The MoMA in New York

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Martí Micolau

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  • Where it is
  • How to reach us
  • To see
  • Timetable and ticket prices
  • The MoMA shops
  • Eat at the museum
  • Photographing and drawing at MoMA
  • At MoMA with children?
  • A bit of history
  • It MoMA PS1
  • What to see near MoMA
  • The MoMA of San Francisco

Important! After closing for renovation from June 16 to October 20, 2019, MoMA reopens its doors on October 21, 2019! ?

A trip to New York is also great because it gives you the opportunity to visit some of the most important museums in the world.

In particular, the Museum of Modern Art, better known as MoMA, represents an irresistible attraction for experts inmodern and contemporary art, "Sympathizers" and also for those who are absolutely ignorant of the subject, but curious.

Undisputed cultural and artistic point of reference, MoMA holds and shares an exceptional and varied collection that includes design objects, drawings, sculptures, paintings, art photographs, screen prints, illustrations, films and multimedia works.

Which artists? Let's name a few: Umberto Boccioni, Paul Cézanne, Marc Chagall, Salvador Dalí, Giorgio de Chirico, Edgar Degas, Paul Gauguin, Edward Hopper, Frida Kahlo, Vasilij Kandinskij, Georgia O'Keeffe, Henri Matisse, Claude Monet, Pablo Picasso, Jackson Pollock, Vincent van Gogh, Vasily Kandinsky, Andy Wharol.

In addition to having one of the most envied permanent collections in the world and offering prominent temporary exhibitions, the MoMA has a rich library, a conservation laboratory and precious archives.

To all this are added its high-level educational programs: free educational sessions, meetings and film screenings.

In short, MoMA is a real temple of art.

Where it is

In the heart of Manhattan, at 11 W 53rd Street, between Fifth Avenue and Sixth Avenue (Avenue of the Americas).

How to reach us

By metro, with line E, 5th Avenue - 53rd Street stop.
If you are staying in Times Square, you can get there on foot with a nice walk.

To see

The Starry Night by Van Gogh, one of the must-see works at the MoMA in New York

Often the visit of the MoMA begins from the fifth floor. Here are the most famous works of the collection, belonging to the period 1860 - 1940.

Among the unmissable works of the museum, we remember:

  • The very famous The starry night, one of Van Gogh's last paintings, from 1889. Made when the painter was hospitalized in a psychiatric hospital, it represents a nocturnal landscape of Saint-Rémy-de-Provence before sunrise
  • Les demoiselles d'Avignon, from 1907, with which Picasso passes from naturalism to cubism
  • Unique forms of continuity in space by Boccioni, sculpture also represented in the Spanish 20 cent coins
  • Still by Boccioni, Dynamism of a footballer, futurist painting dedicated to football and dated 1913
  • Oil on canvas by Salvador Dalì The Persistence of Memory, surrealist work with curious soft clocks (whose idea was suggested to the artist by the "hyper softness" of camembert, the cheese he had eaten shortly before)
  • La Dance I by Matisse, inspired by the continuous movement of life
  • Water lilies (The Water Lilies) by the impressionist Monet. He himself grew these magnificent flowers in his home in France. The painting is part of the cycle of water lilies which includes about two hundred and fifty paintings by Monet
  • One: Number 31, made in 1950 by Pollock. The artist painted this expressionism masterpiece with the canvas resting on the floor
  • The dream by Henri Rousseau, painted in 1910. The painter depicted this exotic landscape without ever having seen anything like it in person
  • The famous Warhol cans, 32 Campbell’s Soup Cans, created with a partly mechanized screen printing technique. The work consists of thirty-two canvases, each 51 cm × 41 cm large, representing all the varieties of Campbell soup cans that were on the market
  • La flag by Jasper Johns, an American painter considered the greatest exponent of New Dada
  • Bicycle wheel, the work of 1913 by the French Dadaist sculptor Duchamp

If time permits, remember to go and see theAbby Aldrich Rockefeller Sculpture Garden, the sculpture garden in which stands a huge rose (Rose II) by Isa Genzken. Even if you have a green thumb, you will never be able to grow a flower as tall as this sculpture: almost 11 meters!

Remember to focus your attention on the MoMA environments born with the 2019 renovation, and in particular:

  • Marie-Josée and Henry Kravis Studio. It is a new space designed for experimentation and live programming (4th floor, in the center of the museum);
  • Paula and James Crown Creativity Lab, a space designed to establish a dialogue, converse with the artists, relax, reflect (2nd floor) .;
  • Le tunnels at street level, accessible for free, created with the intent to connect MoMA with the people and streets of New York.

And to start visiting MoMA even before leaving for New York, there's Google Arts & Culture, which displays some of the museum's most important works.

Timetable and ticket prices

The museum is open every day from the 10.00 17.30.

On Friday the opening hours are longer: the closing time is at 21.00 pm.

The museum is closed on Thanksgiving and Christmas Day.

Ticket price:
• Adults $ 25
•> 65 years $ 18 (with ID)
• Students $ 14
• <16 years: free admission

"> Buy the priority ticket

The ticket includes contactless entry with a scheduled time in advance. The pass grants access to audio guides in all the main languages ​​of the world (including Spanish) divided by collections, itineraries and age groups.

To avoid the crowds and at the same time not enter "full price", remember that admission to MoMA is included in many passes for New York!

The MoMA shops

The MoMA store in New York

When visiting MoMA, a stop for design shopping is a must.

At the museum or nearby

Un MoMA design store it is located across the street in front of the museum at 44 West 53 Street. It offers design objects that combine refinement and utility, as well as exclusive items on sale only at MoMA.
You will find it open every day from 10.00 to 18.00.

