What to see at Moma in New York: timetables, prices and tips

This famous New York Museum of Contemporary Art, probably the best known in the world, is the result of the will of enterprising women, who for their time stood out for their strength and determination. Thanks to that initiative, today the MoMa contains some of the most representative works of the various currents of which they are exponents and offers the visitor a varied and complete experience, which can also be anticipated online thanks to Google's digital project. Let's go to the discovery of the Museum and its unmissable works.


  1. What to see and how to visit Moma
  2. Les demoiselles d'Avignon
  3. The persistence of memory
  4. Starry Night
  5. Unique forms of continuity in space
  6. Dance
  7. The water lilies
  8. Bicycle wheel
  9. Marilyn Monroe
  10. The birth of the world
  11. Jane Avril
  12. Hours and prices
  13. Online tickets and guided tours
  14. User questions and comments

What to see and how to visit Moma

The Moma (Museum of Modern Art) is probably the most famous contemporary art museum in the world and hosts more than 200.000 works of art, in continuous evolution, accessible through a series of paths, including the digital project of Google Art Project.
The museum is divided into five levels: on the first floor, there is the entrance with the wardrobe; on the second floor, there are mostly drawings and prints made with the charcoal technique, dated from 1880 until today; the third floor, on the other hand, is dedicated to photography, with shots taken not only by important photographers, but also by journalists or amateurs; the fourth floor houses works of art that belong to the movements of abstract expressionism or Pop Art for which, among the main exponents, you will surely find Andy Warhol and Pollock; finally, the fifth floor is undoubtedly the most crowded one, as it is reserved for the masterpieces of Picasso, Monet, Chagall, Cézanne or Mirò.
But what are the absolutely unmissable works and what to see at Moma? Here are the ten works to mark on the agenda.

1 - Les demoiselles d'Avignon

The subject of this famous Picasso painting are five prostitutes in a brothel on Calle Avignon, Barcelona. The whole preparatory phase for this painting and its sketches have given way to the new current of which the artist will be a precursor, namely the Cubism.

  • creation date: 1907
  • Author: Pablo Picasso
  • Dimensions: 243,9 cm x 233,7 cm
  • Technology: oil painting on canvas

2 - The persistence of memory

Work initially known as The Soft Watches, is the emblem of Dali's surrealism, one of the artist's most famous paintings, that is the distortion of time and space that overturns all traditional canons, moving the subjects into another dimension.

  • creation date: 1931
  • Author: Salvador Dalì
  • Dimensions: 24 cm x 33 cm
  • Technology: oil painting on canvas

3 - Starry night

A countryside landscape illuminated by a disturbing whirlwind of stars and the strength of the moonlight. To complete the brightness of the painting, in contrast with the painter's sad mood, the house lights that shine through the windows of the small houses.

  • creation date: 1889
  • Author: Vincent Van Gogh
  • Dimensions: 72 cm x 92 cm
  • Technology: oil painting on canvas

4 - Unique forms of continuity in space

This symbolic work of Futurism, and today also represented on Italian twenty-cent coins, represents movement and fluidity, laying new foundations for sculpture, which go beyond traditional canons.

  • creation date: 18913
  • Author: Umberto Boccioni
  • Dimensions: 7.126,4 cm high
  • Technology: bronze

5 - The dance

An apparently simple work, which represents five figures dancing in a harmonious vortex, actually represents the maximum expression of the artist, who with this painting wanted to represent balance and proportions.

  • creation date: 1909
  • Author: Henri Matisse
  • Dimensions: 259 cm x 390 cm
  • Technology: oil painting on canvas

6 - The water lilies

The favorite subject of the artist who, in his life, painted well over 250 canvases to which he gave this name. This exhibit at the MoMa, however, represents the most iconic and most expressive of Impressionism.

