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An A-Z guide to plan your visit to the Museum of Modern Art in NYC

Founded in 1929, The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) is known for its extensive collection of modern and contemporary art, from European paintings and sculptures of the 1880s to today's film, design, and performance art. Today, the MoMA Museum welcomes approximately 3 million visitors every year. On this page, you will find all the information you need, such as opening times, location and tips, which will help you plan your visit to MoMA better.

MoMA opening hours

NYC MoMA Opening Hours

Best time to visit MoMA

Best time to visit MoMA

Planning your visit to MoMA strategically can help make the most of your experience. Consider starting your tour in the morning when the museum opens at 10:30 AM. This early start allows you to explore the galleries in a peaceful environment, as they are less crowded at this time.

If you're not an early riser, visiting in the late afternoon after 3 PM can also offer a quieter experience. The museum tends to be less crowded during these hours, allowing for a more relaxed exploration of the art collections.

Surprisingly, weekends at MoMA are often less crowded than weekdays. If you prefer a leisurely visit, weekends could be the perfect time to explore the museum at your own pace.

Where is MoMA?

Address: 11 W 53rd St, New York, NY 10019, United States | Find on Maps

The Museum of Modern Art is located in the heart of Midtown Manhattan, on 53rd Street between Fifth and Sixth Avenues.

Closest landmark: Top of The Rock (480 meters)

How to get to MoMA in NYC

Getting to MoMA by public transport

By public transport

  • By Subway: Take the E or M train to 5th Avenue / 53rd Street. From here, MoMA is a 3-minute walk. Alternatively, take the B, D, F, or M train to 47-50 Street / Rockefeller Center. Walk northeast on 5th Avenue, then take a right on West 53rd Street. The closest station is at The 5 Av/53 St station.
  • By Bus: From the east side of Manhattan, take the M1, M2, M3, M4, or M5 bus to 53rd Street. From here, MoMA is quick 1-minute walk. From the west side, take the M50 crosstown bus to 50th Street. Then walk three blocks to 53rd Street. The closest stop is at 6 Av/W 53 St.
Getting to MoMA by car

By car

To reach the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) from nearby locations, you can drive or rent a car. Another option is to use ride-sharing services like Uber or Lyft, or take a taxi to reach the museum.

Parking: If you decide to drive to the Museum of Modern Art in NYC, you can park your car in one of the following parking facilities:

  • ICON Parking: Located on 1330 Sixth Avenue, it will cost you $22 for about 2 hours.
  • The 1345 Garage: Located at 101-41 W. 54 St. They charge $20 for parking up to 2 hours. 

MoMA PS1 opening hours

Your NYC MoMA tickets also allow you to visit the MoMA PS1, which is one of the largest art institutions in the USA dedicated to contemporary art.

Sun to Mon: 12 PM – 6 PM

Thu to Sat: 12 PM – 8 PM

Closed on: Apart from Tuesdays and Wednesdays every week, MoMA PS1 is closed for Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Day.

Where is MoMA PS1 located?

Address: 22-25 Jackson Ave, Queens, NY 11101, United States | Find on Maps

MoMA PS1 is located at 22-25 Jackson Avenue, Queens, about 3.1 miles away from MoMA. It will take you about 17 minutes to travel between the museums.

Getting to MoMA PS1 in Queens

Getting to MoMA PS1

By Subway: You can take the 7 Local train to 33 St., Queens. You can also take the E or M trains to Court Square-23rd Street.

By Bus: Take the Q32 from Madison Avenue in Manhattan at stops between 32 and 59 St to Queens Blvd/33 St. Or take the Q60 from 60 St between First and Second Avenues to Queens Blvd./33 St. 

Parking Facilities at MoMA PS1

If you choose to drive down to the MoMA PS1, you can park your car at the LaGuardia Commuter Parking.  It is located at 31-11 Thomson Avenue, at 31 Street  and is open 24 hours. It will cost about $5 to park for 1 hour. 

Metered street parking is available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Know before you go

Facilities
Accessibility
Visiting with family
Group visits
Rules and regulations
Dining
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Visit MoMA - Facilities
  • There are baby changing stations located on every floor.
  • All-gender restrooms are located on Floors 1, 3W, 5, and T1.
  • Baby strollers are welcome. Please note, they are not permitted on escalators.
  • Entrances with power-assist doors are located on 53rd and 54th streets between Fifth and Sixth avenues.
  • Elevators are located throughout the Museum.
Visit MoMA in NYC - Accessibility
  • You can borrow wheelchairs for the duration of your visit, for free, on a first-come, first-served basis. 
  • Service dogs are welcome
  • They have audio guides as well as visitor guide in Braille and large print for blind and partially sighted visitors. 
  • ASL interpretation and live captioning is available for programs upon a two weeks advance notice.
  • Theaters, lobby desks, ticketing desks, audioguide desks, classrooms, and the Paula and James Crown Creativity Lab are equipped with induction loops.
Visiting NYC MoMA with family
  • Get hold of the audio guide (English, Français, Deutsch, Italiano, Español, Português, Korean, JapaneseMandarin) for kids aged 5 and up. Bring your own device and headphones. 
  • Pick up a free Hey Kids! Activity Guide on Floor 1. This is for the movement, writing, and drawing activities to do in front of artworks at the Museum.
  • Only carry pencils to draw in the galleries; colored pencils, crayons, and markers are not allowed.
  • Look for kids' labels on floors 2, 4, and 5. It will help kids get a deeper understanding of the artists’ processes, search for materials, and consider big ideas about art. 
Group visits to MoMA in NYC
  • MoMA welcomes groups by appointment. 
  • For groups with up to 15 members, MoMA offers discounted rates. 
    Adults: $20
    Seniors (65 and over): $16
    College students: $12
    Children: $9
    Students of colleges and universities: Free
  • You will get a dedicated entry time for your group. 
  • You can also skip the line with expedited check-in. 
Rules and regulations at MoMA
  • Photography is permitted in designated areas only; check signage for details.
  • Food and drinks are not allowed in the galleries.
  • Large bags, backpacks, and umbrellas must be checked at the coat-check.
  • Strollers are allowed but must be small enough to navigate the galleries comfortably.
  • Firearms or dual-use items are not permitted inside the museum.
  • Every visitor is subject to security screening before entering the museum.
  • Smoking is not allowed anywhere on the premises.
  • Drones, unmanned aircraft systems, and other remote-flying devices are not allowed.
Dining at MoMA

