free of charge. Motorized wheelchairs are permitted.
CAMERAS Still photography for personal use is permitted in collection galleries only. No flash or tripods allowed. Videotaping is permitted in the lobby only. No photographs or videotapes may be reproduced, distributed, or sold without permission from the Museum.
SKETCHING is permitted in the galleries—pencil only, no ink or paint—with sketchbooks no larger than 81⁄2 x 11" (21.6 x 27.9 cm). No easels, stools, or sketching while sitting on the floor is permitted. If galleries are crowded, guards may ask visitors to stop sketching or writing.
FILM ADMISSION Film tickets may be obtained for same-day screenings at no charge by presenting your Museum membership card or your Museum admission ticket stub at the film desk. Admission for film programs only: Adults $12; Seniors (65 and over with ID) $10; Students (full-time with current ID) $8; Children (16 and under) and members free, but a ticket is required. During Target Free Friday Nights, tickets are free from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. For complete ticketing policy, film calendar, and other information, visit the lobby information desk, the film desk, or call (212) 708-9480. Sound-enhancement systems are available free of charge at the film desk.
FILM TICKETING Screenings are held in the Museum's Theaters 1 and 2 (The Roy and Niuta Titus Theaters 1 and 2) and Theater 3 (The Celeste Bartos Theater). Tickets for films are available online, at the lobby information desk beginning at 9:30 a.m., and at the film desk and the lobby desk of The Lewis B. and Dorothy Cullman Education and Research Building during screening times. Admittance to the theater is not permitted fifteen minutes after the program has begun.
A limited number of advance tickets are available, no more than one week in advance of a film, to Museum members for a $1 service fee and to the general public for the film ticket price plus an additional $1.50 service fee.
The price of a film ticket may be applied toward the price of a Museum admission ticket when a film ticket stub is presented at the lobby information desk within thirty days from the date on the stub (does not apply during Target Free Friday Nights, 4:00–8:00 p.m.). Or, the price of a film ticket may be applied toward the price of any category of membership when a film ticket stub is presented at either the Film Desk or the Member Services desk in the Museum lobby within thirty days from the date on the stub.
Tickets for guests of Individual, Dual, Family, Student, and National/International members may be purchased for $5.00, either at the time of the film or up to one week in advance of the film, along with a screening ticket. Guests of Contributing Level Members need only a screening ticket, but must be accompanied by the member. Member guests must be accompanied by the card-holding member in order to gain admittance.
MoMA AUDIO is a free, random-access audio program devoted to the Museum's collection and special exhibitions. MoMA Audio includes Modern Voices, featuring commentaries by curators, artists, and others who share their perspectives on works in the collection (available in English, Spanish, French, Italian, German, Japanese, Korean, and Mandarin Chinese); Modern Kids for children; Red Studio for teens; Visual Descriptions for blind and partially sighted visitors; and Special Exhibitions (available in English only). Transcripts are available upon request. MoMA Audio desks are located on the first and sixth floors, and distribution of audio programs ends one hour before the Museum closes. Visitors can also access MoMA Audio via their wireless devices by connecting to MoMA's public WiFi network.
MoMA.GUIDE (English only) Interactive information stations offer visitors information on events, exhibitions, the collection, and navigating the Museum building. The program is enhanced with accessibility options. Stations are located on the first and second floors.
GALLERY TALKS (English only) Lectures on the collection and special exhibitions are offered daily at 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Topics are listed in the Museum lobby and on the second floor in the Marron Atrium, where groups meet. Lectures are free with Museum admission. For enhanced hearing in the galleries, FM headsets and neck loops are available at the meeting spot. Sign language–interpreted Gallery Talks are held the fourth Sunday of each month at 1:30 p.m.
ADULT AND ACADEMIC PROGRAMS offer interactive, informal, and scholarly opportunities for visitors to access modern and contemporary art. The Department of Education invites adults and students to explore MoMA's collection and special exhibitions with Museum curators, artists, and other experts. For more information on Brown Bag Lunch Lectures, Conversations with Contemporary Artists, MoMA Courses, and special exhibition programs, call (212) 708-9781 or visit www.moma.org/thinkmodern. MoMA's theaters and Classroom B are equipped with sound-enhancement systems. To schedule sign language interpretation for any public program (advance notice required), call (212) 408-6347 or (212) 247-1230 (TTY), or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
FAMILY PROGRAMS Family Programs at MoMA offer free tours, talks, workshops, screenings, websites, and activity guides for children and their adult companions. For a schedule and information, call (212) 708-9805 or e-mail email@example.com.
