The Museum of Modern Art

New York, United States

The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) is an art museum located on 53rd Street between Fifth and Sixth Avenues. It plays a major role in developing and collecting modern art, and is often identified as one of the largest and most influential museums of modern art in the world. MoMA's collection offers an overview of modern and contemporary art, including works of architecture and design, drawing, painting, sculpture, photography, prints, illustrated books and artist's books, film, and electronic media.

The collection includes iconic masterpieces from near all famous artists of 19th and 20th centuries, like Francis Bacon, Paul Cézanne, Salvador Dalí, René Magritte, Kazimir Malevich, Henri Matisse, Claude Monet, Pablo Picasso, Vincent van Gogh, Andy Warhol etc.

The MoMA Library includes approximately 300,000 books and exhibition catalogs, more than 1,000 periodical titles, and more than 40,000 files of ephemera about individual artists and groups. The archives hold primary source material related to the history of modern and contemporary art.



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Founded: 1929
Category: Museums in United States

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Justin Rogers-Cooper (10 months ago)
An essential Manhattan destination. The recent renovations made it brighter. Supreme people watching. Temporary exhibitions tend to tell good stories. The greatest hits feel worn but provide a measure of comfort upon repeated viewing. One of the few trusted escapes out of midtown. Superb backdrop for catching up with friends. Perhaps too gramable for its own good.
erin w (15 months ago)
This museum is absolutely lovely!! During my visit today, the crowds were really low. I'd recommend visiting this time of year (and when the weather is this cold) because some of the exhibits were completely empty. I'd say this is the most unique art museum I've ever been in. I'm not well versed in appreciating art, but this was much more than the standard image of empty rooms with classical paintings hanging on the walls. I think it offers something interesting for people who aren't traditional art fans
Charlotte Hug (15 months ago)
IF you like modern art, this is the place for you. The service was awesome; there has been security everywhere, and the museum was super clean. If you DO NOT LIKE modern art (like me and my husband) do not go there. It's not worth it. I gave 5 starts because the Museum was nice and clean and the staff was friendly.
K. K. (2 years ago)
Great place to spend some time with family or friends. We met up with some friends we hadn't seen in years and enjoyed roaming through the gallery while catching up. It was a great way to spend a few hours while also seeing the art. Nice place with everything you need (gift store, bathroom, Cafe, and cafeteria) to spend an extended time together while enjoying the art. Highly recommend it.
Steven Scibetta (2 years ago)
It's the MoMA! There's always new and beautiful "modern" art to be found here. I really enjoyed quite a few of the current exhibits. Even if not every one is a home run for me, there's always such a variety that you'll be sure to find a few installations that speak to you personally. I also dined on the terrace for lunch and had a delicious experience. No wait either, which was very nice. Gone are the days of mediocre museum food, and good riddance! The gift shops are full of adorable and beautiful curios. My only complaint, as ever, is people taking pictures of the art. Get out of the way and just Google the picture when you get home so I can appreciate it in real life, please and thank you!
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