Museum of Modern Art

Museum of Modern Art information

New York City , USA
11 W 53rd St
btwn Fifth & Sixth Aves
+1 212 708 9400
Getting there
Subway: E, M to 5th Ave-53rd St
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adult/child $25/free, 4-8pm Fri free
Opening hours
10:30am-5:30pm Sat-Thu, to 8pm Fri, to 8pm Thu Jul-Aug
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Superstar of the modern-art scene, MoMA's galleries scintillate with heavyweights: Van Gogh, Matisse, Picasso, Warhol, Lichtenstein, Rothko, Pollock and Bourgeois. Since its founding in 1929, the museum has amassed almost 200,000 artworks, documenting the emerging creative ideas and movements of the late 19th century through to those that dominate today. For art buffs, it's Valhalla. For the uninitiated, it's a thrilling crash course in all that is beautiful and addictive about art.

MoMA's permanent collection spans four levels, with prints, illustrated books and the unmissable Contemporary Galleries on level two; architecture, design, drawings and photography on level three; and painting and sculpture on levels four and five. Many of the big hitters are on these last two levels, so tackle the museum from the top down before fatigue sets in. Must-sees include Van Gogh's The Starry Night , Cézanne's The Bather , Picasso's Les Demoiselles d'Avignon , and Henri Rousseau's The Sleeping Gypsy , not to mention iconic American works like Warhol's Campbell's Soup Cans and Gold Marilyn Monroe , Lichtenstein's equally poptastic Girl with Ball , and Hopper's haunting House by the Railroad .

When gallery fatigue sets in, recharge in MoMA's Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Sculpture Garden, dotted with works by dexterous greats like Matisse, Miró and Picasso.