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MoMA, New York City
Fast Facts




11 West 53 Street
New York, NY 10019-5497
+1 212 708 9400


Photo by Alfredo De Simone

The Museum of Modern Art, commonly called MoMA, is a must see in New York City. Founded in 1929 by three grande dames, Lillie P. Bliss, Mary Quinn Sullivan, and Abby Aldrich Rockefeller, this gallery of modern and contemporary art is home to some 200,000 paintings, sculptures, drawings, prints, photographs, films, books, architectural models and design objects and boasts works by Van Gogh, Monet, Picasso, Pollock and Warhol. Why take children? The art is bright, bold and beautiful. The museum is airy and spacious. MoMA boasts an awesome family program and interactive space where children can explore and create. How to keep it fun? Kids like cool pictures but have little interest in art history. Discuss colors and shapes rather than art movements and eras of art. Pack a notepad and colored pencils and have children sketch their own masterpieces. Take advantage of the museum's family resources and programs including gallery guides, workshops, talks and tours, and teen nights. Focus on works kids find inspiring. Bail out when they get bored.
Getting There
The Museum of Modern Art is located at 11 West 53 Street, between 5th and 6th avenues, in midtown Manhattan. The museum is easily reached by public transport. The B, D, F and M subway lines stop at 47-50 Sts/Rockefeller Center. The E and M trains stop at 5 Ave/53 St. City buses M1, M2, M3, M4, M5 and M50 all stop within walking distance. There are several pay car parks nearby and some offer discounted rates for MoMA visitors.
Hours & Times
The museum is open 10:30 - 17:30 everyday but Tuesday and Friday. Friday 10:30 - 20:00. MoMA is open to 20:45 on the first Thursday of each month and every Thursday in July and August. Closed on Tuesday, Thanksgiving and December 25. Age specific family programs - gallery talks, workshops, films, classes and teen nights - are regularly scheduled. Check the website for Interactive Space times.
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Admission & Fees
Admission charged. Kids aged 16 and under are free of charge. Admission is free to all visitors 16:00 - 20:00 on Friday. Family programs are free of charge. Tickets can be purchased online and onsite. A separate fee is charged for films; film tickets are available onsite only and can only be purchases on the day of viewing. MoMA is included in the CityPass, New York Pass and New York Explorer Pass programs.
Things to Keep in Mind
Each family program is geared to a specific age group. Pre-registration is required for the following family programs: artist talks, workshops, tween gallery talks and teen classes. Programs fill up quickly. Family films are first-come, first-serve. Teen events are open to New York City residents only. Family gallery guides are available online and onsite.
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