Museum of Modern Art
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MoMA Visitor Tips and Advice

Definitely one of New York's most impressive museums, MoMA is itself architecturally as striking as the artworks housed within. For some help with how to make the most of your time, here are some tips and advice.

When to go

When to go

MoMA is open daily from 10:30AM to 5:30PM (except on Christmas and Thanksgiving) and open until 8:00PM for UNIQLO Free Fridays, which tend to be busy.

Maps and tours

Maps and tours

With 6 floors of exhibits, it's worth looking at a museum map online before you visit. There are also tours and free talks daily between 11:30AM and 1:30PM.

Work your way down

Work your way down

The painting and sculpture galleries are on the 4th and 5th floors and can be a great point to start exploring if you can't make up your mind where to begin.

Audio tours

Audio tours

Included in the price of admission, these interesting audio tours can give you far greater insight into the exhibits. Just remember, you need to leave ID to take a tour!

Food and drink

Food and drink

MoMA also houses multiple bars and restaurants. Why not take a break from the galleries and enjoy some of the wonderful cuisine on offer?

Our insider tips

Avoiding the queues

MoMA displays iconic works by artists like Henri Matisse, and is such an important architectural structure itself, so it's very popular for tourists and you may have to queue to enter the galleries. But don't worry; even on UNIQLO Free Fridays (from 4:00PM to 8:00PM) the line tends to move quickly. If you're worried, you can purchase a ticket in advance to save time.

Check your bags

The price of checking your coat and bags is included in the admission price, and is definitely recommended before you set off around the museum. But be aware that even in warm weather, sometimes the galleries can be a little cold, so bring a sweater!

MoMA Shop

Gift shops may not be high on your list of priorities (or budget) but the MoMA shop really is exceptional and worth taking a look at on your way out of the museum.

Good to know

  • When should I visit?
    MoMA is open daily from 10:30AM to 5:30PM, and on UNIQLO Fridays, until 8:00PM.
  • Is it expensive?
    Adult MoMA entrance tickets are $25.
  • Will I need a guide?
    The entrance price includes an excellent audio tour, which covers most of the special exhibitions.
  • How to get there
    Take the E or M train to 53rd Street and Fifth Avenue, or the B, D, or F train to 47-50 Street Rockefeller Center.
  • Additional information
    Not all exhibits are open year round, so plan your visit ahead of time! |
    The ticket line is longest first thing in the morning, so consider arriving after 11:30AM to avoid the crowds. |
    Still photography for personal use is permitted, but flash, tripods and extension poles are not allowed.

What people are saying about Museum of Modern Art

Overall rating
4.4 / 5
based on 2,715 reviews

The best tour I have had in NYC. Jonah knew all the best places to see and the easiest route to get there. I definitely got my step count up for this tour. But most of all the variety of food and information in regards to culture was amazing. And best of all I was even more lucky to be in a group of just 3 people. And most of all he did the most amazing job of making me look good in pictures. I would definitely recommend this tour.

We had a similar pass for San Francisco last summer. It's so nice to have options and to be able to skip lines. The hint to go to the Rose Center entrance of the American Museum of Natural History was outstanding! Long lines due to the holidays and a Kwanza celebration but walked right in the side entrance.

Fantastic value for money pass that allows you visit more attractions than you could ever possibly fit in! 100% recommend to anyone visiting New York, especially if it’s your first time.

Wonderful museum. Reminds me of the Louvre. We only made it through the first floor of the museum. We will definitely be going back again the next time we are in New York.

Amazing value! Easy to use! The best for me was buying it several months ahead of my trip and getting here to have our excursions already paid for.