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Museum of Modern Art opening hours & best time to visit

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Open 10:30 AM - 5:30 PM

Museum of Mordern Art (MoMA)

Days (Jan 1 TO Dec 31)TIMINGS
Monday10:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Tuesday10:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Wednesday10:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Thursday10:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Friday10:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Saturday10:30 AM - 7:00 PM
Sunday10:30 AM - 5:30 PM
MoMA Hours

The Museum of Modern Art is open from 10:30 AM to 5:30 PM. It is closed on Christmas and Thanksgiving.




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What are the opening hours of MoMA?

MoMA opening hours

Best time to visit the Museum of Modern Art

MoMA opening hours

Peak season vs low season

  • The Museum of Modern Art in New York is a year-round attraction, but it tends to be busiest during the summer months, from June through August.
  • If you prefer a less crowded experience, consider visiting during the spring (March to May) or fall (September to November), when the weather is pleasant and the museum is less busy.

Peak season: June to August

Low season: March to May

MoMA opening hours

Weekday vs weekend

  • To avoid crowds and enjoy the artworks at your own pace, it is best to visit the museum during the early hours on weekdays, between 10:30am to 1pm, or in the late afternoons, after 3pm. Saturday tend to be the busiest day of the week and the crowds tend grow towards the evening as the museum is open until 7pm. If you're visiting on a weekend, try to wrap up your visit by 4pm.
  • Finding parking near the museum can be challenging on weekends due to the high volume of visitors. Consider planning your visit on a weekday for easier parking access.

How long should I spend at MoMA?

MoMA opening hours

For the express visitor

If you’re short on time or just want a quick overview of the museum, plan for a visit of about 1-2 hours.

  • Start at the top: Begin your journey from the top floors, which house the Painting and Sculpture Galleries. This allows you to make your way down, viewing exhibits as you descend.
  • Key pieces: Focus your energies on a handful of key pieces. Van Gogh’s Starry Night and Monet’s Water Lilies are located in the Alfred H. Barr, Jr. Galleries on the 5th floor.
  • Architecture: Take a moment to appreciate the unique architecture of the museum itself, designed by Yoshio Taniguchi.
MoMA opening hours

For the art enthusiast

If you are an art lover looking to immerse yourself in the museum’s offerings, set aside around 3-5 hours for your visit.

  • Explore collections: Spend some time with the vast collections, which span from the late 19th-century to the present. MoMA has six collection departments: Painting and Sculpture, Architecture and Design, Film and Media, Photography, Prints and Illustrated Books, and Drawings. These collections are located across several floors, with the majority of the collection housed on the 4th and 5th floors.
  • MoMA PS1: Don’t forget to visit MoMA PS1, an affiliate of MoMA dedicated to contemporary art. It’s located in Long Island City, Queens, and is accessible with your MoMA ticket.
  • Café 2 or Terrace Café: Take a break at Café 2 or the Terrace Café and enjoy a snack or a cup of coffee.
  • Museum store: Before you leave, stop by the museum store which features products inspired by art and architecture at the museum.

MoMA cafe hours

NYC MoMA Cafe Opening Hours
  • The Modern Bar Room: Tuesday to Saturday: 11:30am to 2:30pm (lunch) and from 5pm to 9pm (dinner).
  • Cafe 2: Tuesday to Sunday: 11am to 5pm.
  • Carroll and Milton Petrie Terrace Café: Monday to Thursday: 11am to 4pm; Friday to Sunday: 11am to 5pm.
  • Garden Café (on the Sculpture Garden terrace): Monday to Thursday: 11am to 4pm; Friday and Sunday: 11am to 5pm; Saturdays: 11am to 6pm.
  • Garden Bar (in the Sculpture Garden): Wednesday to Sunday: 12pm to 4:30pm.
  • Espresso Bar: Sunday to Friday: 10:30am to 5pm; Saturday: 10:30am to 6:30pm; first Friday of each month: 10:30am to 7:00pm.

MoMA store hours

NYC MoMA store timings

Museum store:

Located in the Museum, between 5th and 6th Avenues.

  • Sunday to Friday: 10:30 AM - 6 PM
  • Saturday: 10:30 AM- 7 PM

MoMA Design Store:

Across from the Museum, between 5th and 6th Avenues

  • Sunday to Friday: 10:30 AM - 6 PM
  • Saturday: 10:30 AM- 7 PM

MoMA PS1 opening hours

Apart from the fact that MoMA tickets also allow you to visit the MoMA PS1, you should plan to visit MoMA PS1 for its one-of-a-kind exhibitions aimed at helping visitors learn about New York City, its history, and its thriving and progressive art world.

Sunday to Monday: 12 PM – 6 PM
Thursday to Saturday: 12 PM – 8 PM

Closed: Thursday and Wednesday, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Day.

Duration: It can take about 1-1.5 hours to view all the exhibitions at MoMA PS1.

Best time to visit MoMA PS1: Visit during the early hours on a weekday to avoid crowds.

Visiting MoMA and MoMA PS1 on the same day:
Since MoMA still sells only a one-day ticket you might find it to be more budget-friendly to visit both the museums on the same day. MoMA PS1 is about 5 km away from MoMA, so it would not be very inconvenient to fit both museums into your itinerary.

Frequently asked questions about MoMA's opening hours

What are the MoMA opening hours?

MoMA is open daily. Sunday to Friday, MoMA is open from 10:30 AM to 5:30 PM, while on Saturdays, the museum is open from 10:30 AM to 7 PM. On Mondays, however, between 10:30 AM to 1 PM, the museum is only open to members and their guests.

When is the MoMA closed?

MoMA is closed on Thanksgiving day and Christmas. 

When is the best time to visit MoMA?

To avoid crowds, visit the museum between 10.30 PM to 1 PM or in the late afternoons, after 3 PM.

How long do I need to spend at MoMA?

It might take you 3-4 hours to visit all the galleries at MoMA.

What is the MoMA cafe's hours?

MoMA has four restaurants/cafes and all have different timings. You can find the cafe timings here.

What are MoMA store timings?

The MoMA museum store and design store is open from Sunday to Friday, from 10:30 AM to 6 PM and on Saturday, from 10:30 AM to 7 PM.

What is MoMA PS1's opening hours?

MoMA PS1 is open from Sunday to Monday, 12 PM to 6 PM and Thursday to Saturday, 12 PM to 8 PM.

Can I visit MoMA and MoMA PS1 on the same day.

MoMA sells only a one-day ticket so if you plan to visit both, you should visit the museums on the same day. MoMA PS1 is only about 17 minutes away from MoMA. However, you will have to set aside a whole day to be able to visit both.