World's Best Modern Art Collection

Member Rating 5 out of 5 by airynfaerie on October 29, 2009

One of my most favorite museums in the world is the Museum of Modern Art (MOMA) in New York City. I'm not alone in thinking this as it's been long hailed by art critics around the globe as one of the best collections of influential modern art in existence. Not only is the art collection world-class, but the special exhibitions and building itself are totally worth a visit.

Located in the heart of midtown on 53rd Street between 5th and 6th Avenues, this museum went through a major renovation between 2002-2004 and was closed to the public during this time. Now reopened and better than ever, the MOMA now offers visitors over twice the original space and is housed in 630,000 square feet on six floors. Natural lighting through various open atriums, courtyards and exhibition rooms are displayed through many glass openings, allowing the space to appear as a piece of modern art itself.

When you enter, famous art pieces from the world over reside in expansive wall space giving the viewer adequate and intimate viewing capabilities. Spend some time in the lovely sculpture garden before heading up the stairs to the floors above. For modern art-lovers this collection is one surpise after another. I was so thrilled to see van Gogh, Picasso, Dali', Warhol, Newman, Pollack, and Bacon all displayed before me. The names of works are unending, and some of the stars of modern thinking are housed here. From Pollack's "Number 31" to Warhol's "Cambell's Soup Cans" and "Starry Night" by van Gogh to "Monument to Balzac" by Rodin...paintings and sculptures are abundant.

Don't forget the photography, design, and film collections, as well as various special exhibitions every month. You can spend hours in here learning about and looking through the masterpieces. The best time to go to be almost alone in the space, and definitely feel more free to view the pieces uncrowded is in the mornings of the weekdays. But for those on a budget, definitely check out the Free Friday Nights sponsored by Target, where from 4-8pm the $20 admission fee is waived and the doors are open! Even if there's a line (sometimes stretching around the block), don't worry, as it moves quite fast. When you've seen as much as you can take in, visit the gift shop for some poster prints or sip a coffee at one of the few cafes and restaurants onsite.

• 11 West 53 Street
• Metro stop: 53rd Street and Fifth Avenue on E or V train
• Open 10:30am – 5:30pm (Wed, Thurs, Sat - Mon), 10:30am - 8pm (Fri)
• General Admission $20 (discounts for kids, students, seniors)
• Free Friday Nights 4pm - 8pm
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
11 West 53rd Street
New York, New York, 10019
(212) 708-9400

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