You’ve no doubt heard of the world-class museums of New York City. It’s hard not to as they are teeming with the best artistic works ever created. An array of pieces are on display, from neoclassical masterpieces to avant-garde creations. To view the best in modern and contemporary art, a trip to The Museum of Modern Art is in order. The museum’s collections is one of pop art, architecture, media and more, including Vincent Van Gogh’s stroke of genius – “The Starry Night.” Be sure to make the most of your day with these MoMA tips.

Plan Your Visit with these MoMA Tips

If you’re planning a visit to MoMA, as it’s affectionately known, the best thing is to have just that – a plan. There is a lot to consider, which is why these MoMA tips are essential to making the most of your time at this world-class museum.

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How much time do you have?

Have only a short amount of time? Visit Floor Five first. Here, you’ll gaze upon “The Starry Night.” It’s a surreal feeling to view this painting up-close and in person. After all, I’ve seen countless reprints on everything from posters to blankets, and learned all about it through art history class. You can take your picture with painting, and luckily the crowds are usually genial.

Then, feast your eyes on Claude Monet’s “Water Lillies” and Pablo Picasso’s “Girl Before a Mirror.” Frida Kahlo, Henry Matisse and Piet Mondrian are other notable artists to see on the Fifth Floor. My next MoMA tip? Make the Fourth Floor your second stop should be the Fourth Floor. The drip canvases of Jackson Pollock’s “One: Number 31, 1950” and “Number 1A, 1948” are worthy of your time, as are the Andy Warhol pop art pieces “Gold Marilyn Monroe” and “Campbell’s Soup Cans.”

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Jasper Johns “Flag”

Which mediums are your personal favorites?

MoMA has exhibits designated to a variety of art works. Look at how they’re divided, then pick which works are on your can’t miss list.

Floor 2: Contemporary Galleries (1980-Now), Prints and Illustrated Books, Media
Floor 3: Architecture and Design, Drawings, Photography
Floor 4: Painting and Sculpture II
Floor 5: Painting and Sculpture I
Floor 6: Exhibitions

Are kids part of your group?

If kids are part of your plan, this MoMA tip is for you.

Start your visit by picking up a Listen to MoMA Audio: Kids Guide for ages 5-12. They’re available on the first floor. Then, go to the Education and Family Information desk on the second floor. There you can pick up free art cards and learn about family programs. Concentrate on specific kid-friendly art works like Arthur Young’s “Bell-47D1 Helicopter” Ferrari’s Formula 1 Racing Car.

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Jackson Pollock’ “One: Number 31, 1950”

Which pieces are must-sees?

One of the best MoMA tips is simply knowing where the must-see art pieces are on display. Use this quick guide to easily access the best of MoMA.

Andy Warhol “Rorschach” (Floor 2)
Jackson Pollock “One: Number 31” (Floor 4)
Andy Warhol “Gold Marilyn Monroe” (Floor 4)
Vincent Van Gogh “The Starry Night” (Floor 5)
Henri Rousseau “Sleeping Gypsy” (Floor 5)
Pablo Picasso “Les Demoiselles d’Avignon” (Floor 5)
Claude Monet “Water Lillies” (Floor 5)
Salvador Dali “The Persistence of Memory” (Floor 5)
Henri Matisse “Dance” (Floor 5)
Andrew Wyeth “Christina’s World” (Floor 5)
Paul Cezanne “Still Life with Apples” (Floor 5)

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Andrew Wyeth “Christina’s World”

Helpful Tips & Tricks for Visiting MoMA

Use your time wisely and book your MoMA tickets in advance. For example, when you pre-purchase your tickets you can skip the ticket line. This will give you a head start on your tour of this renowned collection. The Museum of Modern Art is open daily (except for Christmas and Thanksgiving) from 10:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. On Fridays, MoMA is open until 8pm, with free admission offered from 4pm-8pm. Taking advantage of this free time saves money, but there are also much larger crowds. Keep that in mind when planning your day at this modern art marvel.


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Entrance to MoMA

The Museum of Modern Art is an impressive New York City museum, housing a fine collection of the best modern art in the world. There is so much to see at MoMA, as it’s affectionately known, that it’s helpful to have a plan for your visit. Make the most of your trip by following my Museum of Modern Art Visitor tips.

1) Timing is Everything
First things first, know when to go.   Many New York City museums are closed on Mondays, but MoMA is open daily from 10:30am-5:30pm. However, on Fridays MoMA is open until 8pm as they host Free Fridays. This is a great time to visit to save money, but keep in mind the museum is much more crowded during this time. Arrive right at 4pm to miss the heaviest crowds.

2) Check It at the Door
Why carry around a burdensome coat when you can check it at the door for free? You can also check your bag and any shopping items you may have compiled while browsing the shops in New York City.

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The Starry Night, Van Gogh

3) Take the Audio Tour
The audio tours are included with the price of admission, so they’re absolutely free to visitors. Opt to take the audio tour to gain a wealth of additional insight into the art pieces and exhibits on display. There’s also a series of audio segments geared towards kids that make museum-going more interactive and entertaining.

