Visit the exhibits and Sculpture Garden.
Nice place to go after visiting all the Designer Stores in the neighborhood around Rockafella Center & get relax.
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Otherwise known as the MoMA, this museum was very conveniently located across the street from our hotel. Founded in 1929, it recently reopened after a massive $650 million renovation, and is extremely popular -- get here as early as you can in the day, perferably at 10:30 am when they open. There is also a highly acclaimed restaurant in the museum, The Modern, and I suggest that if you do want to eat there, book several weeks ahead on www.opentable.com.
Entry costs a pricy $20.00; your best deal is to buy a City Pass; the attendant slyly told me that they do not stamp it on your initial entry, so you can come and go as many times as your City Pass Booklet is valid, which is for 10 days. My regret was I did not have time to revisit it, as it does take a large amount of time to truly take in the whole museum. If you have time for only a brief visit, make sure to pick up their museum collection book in their shop. A reasonable $19.00, it does give you a great overview of their collection. The MoMA Shop is also a great place to pick up something different for friends and family back home.
The museum is also free from 5:00 to 8:00 pm on Friday nights, but be prepared for massive crowds.
MOMA is often identified as the most influential museum of modern art in the world. The museum's collection offers an unparalleled overview of modern and contemporary art, including works of architecture and design, drawings, painting, sculpture, photography, prints, illustrated books and artist's books, film, and electronic media.
MoMA's library and archives hold over 300,000 books, artist books, and periodicals, as well as individual files on more than 70,000 artists. The archives contain primary source material related to the history of modern and contemporary art. It also houses an award-winning fine dining restaurant, The Modern, run by Alsace-born chef Gabriel Kreuther.
The idea for The Museum of Modern Art was developed in 1928 primarily by Abby Aldrich Rockefeller. She rented modest quarters for the new museum and it opened to the public on November 7, 1929, nine days after the Wall Street Crash. Abby had invited A. Conger Goodyear, the former president of the board of trustees of the Albright Art Gallery in Buffalo, New York, to become president of the new museum. Abby became treasurer. At the time, it was America's premier museum devoted exclusively to modern art, and the first of its kind in Manhattan to exhibit European modernism.
When Abby Rockefeller's son Nelson was selected by the board of trustees to become its flamboyant president in 1939, at the age of thirty, he became the prime instigator and funder of its publicity, acquisitions and subsequent expansion into new headquarters on 53rd Street. His brother, David Rockefeller, also joined the museum's board of trustees, in 1948, and took over the presidency when Nelson took up position as Governor of New York in 1958. David subsequently employed the noted architect Philip Johnson to redesign the museum garden and name it in honor of his mother, the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Sculpture Garden.
MoMA's admission of $20.00 is the most expensive in the city; however it has free entry on Fridays after 4pm, thanks to sponsorship from Target Stores.
If it is one museum that you visit in NY choose MOMA, probably the most famous museum of modern art in the world! Don’t miss the sculpture garden but there are six floors and the best start is to go up to the 6th floor, see the views from the windows and start walking around the exhibitions.
The best floors for me were 5th and 4th with an amazing collection of modern art items. I enjoyed the temporary exhibition of DALI (no photos allowed) and other bigger than life paintings like Vincent van Gogh's The Starry Night, Pablo Picasso's Les Demoiselles d'Avignon, Andrew Wyeth’s Christina’s World(my favorite painting ever), Salvador Dali’s The Persistence of Memory, Andy Warhol’s Campbell’s Soup Cans and so many others! Just perfect!
If you’re into design and architecture check the 3rd floor and if you’re not tired yet check prints, illustrated books and films at 2nd floor.
The entrance fee is $20 but free with the CityPass. The lines were too big to get inside but showing the city pass we just got in without waiting at all! There is no entrance free on Fridays (16-20:00) but I can imagine how someone can admire anything there with thousands of people pushing around,
The museum is closed on Tuesdays. The store of the museum has some interesting books, good posters of the popular paintings, and some nice souvenirs for gifts like glasses etc
MOMA is a must see even if you know nothing about art. However the museum is presently undergoing a major renovations . From the looks of it , wait till 2005. MOMA is presently displaying temporary exhibits at their Queen's facility . Until Sept. 27, 2004 there is an exhibit on Tall Buildings which includes the architects models. People seem to be captivated
Sun 9th May
Up early again and met Eddie and Chuck in the lobby of teh Ramada New Yorket for a visit to the Museum Of Modern Art (which was in Queens in a warehouse temporarily) using the City Pass again, (cost $8.00 without the Pass, BUT we got our friends in free with the book of citypass vouchers supplied by Dila THANKS Diana! www.citypass.com). I should have learnt my lesson from the Guggenheim…. Another load of rubbish except some paintings by van Gogh, Goya, Renoir, Cezanne, which were worth seeing… met Lucille and her beautiful daughter Sarah and went round the museum with them, then lunch at a fast food place. She showed us her neighbourhood and the playpark where Sarah meets her friends. Had a good day with everyone! At some point we had dinner with Lucille at Milon
What is The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)?
