The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) is generally considered to have the best collection of modern art (from the late 19th through the 20th century) in the world. The brainchild of Abby Aldrich Rockefeller, John D. Rockefeller’s wife, the museum opened in 1929 in a small rented building. It quickly outgrew that space and the current location opened in 1939. Today the museum receives more than 2,000,000 visitors per year.
There are more than 150,000 paintings, sculptures, and other works of art in the MoMA collection. Here you can find many of the world’s most famous works of modern art, including Van Gogh’s Starry Night and Salvador Dali’s Persistence of Memory (the one with the melting clocks). The museum also features an extensive library, with 300,000 books and 22,000 films on hand. In the newly expanded Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Sculpture Garden, guests can take a rest and enjoy several fine pieces of modern sculpture.
The museum recently underwent a major redesign courtesy of Japanese architect Yoshio Taniguchi. The project nearly doubled the available exhibition space, and created a new building for research and education. MoMA is one of the most expensive museums in New York City, but it is well worth the cost of admission.
Address: 11 West 53rd Street
Telephone: (212) 708 9400
Subway: Fifth Avenue/53rd Street
Hours: Open daily 10:30-17:30 (20:00 on Fridays)
$20.00 Adults (17+)
$16.00 Seniors (65+)
Children 16 & under are Free
Free entry Friday after 4pm