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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

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

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

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

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

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?

Our insider tips

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 skip the line ticket in advance.

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.

What people are saying about Museum of Modern Art

we did it at a rainy day => full but beautiful

Booked in the morning after we had a look to the weather forcast. => no waiting in the row

Interesting instrument to visit New York.

Great instrument. Although people forget that tourists are there to visit and be the ambassodor for the next visitors and are not there to be stolen from.

New York Pass: Save up to 45% on top attractions Reviewed by Dominique, 07/24/2017

City Explorer Pass, easy to order, easy to change Attractions ticket.

In New York, easy to take subway, you can go to Battery Park , pick your boarding pass Ferry ticket to Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island Immigration Museum. You should to know which subway line take you to right place. Google map will help you. Central Park is good place for walk.

NYC Explorer Pass: Save up to 50% at 80+ Attractions & Tours Reviewed by a GetYourGuide customer, 08/18/2016

Very good value but have a 2 week holiday to get the max holiday use.

Very good value. Helped us get very organised about the attractions and what was available to us.

Fantastic museum, not exactly what I wanted to see

I was hoping for a full scale Abstract Expressionism, 'got' just 1 De Kooning and 2 Rothkos - and a room full of (ugly by me) Picassos. I think it was just luck of the draw - a friend of mine, at different time, saw a room full of De Koonings.... Still, one of the best expositions I've ever seen - recommended always!

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