Founded in 1929 in order to help people understand and enjoy the visual arts of our time, The Museum of Modern Art in New York City was the world's first museum dedicated to the education and enjoyment of modern art. MoMA's rich and varied collection constitutes one of the most comprehensive and panoramic views into modern art in the world, and has grown to include over 135,000 paintings, prints, photographs, drawings, sculptures, films, and design objects.
Saturday 10:30 a.m.–5:30 p.m.
Sunday 10:30 a.m.–5:30 p.m.
Monday 10:30 a.m.–5:30 p.m.
Wednesday 10:30 a.m.–5:30 p.m.
Thursday 10:30 a.m.–5:30 p.m.
Friday 10:30 a.m.–8:00 p.m.
Closed Thanksgiving day and Christmas day
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Museum of Modern Art was just "around the corner" from 30 Rockefeller Center and St. Patricks.
Try to get there around early-mid afternoon on a weekday, it was less crowded. But watch out, it's closed on Tuesday, and except for Friday closes @ 5:30PM.
The parts of the collection that I saw were as good as I had hoped, this is a great museum.
My only complaint was, the books sold in the museum store are imo NOT a good deal.
For ~ $18, the prints are too small. The next step up was approx $85, and still imo the prints were small and not very sharp.
I recommend instead if you want to reminisce browse the online collection (highlights below):
and other images online are larger and have higher resolution than the books they sell in the museum store.
If this makes you feel guilty (beyond the $20 admission/"voluntary donation" you pay to get in), then you can either make a support donation at the website, or better yet, buy someone who's broke & hungry lunch and a ticket.
CityPass gets you in free
So much good art always makes my head hurt.
To recuperate, there was a little oasis across 53rd street, complete with places to sit, fresh air, people to watch, and Sabrett to refuel, relax & unwind.
If eating hot dogs on the street is not your style, there are excellent restaurants inside Moma
by my favorite NY restauranteur, Danny Meyer - The Modern
A great afternoon.
I have to admit I am not the biggest fan of Arts but the MoMA really surprised me - you see pieces of Art that your school teacher used to talk about and on the other hand pieces you would never expect to see in a museum! It is definitely worth the $ 20 you have to pay! If you're lucky (like me and my friend) you don't have to wait that long because it can get very crowded! I also liked the multi-language brochures - even if you speak english quite well, it's always better in your native language! They also have a nice architecture area!
I came here for one reason: to see Van Gogh's "The Starry Night". The nice lady at the information desk said "Oh yes, that's kind of our Mona Lisa - EVERYBODY wants to see that one!" It was well worth the kleenex (I'm a softy about this piece) and $20 museum ticket; what a moment.
But it was time to move on so, nose blown and camera in hand, I wandered off to see what other wonders the galleries might hold. Modern art isn't usually my favorite but MOMA's collection kept me busy for at least half a day. The museum has 150,000 works that include paintings, sculpture, prints, drawings, photographs and film, and date from the late 1800's so there were plenty of the Impressionists that I love so much. Other works were funny, disturbing, angry, confusing, dark, cheerful serene, curious or powerful and the explosion of colors and textures made for few dull moments. This is another great outing for a rainy day.
Many of the same rules apply as at the Met: no videocameras, flash or tripods, sketching only with pencils, etc. See the website for a preview of the collections, hours, ticket fees and other information. Closed Tuesdays.
Avoid to visit it on Friday evening as it is free. Considering the number of visitors ready to pay 20 usd to enter, I cannot imagine how full it can be when it's free. If you like arts starting from 1850, you will love this extraordinary collection. The bulding is also impressive and there are plenty of temporary exibitions.
This museum is a must see if you are in New York City. I think that it has the finest collection of Modernist art in the World. The collection includes such notable paintings as Van Gogh's "Starry Night" and Picasso's "Les Demoiselles d'Avignon". I also particularly liked the sculpture garden which is a great place to have a coffee and reflect upon a Rodin. Since my first visit in 1989, the Museum of Modern Art has been extensively renovated. They seemed to have added considerable special exhibition space. The collection remains to be the highlight. The works you see on display here are amongst the strongest pieces by the artists represented. From Picasso to Bacon, they are all very impressive and deserve close observation. Only a fraction of the museums total collection is on display here so you might be disappointed to find a particular work that you are looking for in storage for the time being. This happened to me with regards to a piece by Paul Klee.
THE MUSEUM OF MODERN ART: Home to world's finest collection, MoMA presents exhibitions of the best in architecture, design, photography, sculpture, painting & drawing.
Conveniently located, one can walk to 5th Avenue shops & restaurants after a visit. Just great, isn't it?
Definatly goto P.S. 1. It's now a part of MOMA and often has some great instalations. You can expect anything from films, to silkscreens, to interactive art exibits. I definatly recomend going. MOMA has moved nearby (just of Queens Blvd.) while their old building is renovated. See the link below listed as "other" for info on a shuttle connecting the art museums.
The Museum of Modern Art or Moma as its affectionately known, is a great art museum featuring works of art in numerous mediums, from the second half of the 19th century to the present. Mediums include painting and sculpture, photography, architecture and design, drawings, books, prints and illustrations. There are also special exhibitions as well.
The museum has several choices for dining a book shop and a museum shop as well as a theater.
There is an admission charge of $25 for adults. Less for children and seniors. Photography is forbidden in special exbibition halls and only allowed in the regular galleries with no flash.