  • creation date: 1918
  • Author: Claude Monet
  • Dimensions: 200 cm x 425 cm
  • Technology: oil painting on canvas

7 - Bicycle wheel

The first work of kinetic art, which falls within the author's Dadaist period, had a first version which was lost. This, also made by the artist, represents a wheel placed on a stool and visitors are allowed to turn it, to create movement.

  • creation date: 1913
  • Author: Marchel Duchamp
  • Dimensions: 126 cm high

8 - Marilyn Monroe

This work belongs to a series of serigraphs that the artist dedicates to Marilyn and is among the most famous and cited. It is characterized by a remarkable chromatic richness and a well-defined design. This perfection distinguishes her from all the other portraits previously made by the artist on canvas.

  • creation date: 1967
  • Author: Andy Warhol
  • Dimensions: 91,5 cm x 91,5 cm
  • Technology: screen printing

9 - The birth of the world

This large work was made by the artist in a few days on the basis of some sketches noted in a notebook. Here, Mirò transforms appearance into reality and creates a painting with the title referring precisely to the creative process, which escapes his usual control.

  • creation date: 1925
  • Author: Joan Mirò
  • Dimensions: 250,8 cm x 200 cm
  • Technology: oil painting on canvas

10 - Jane Avril

The author's passion for dance led him to create an immortal work of art, that Jane Avril, a well-known dancer at the time and considered by many to be the representation of dance. Observing the work one cannot fail to admire the grace, as well as the fragility, with which the dancer expresses herself.

  • creation date: 1899
  • Author: henry de Toulouse-Lautrec
  • Dimensions: 56 cm x 35,7 cm
  • Technology: lithograph

Hours and prices

  • open 7 days a week, from 7:10 to 30:17; on Friday open until 30:20. For members, early entry from 00:9. Closed only on Thanksgiving and Christmas
  • Best time to avoid queues: Sunday, at any time, is the least crowded day
  • $ 25,00 (approximately € 22,00) and includes film screening
  • Reductions: $ 18,00 (approximately € 16,00) for seniors over 65; $ 14,00 (approximately € 12,50) for full-time students
  • Free: for children under 16. For everyone, every Friday from 16:00 to 20:00. Always, for MoMa members

Online tickets and guided tours

Useful tips for visiting the attraction

  1. Get up early: some agencies offer tours inside the museum when it is still closed to the public. The ticket is decided higher, but you can enjoy the works without the crowds of visitors
  2. Buy the city card: many city cards offer admission to the MoMa included in the price. If you want to visit multiple attractions, this is the most recommended and cheapest option.
  3. Priority ticket: by buying your ticket online, you can save a lot of time and the queue at the entrance (buy priority entrance now)
  4. Keep your ticket: the entrance ticket to the MoMa allows, in the 14 days following its issue, to also enter for free the MoMa Ps1, a branch of the museum located on Long Island, in the borough of Queens
  5. Watch out for restrictions: it is not possible to bring professional photographic equipment into the museum; moreover, it is possible to take photos of the works, but always and only without flash while the production of videos is always prohibited
  6. Minimum time: 2 hours
  7. Extraordinary closing: in 2019, the MoMa will be closed from June 16 to October 20

Where is it and how to get there

  • On foot: the museum is located at 11 W 53rd Street, between Fifth and Sixth Avenues, in the heart of Manhattan. The entrance is located at 18 West 54 Street - Get Directions
  • By bus: the direct bus lines to reach the museum are the M7, BM2 and X17.
  • By metro: the main subway line is line E and you need to get off at 5th Avenue-53rd Street stop.

Historical notes and curiosities: what to know in brief

The MoMa was born in 1928 from an idea of ​​the wife of Abby Aldrich Rockefeller, wife of the well-known JD Rockefeller jr, and two of her friends, who were later called The Ladies. The inauguration took place nine days after the Wall Street crash and it was housed in a modest building. Only later, and thanks to important removals and renovations, is it transferred to the current building. Just the latest interventions have aroused numerous controversies due, according to most, to poor management of the spaces.

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