Museum of Modern Art

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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

    1. 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

    2. 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

    3. 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

    4. 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

    5. 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?

Planning Your Visit

  • 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 ticket in advance to save time.

  • 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

Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 2,715 reviews

I chose an Option for two attractions, paid $64 - I chose a cruise around Manhattan (which didn't go around Manhattan due to high water & bridges - no ones fault) - got to the ticket counter with my voucher - required to pay $10 extra. For the second attraction I chose the 911 Memorial - Even with the voucher I had to wait 2.5 hours in line to get a ticket - then waited for another 1.5 hours to go into the museum. I chose a guided tour for an additional $20. I don't really think I saved any money or time using the Explorer Pass. I think this would work better buying the $132 pass offering options for more attractions which I didn't have time for - good for 30 days. I paid like $45 on my own to go to the top of the Empire State Building which was one of the options.

The best tour I have had in NYC. Jonah knew all the best places to see and the easiest route to get there. I definitely got my step count up for this tour. But most of all the variety of food and information in regards to culture was amazing. And best of all I was even more lucky to be in a group of just 3 people. And most of all he did the most amazing job of making me look good in pictures. I would definitely recommend this tour.

I explored the 5th and part of the 4th floor. I spent about 2 hours exploring so I would go back to see more but wish I could reuse my ticket being that the cost was $25. This Museum is huge much bigger than I anticipated. Also I didn't use the Get Your Guide and I feel as though $25 should be lower especially if a Family is involved. I'm quite sure this Museum gets a lot of donations.... from the elite.

We had a similar pass for San Francisco last summer. It's so nice to have options and to be able to skip lines. The hint to go to the Rose Center entrance of the American Museum of Natural History was outstanding! Long lines due to the holidays and a Kwanza celebration but walked right in the side entrance.

Fantastic value for money pass that allows you visit more attractions than you could ever possibly fit in! 100% recommend to anyone visiting New York, especially if it’s your first time.