HistoryThe Museum of Modern Art was established in the late 1920's by some of New York City's most elite ladies, including the wife of tycoon John D. Rockefeller, Abby Aldrich. From an initial gift of eight prints and one drawing during the founding in 1929. It opened about two weeks after the Stock Market Crash of 1929. A decade later, MoMA was relocated to a new home that was built in the International Style, which was one of the most innovative architectural concepts of the time. President Franklin D. Roosevelt even sent a live message via radio during the reopening of the museum in a new building. Throughout the decades, MoMA has established solid connections with other world-class art institutions that focus on similar niches. For example, the Art Institute of Chicago has been proudly involved in a relationship with MoMA that goes back to the 1930's. MoMA’s collection has grown to include over 150,000 paintings, sculptures, drawings, prints, photographs, architectural models and drawings, and design objects. MoMA also owns approximately 22,000 films and four million film stills.
CollectionThe collection includes masterpieces like Vincent van Gogh’s The Starry Night and Andy Warhol’s Gold Marilyn Monroe, along with works by Pablo Picasso, Frida Kahlo, Jacob Lawrence, and many other great artists of our time. And MoMA’s extraordinary special exhibitions continue the conversation between the past and the present. Overall, MoMA has a growing collection of more than 1 million items, including printed media and literature. Vintage books, magazines and catalogues make up the extensive library that's dedicated to preserving mainstream culture of the 20th century. Click to book your Museum of Modern Art with Skip-the-Line Access admission ticket.
Dining and ShoppingA variety of dining options by Danny Meyer’s Union Square Hospitality Group are available, including The Modern, a contemporary American fine-dining restaurant that holds two Michelin stars and three stars from The New York Times. Cafe 2 provides an array of delicious, fresh, and seasonal Italian foods; and Terrace 5 is a full service café that overlooks the Sculpture Garden. Additionally, the MoMA Design Store is located in a separate building that's right across the museum's front entrance. This unique shop includes an array of jewellery, glassware, household fixtures and other decorative items. The store exemplifies good design with a well-edited selection of products highlighting the latest in materials, production, and design concepts from around the world. Visitors will discover innovative, fun, and functional gifts, personal accessories, and home items intended to improve everyday living. All of the products at the MoMA Stores are reviewed and approved by MoMA’s curators, some are represented in the Museum’s design collection, and many are MoMA exclusives.
Visiting Museum of Modern ArtSituated between the Avenue of the Americas and Fifth Avenue, the Museum of Modern Art boasts a prime presence in the heart of Midtown Manhattan. Modern skyscrapers dominate the district, so you may not notice MoMA's facade until approaching it within a few hundred feet. Served by the F Line of the New York City subway network, the 57 Street station is a short walk away from the museum. Additional subway service is available at 7 Avenue station and 5 Avenue/53 Street station. There are also plenty of Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) buses that navigate the busy streets in the museum's surroundings. The wide 6th Avenue and 5th Avenue also make it easy for taxis and cars to make quick stops for picking up or dropping off passengers.
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