Dining at MoMA

  • The Modern Bar Room
  • Carroll and Milton Petrie Terrace Café 
  • Garden Café (on the Sculpture Garden terrace)
  • Garden Bar (in the Sculpture Garden)
Dining options at MoMA PS1

Dining at MoMA PS1

Mina’s: The all-day café from chef Mina Stone, offers Mediterranean-inspired cuisine. Mina’s restaurant is open for window service Thursday through Sunday.

Shopping at MoMA
  • The MoMA Design Store offers a wide range of modern and contemporary home décor, art, and accessories.
  • The store features new arrivals, best sellers, and exclusive kitchen designs.
  • The museum also offers special discounts and free gift wrapping for members.
MoMA entrances
  • The main entrance of MoMA is located on 53rd Street, close to Sixth Avenue and just east of the flagship Museum Store.
  • There is a separate entrance for groups and visitors with disabilities at 4 West 54th Street.
  • The entrance is easily accessible via public transport.
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Guggenheim Museum: The Guggenheim Museum, often referred to as The Guggenheim, is an art museum located at 1071 Fifth Avenue between 88th and 89th Streets on the Upper East Side of Manhattan.

Metropolitan Museum of Art: One of the world’s largest and finest art museums, located nearby on 5th Avenue.

Central Park: Central Park is an urban park located between the Upper West Side and Upper East Side neighborhoods of Manhattan.

What to see at the Museum of Modern Art?

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Visitor tips

  • Do not touch the artworks in the museum. 
  • Use the main entrance of the MoMA Building on 53rd Street, to enter. All other entrances are for staff only.
  • Arrive within the 30-minute window of your timed ticket. 
  • The checkroom is closed. Scooters, skateboards, rolling bags, and all items over 28 × 43 × 13 cm are not permitted in the Museum. 
  • Backpacks have to be carried on the front of your chest or on to the side.
  • You can only use pencils to sketch or write in the galleries. Please use sketchbooks no larger than 8 ½ by 11 inches.
  • Photography is permitted for personal use only. Video is not permitted. Flash, tripods, and camera extension poles are not allowed.



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Frequently asked questions about visiting MoMA NYC

What are the MoMA opening hours?

MoMA is open Sunday to Friday, from 10.30 AM to 5.30 PM. 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?

The Museum of Modern Art is closed for Thanksgiving and Christmas. 

How long do I need to spend at MoMA?

Plan to spend anywhere between 3-4 hours at the MoMA if you plan to visit all the galleries.

Where is MoMA located?

The Museum of Modern Art is located on 11 W 53rd St, New York, NY 10019, United States.

How do I get to MoMA ?

You can either take the bus or the subway to MoMA. Given the amount of traffic in the city, the subway might be the most convenient way to get to the museum.

Is there a café or restaurant at MoMA ?

Yes, there are four restaurants/cafes to choose from at the Museum of Modern Art.

Does MoMA have a shop?

Yes, MoMA has a design store, just adjacent to the museum. You will find a wide range of items, from home decor and office items to holiday cards and calendars.

Are dogs allowed inside MoMA ?

No, the Museum of Modern Art does not allow dogs or other animals in the Museum, unless they are an service or support animal.

Is the Museum of Modern Art fully accessible?

Yes, all galleries, facilities and entrances are wheelchair accessible. They also offer wheelchairs to visitors on a first-come-first-serve basis. They offer braille and large print guides, and audio guides for those who are visually impaired. Theaters, lobby desks, ticketing desks, audioguide desks, classrooms, and the Paula and James Crown Creativity Lab are equipped with induction loops.

Should visitors wear a mask when visiting MoMA ?

All visitors above the age of 2 are required to wear masks while visiting MoMA.

Are there toilets at MoMA ?

You will find restrooms on all floors except the Theater 2 level and the entry level of the Cullman Education and Research Building. They also have Single-user/family restrooms located adjacent to the Member Checkroom, Theater 1 level, Floor 5, Floor 3, Floor 6, and the Mezzanine level of the Cullman Education and Research Building.