Inside the museum, you will find three shops:

First floor:
The shop is open to the public (therefore also to those who do not have a museum ticket) every day: 9.00-18.30 pm
Every Friday and the first Thursday of the month: 9.00 - 21.00

Second floor:
The shop is open every day for museum ticket holders: 9.30 - 17.30
Every Friday and the first Thursday of the month: 9.30 - 21.00

Sixth floor:
The shop is open every day for museum ticket holders: 10.00 - 17.30
Every Friday and the first Thursday of the month: 10.00 - 21.00

A Soho

In New York, another interesting one MoMA design store It is located in the SoHo neighborhood at 81 Spring Street.

In the world

Other MoMA stores are located a little further in Japan! In Tokyo in the Shibuya district of Kyoto.

There is also a MoMA store in Hong Kong.


For those who are traveling only with the imagination - for the moment - there is also the online store that also ships to Spain.

Eat at the museum

MoMA offers several options, for quick meals or not.

On the first floor, a modern American restaurant with two Michelin stars (and which has obtained a three-star rating from the New York Times): The modern, open for lunch and dinner. Also includes a bar.

On the second floor, he Cafe 2 it is very family friendly and serves Spanish inspired dishes.

Finally, on the fifth floor, the Terrace 5 is a quiet eatery offering a selection of small dishes made with seasonal ingredients.

Il Terrace coffee it is located on the sixth floor of the Jerry Speyer and Katherine Farley Building. This full-service bar follows the museum's opening hours. It offers small seasonal American dishes, snacks, cocktails, wine and beer.

Photographing and drawing at MoMA

It is allowed to do Photos for personal use only in the galleries of the collections. Flashes, tripods, or camera extension cables cannot be used.

Le shooting for personal use they are only allowed in the hall.

If you want to give vent to your creativity as a designer, know that in the galleries it is allowed to make sketches (exclusively in pencil) on drawing pads with a maximum size of 21,6 × 27,9 cm.

At MoMA with children?

A long "classic" visit to MoMA could be boring for children, especially the little ones.

However, the museum has created bespoke spaces and activities for families with children (mostly in English): tours, art workshops, interactive zones, film screenings.

If you intend to go to MoMA for children, take a look at this page of the official site.

Older children will also be able to appreciate the audio guides (also available in Spanish on the MoMA website).

A bit of history

MoMA was born in 1929 from the idea of ​​three women: Abby Aldrich Rockefeller (wife of John D. Rockefeller Jr), Lillie P. Bliss and Mary Quinn Sullivan, nicknamed The Ladies.

The three wealthy ladies intended to create a house of modern and contemporary art and, at the same time, an educational institution for the public of all ages.

They succeeded brilliantly in their aim: from the beginning the exhibition included works by Van Gogh, Gauguin, Cézanne, and the museum was gradually able to establish itself internationally.

The six rooms initially rented inside the Heckscher Building (now called the Crown Building) at 730 Fifth Avenue were soon no longer enough.

Over time, the museum then changed location several times, finding a home at the current address starting from 1932.

The building that houses the MoMA has been renovated and enlarged several times over the years, almost doubling its space. The most recent renovation gave him 30% more space!


This museum is a second seat of the MoMA; it is located in Queens and is focused on contemporary art.

At MoMA PS1 (this is its official website) ample space is given to experimentation and the works of emerging artists through exhibitions, shows, performances and musical events.

The name "PS1" means "Public School One", because the building that houses the center was formerly a school.

The museum, affiliated with MoMA since 2000, was born in 1971 with the name of Art and Urban Resources Inc and with the aim of giving space to contemporary art in abandoned urban spaces.

Where it is

22-25 Jackson Avenue, Long Island City.

How to reach us

By underground lines E and M, to Court Square - 23 Street Station.

To see

The MoMA PS1 does not have a permanent exhibition: as it is a large institution of “non-collectible” contemporary art, it operates with a rich calendar of temporary exhibitions.

At the museum, however, you can always admire the long-term installations, some of which have been exhibited for many years.

These works are of different types and sizes: some clearly evident, others positioned more discreetly.

Timetable and ticket prices

The museum opens from 12.00 to 18.00.
Closed on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, Thanksgiving and Christmas and New Year days.

Pricing of tickets:
• Adults $ 10
•> 65 years $ 5 (with ID)
• Students $ 5
• <16 anni e residenti a New York: ingresso gratuito.

Full price MoMA PS1 tickets entitle you to a discount equal to the amount of the MoMA admission ticket.

Eating and shopping at MoMA PS1


GM. Wells Dinette, PS1's eclectic restaurant-café that opened in 2012, closed its doors at the end of February 2019.
To eat, it should open its doors from the fall of 2019 new restaurant by Mina Stone, the chef specializing in Greek-inspired dishes and known to the public above all for “Cooking for Artists”, a 2015 book in which her recipes are accompanied by drawings made by artists.

For a little shopping at the museum, you can pop into the ARTBOOK @ MoMA PS1 shop to discover contemporary art magazines and books, new or out of print, limited editions, MoMA PS1 products, CDs, DVDs and books related to current shows from New York.

What to see near MoMA

There is plenty of choice: Central Park, Times Square, Rockefeller Center and Top of the Rock, St. Patrick's Cathedral, the Empire State Building.

The MoMA of San Francisco

That's right, there is also a MoMA in San Francisco.

It has existed since 1935, it is called "San Francisco Museum of Modern Art" and is better known as SFMOMA.

It is - in turn - one of the largest museums of modern and contemporary art in the United States, with works by artists such as Frida Kahlo, Gerhard Richter and Andy Warhol and Julie Mehretu and also has its own outdoor sculpture garden.

But no, it is not a "relative" of the MoMA in New York!

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