4) Grab a Map
It seems simple enough, but you’ll want to grab a museum map to navigate MoMA efficiently. If you’re a planner like me, download and print one ahead of time and map out your route. Bonus: There are free gallery talks at MoMA offered daily at 11:30am and 1:30pm. Topics change frequently, so you can always have a new experience. Space is limited, so be sure to arrive 15 minutes early to join the group. Groups meet in the galleries noted on the museum schedule.

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Girl with a Mandolin, Picasso

5) Go Straight Up
When it comes to touring MoMA, keep the Paula Abdul “Straight Up” in mind. Why? Because you’ll remember my recommendation to head “straight up” to the top floor and work your way down through the collections. The most popular galleries—Painting and Sculpture—are located on the fifth floor. Gaze at Van Gogh’s “The Starry Night” before taking in famed pieces from Picasso, Monet, Cezanne, Pollock, Warhol and more.

Bonus: Save time to peruse the Museum of Modern Art gift shop. It’s a haven for art-lovers as it features an array of art-related products, from handbags to posters to books. The MoMA Design Store, located across the street, is also worth a look.

Put these Museum of Modern Art visitor tips to the test on your next New York City vacation.


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The old phrase “a picture is worth a thousands words” is certainly true for describing The Museum of Modern Art.  With that in mind, a visual tour is in order.  It would be impossible to show all of the famous artworks found at MoMA, but these are a few of my favorites:


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Etched of marble and stone and filled with thousands of titles, the New York Public Library is impressive inside and out.  The architecture of the building, from the statuesque columns at the entrance to the stately lions standing guard, I can’t help but gape at the Library each time I see it.  Inside, dare I say, is even more impressive.  Candlabras, marble staircases, ornate lanterns and vibrant lanterns invoke a classical vibe, while the vibrant murals make a splash on your senses.  Don’t even get me started about the reading rooms, which are cozy, comforting and ideal for an afternoon date with a book.

Get an inside look at the New York City Public Library:


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For a literary lover like me, the New York Public Library is paradise. Housing thousands upon thousands of tomes shelved in splendid style, the appeal of the Library looms large. From the outside, the massive marble structure imposes with stately columns and sculpted lions. Inside, a haven from the hustle and bustle of the city is found. Grand staircases, illuminated archways and hand painted murals surround the collections and rooms of the library. Spartan yet regal in its impressiveness, the New York City Library is more than a library – it’s a cultural treasure.

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The First Chapter

The New York Public Library first opened its doors in 1911. It was made possible by a collaboration of the Astor and Lenox Libraries, along with the $2.4 million trust from Samuel J. Tilden. Tilden’s dream was to provide a free library and reading room for the masses. When it opened it was the largest marble structure in America. More than 50,000 people visited that first day.

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Astor Hall

Visiting the Library

It’s free to visit the New York Public Library. Even free one hour tours are scheduled Tuesday through Saturday between 11am and 2pm, and 2pm Sunday. It’s an interesting tour highlighting the history and architecture of the library. You can also take a free tour of the Library’s current exhibitions 12:30pm and 2:30pm Tuesday through Saturday and 3:30pm Sunday. To enter the library, you’ll have to go through basic security, then you can explore on your own. Just do so quietly! It is a library after all.

Table of Contents

What are the must-see sections of the New York Library? Be sure to see these four highlights.

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Rose Reading Room

Rose Reading Room

My favorite area of the Library! If the Rose Reading Room looks straight out of a movie, that’s because it is. The library has been featured in numerous movies, and it seems any classic library scene has been set here. The long oak tables, adorned with bronze lamps with green shades, are ideal for reading. Just be sure to concentrate on the work before you, which can be hard to do in the grandeur of the Rose Reading Room. The majestic space, measuring almost two city blocks, has 52-foot tall ceilings that rise towards a vibrant mural of striking skies and ethereal clouds.

Astor Hall

Astor Hall is at the main entrance of the Library. The vaulted stone ceilings combine with white marble and elegant lighted candelabras and chandeliers set the tone for the architectural marvel that is the New York Library.

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Gutenberg Bible

Gutenberg Bible

Any aficionado of the written word considers the Gutenberg Bible an iconic symbol of the written word. It was the first substantial printed book in the West, most like complete in 1455. The Lenox copy on display at the NYC Library is one of 48 copies to survive worldwide, and is the first Gutenberg Bible to arrive in the United States. Observing the pages and printed words of this remarkable work is awe-inspiring to say the least.

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Arched bays, walnut pillars and vivid murals displaying the history of the written word create a striking scene. Look up, and you’ll see a spectacular mural of the Greek myth of Prometheus, framed by a gilded, ornate ceiling. This is also where you’ll find the Gutenberg Bible.

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McGraw Rotunda

Index of Information

New York Public Library address: 42nd Street and Fifth Avenue

New York Public Library Subways: Take the 7, B/D/F/V to 42nd Street/Bryant Park

New York Public Library Hours: Monday & Thursday – Saturday: 10am-6pm; Tuesday & Wednesday: 10am-8pm; Sundays 1-5pm (closed Sundays in the summer)


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