Located in the heart of Manhattan, next to Central Park, is the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York, which boasts some of the most important works in history.
Although it is open every day and has extensive visiting hours, keep in mind that there may be exceptions, so take note of the opening hours of the museum, its cafes and stores to organize your visit. Ah! And remember to book your tickets to MoMA to avoid long lines and waste unnecessary time at the box office.
MoMa opening hours
MoMa, located in Midtown Manhattan, is open every day of the week on the following schedule:
- Sunday through Friday, 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.,
- Saturdays (extended hours), 10:30 am to 7:00 pm. A
- Exceptions: Monday mornings from 10:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., open only to members.
Opening Hours of PS1, MoMa Cultural Space (in Queens)
PS1 is open from Thursday to Saturday, from 12:00 to 20:00, and Sunday and Monday, from 12:00 to 18:00. This space is closed on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.
Please note that MoMA has two locations, the main one, in Midtown Manhattan (11 West 53 Street), and PS1 or cultural space, located in Queens (22-25 Jackson Avenue), which focuses especially on contemporary art.
When is MoMa closed?
There are some days of the year when MoMA closes, namely Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day and, in the case of MoMA PS1, also on New Year's Day.
MoMa restaurants opening hours
The MoMa has different gastronomic and leisure spaces where you can relax before, after or during your visit at the following times:
- The Modern: Lunch, Tuesday to Saturday, 11:30 am to 2:30 pm, and dinner, Tuesday to Saturday, 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm.
- Café 2: Tuesday to Saturday, 11:00 am to 3:00 pm.
- Terrace Café: Monday to Thursday, 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., and Friday to Sunday, 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
- Garden Bar (in the Sculpture Garden): Wednesday to Saturday, 12:00 to 16:30.
- MoMA PS1 (Chef Mina Stone): Thursday to Sunday.
By the way, if none of these places convince you when it comes to lunch or dinner, I have compiled a list of the best places to eat near MoMA that will surely help you to organize the rest of your day around the museum.
Opening hours of the MoMa stores in New York City
MoMa's design stores are the perfect place where you can pick out the best souvenir of your visit to the Museum to take home. When can you find them open? Read on:
MoMA Design Store, Midtown (44 West 53rd Street, New York)
- Opening hours: from Monday to Sunday, from 10:30 am to 6:00 pm, and Saturday, from 10:30 am to 7:00 pm.
This store is a great place to buy original gifts. It is also located across the street from the museum, between 5th and 6th Avenue, so you can visit the store independently of visiting the museum.
MoMA Design Store, Soho (81 Spring Street, New York).
- Opening hours: Monday to Sunday, 11:00 am to 7:00 pm.
Located between Crosby and Broadway, it is another key point to take with you the best MoMa souvenirs, some merchandising or prints of his outstanding works.
The Museum Store (11 West 53rd Street, New York)
- Opening hours: Sunday to Monday, 10:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., and Saturday, 10:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
This store is located between the 5th and 6th floor of the MoMa itself, so it is the perfect place to end your visit to the museum.
What is the best time to visit MoMA?
Any time is a good time to visit MoMA, but due to the large number of works, it is advisable to go early in the morning to have as much time as possible to enjoy the collection at leisure.
How long does it take to visit MoMa?
The visit is estimated to take at least three hours. Even so, if you are short of time and want to visit the most famous paintings, it is advisable to check the map before starting the visit. The best works to see at the MoMa, or at least the ones you should not miss, are mostly on the 4th and 5th floors.
The traveler's tip
Our recommendation is to visit the MoMa early in the morning to have as much time as possible to enjoy the collection at your leisure.
Once you have finished your visit, if you are not sure where to continue your itinerary in New York, do not hesitate to visit our New York Guide to this spectacular city.