PROGRAMS AND SERVICES FOR VISITORS WITH DISABILITIES AND SPECIAL NEEDS are outlined in the Access Programs brochure. For more information or a complete schedule of these programs, call (212) 408-6347 or (212) 247-1230 (TTY), or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
GROUP SERVICES School and adult groups are welcome by appointment.MoMA lecturers and educators can be hired for tours and guided discussions. Tours are available in over thirteen languages. Groups may also choose to be self-guided. To schedule a group visit, call (212) 708-9685, fax (212) 408-6398, or e-mail email@example.com.
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MoMA DESIGN AND BOOK STORE 11 West 53 Street. (212) 708-9700
Open daily 9:30 a.m.–6:30 p.m.; Fri. 9:30 a.m.–9:00 p.m.
MoMA BOOKS Second floor of the Museum; accessible with Museum admission only.
Open during Museum hours only.
MoMA DESIGN STORE, 53 STREET 44 West 53 Street. (212) 767-1050
Open daily 9:30 a.m.–6:30 p.m.; Fri. 9:30 a.m.–9:00 p.m.
MoMA DESIGN STORE, SOHO 81 Spring Street. (646) 613-1367
Open daily 11:00 a.m.–8:00 p.m.; Sun. 11:00 a.m.–7:00 p.m.
MoMA DESIGN STORE, TOKYO Jingumae Shibuya-KU, Tokyo. 81-3-5468-5801
MoMA Stores are closed Thanksgiving day and Christmas day.
MoMA ONLINE STORE MoMAstore.org
MoMA MAIL ORDER (800) 447-6662
MoMA features a variety of dining options created and operated by Danny Meyer’s acclaimed Union Square Hospitality Group.
CAFE 2 offers seasonal Roman fare in a cafeteria setting. Sat., Sun., Mon., Wed., Thurs. 11:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.; Fri. 11:00 a.m.–7:30 p.m. Closed Tues.
TERRACE 5 (THE CARROLL AND MILTON PETRIE CAFÉ) is a full-service café specializing in hand-crafted desserts, small savory bites, and artisanal chocolates. Sat., Sun., Mon., Wed., Thurs. 11:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.; Fri. 11:00 a.m.–7:30 p.m. Closed Tues.
GARDEN CART is open seasonally in the Sculpture Garden, providing fresh ice creams and sorbets from Il Laboratorio del Gelato, light fare, and a limited espresso bar.
THE MODERN is a fine-dining restaurant featuring the cuisine of Chef Gabriel Kreuther. In addition to the stunning Dining Room, The Modern includes The Bar Room, a more casual dining and bar area, as well as a seasonal outdoor terrace. For information and reservations, call (212) 333-1220 or visit www.themodernnyc.com. The Modern: Lunch: Mon. through Fri. 12:00–2:00 p.m. Dinner: Mon. through Thurs. 5:30– 10:30 p.m.; Fri. and Sat. 5:30–11:30 p.m. The Bar Room: Mon. through Thurs. 11:30 a.m.–10:30 p.m.; Fri. and Sat. 11:30 a.m.–11:00 p.m.; Sun. 11:30 a.m.– 9:30 p.m.
WON’T YOU JOIN US? Become a MoMA member today for $75 (or less*) and enjoy great benefits all year long!
If you've already purchased an admission ticket, you can apply the price of your ticket toward any MoMA membership category. With free admission, $5 guest tickets, and 10% off in MoMA's shops and restaurants, your membership may even pay for itself today!
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BECOMING A MEMBER IS FAST AND EASY! Visit the Member Services desk in the MoMA lobby, stop by one of the MoMA Stores, call us toll free at (888) 999-8861, or visit www.moma.org/membership.
*We offer a specially discounted rate of $60 for those living more than 150 miles from New York City, and a $50 membership for full-time students. Visit the Member Services desk in the MoMA lobby for more information or to become a member today!
A MoMA affiliate since 2000, P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center is the oldest and second largest nonprofit arts center in the United States solely devoted to contemporary art. With its cutting-edge approach to exhibitions and direct involvement of artists within a scholarly framework, P.S.1 serves as a catalyst for ideas, discourse, and new trends in contemporary art and its practices.
Present your MoMA ticket within thirty days of date on ticket for free admission to P.S.1, only two subway stops away. Stop by the lobby information desk for further information, or visit www.ps1.org or call (718) 784-2084 to find out more about P.S.1's program of special exhibitions.
HOURS Open Thurs.–Mon. 12:00–6:00 p.m. Closed Tues. and Wed. Also closed on Thanksgiving day, Christmas day, and New Year's Day.
DIRECTIONS FROM MOMA From the 5 Avenue-53 Street station take the Queens-bound E or V train two stops to 23 Street-Ely Avenue. Exit the station onto 21 Street by walking toward the back of the train. Walk left along 21 Street four blocks to 46 Avenue. Turn left onto 46 Avenue and walk one block to the main entrance.