About The Museum of Modern Art

There is no better place for contemporary art lovers to spend a quiet few hours in artistic contemplation than MoMa. The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), located in midtown Manhattan, was one of the first institutions to have focused solely on art from the modern and contemporary eras. Highlights of the collection include the Water Lilies by Claude Monet, The Starry Night by Vincent van Gogh, and Les Demoiselles d'Avignon by Pablo Picasso, as well as more contemporary pieces by Andy Warhol, Elizabeth Murray, Cindy Sherman, and many more.

A thorough overview of contemporary and modern art may be found in MoMA's enormous and varied collection, which spans from the avant-garde European paintings and sculptures of the 1880s to the period of film, design, and performance art. Alfred H. Barr served as the founding director of the collection of late 19th-century art, which predominantly consisted of European and American works.

The collection initially consisted of eight gifted prints and a drawing. MoMA now has a vast collection of more than 150,000 paintings, sculptures, drawings, prints, photographs, architectural models and drawings, and design objects. The museum also has approximately 22,000 films and four million film stills. It also has a multitude of more than 300,000 books, artist books, and periodicals; and extensive individual files on more than 70,000 artists in its library and archives. The myriad and diverse collection of art at MoMA New York poses a challenging summit ahead for an art enthusiast keen on exploring the museum in a single visit.

Highlights of Museum of Modern Art

Migration Series by Jacob Lawrence
Migration Series by Jacob Lawrence

Lawrence established a successful career as an artist, telling the tale of Black lives in America through his paintings. The Migration Series depicts the migration of African Americans from the rural South to the industrially developed northern states in search of employment. The art series displays the despair and hardships of African American lives before the onset of the Civil Rights Movement. It also alternates in its narrative with art pieces portraying hope and aspirations.

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Les Demoiselles D'Avignon by Pablo Picasso
Les Demoiselles D'Avignon by Pablo Picasso

A significant departure from conventional painting perspective and composition, Les Demoiselles D'Avignon is a well known example of cubism painting. It shows five naked women composed of flat, fragmented planes, whose faces were influenced by African masks and Iberian sculpture. The street in Barcelona known for its brothels is referenced by the word "Avignon" in the title of the piece.

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Campbell's Soup Cans by Andy Warhol
Campbell's Soup Cans by Andy Warhol

This piece uses a combination of projection, tracing, painting, and stamping to create thirty-two canvases—a piece that was painted by hand and hand-stamped, flawlessly capturing repetition and homogeneity.

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The Persistence of Memory by Salvador Dali
The Persistence of Memory by Salvador Dali

This painting is amongst the most recognizably surrealist works. Dali painted this image a year after he developed his "paranoiac-critical approach," which involved developing psychotic hallucinations. This painting, dubbed by the artist as "hand-painted dream photographs," is well-known and widely regarded as one of the best works of surrealism, with an abstract flow.

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Gone by Kara Walker
Gone by Kara Walker

The title of the composition, "Gone," alludes to Margaret Mitchell's 1936 Civil War-era book Gone with the Wind. Walker's art depicts a story. It starts and ends with couples, but the flow of tragicomic, stormy imagery undermines the romance's promise and challenges accepted notions of tyranny and power.

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Water Lilies by Claude Monet
Water Lilies by Claude Monet

From 1914 until his death in 1926, Monet made and regularly revised some forty large-scale paintings, "Water Lilies'' among them. This impressionist painting captures the continually shifting features of natural light and colour and adds a layer of abstraction to it.

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The Starry Night by Vincent Van Gogh
The Starry Night by Vincent Van Gogh

This masterwork embodies the inner, subjective expressionism that is so characteristic of Van Gogh's style and is rooted in imagination and memory. His panoramic view at the Saint-Paul-de-Mausole asylum in Saint-Rémy, southern France, served as inspiration for the painting. Night and nature were offered an emotional language by Van Gogh that was far different from how they actually appeared.

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Other MoMa Departments to Explore

MoMA currently houses around 200,000 pieces of modern and contemporary art in its collection. There are already more than 98,000 works available online. An ever-expanding variety of visual expressions are featured in the collection. Let’s read about the categories to find out more.

Architecture and Design
Architecture and Design

If you are fascinated with building structures and silhouettes, then definitely pay a visit to Level 4. The museum features an extensive collection of architecture and design, artwork, prominent individuals, and movements from the middle of the 19th century to the present. The collection starts with the reformist ideology developed by the Arts and Crafts movement and moves on to key movements of the 20th century as well as contemporary issues. The Architecture collection, which documents buildings through models, drawings, and pictures, includes the Mies van der Rohe Archive. The design range consists of dinnerware, furniture, sports cars, helicopters, fabrics, and appliances. The Graphic Design Collection features noteworthy examples of typography, posters, and other text-and-image mashups.


The Film Department Library was established in 1935, and is currently home to the most extensive international film library in the United States, with a collection of more than 30,000 films and 1.5 million still images. Original negatives from the Biograph and Edison firms as well as the greatest collection of D. W. Griffith movies are among the holdings. The film collection is kept in the Museum's Celeste Bartos Film Preservation Centre, a cutting-edge structure that opened in June 1996.

Drawings and Prints
Drawings and Prints

Drawings and Prints are one of the first pieces to be added to the collection. These two media have been divided into distinct departments or combined at various times during MoMA's history. These consist of historical pencil, ink, and charcoal drawings as well as watercolours, gouaches, collages, and mixed-media pieces. We have more than 60,000 prints, illustrated books, and multiples in our collection, making up the largest collection of modern and contemporary prints and illustrated books in existence. While more contemporary digital processes, multiples, and artists' books round out the collection, traditional methods including woodcut, etching, lithography, and screenprinting make up its heart. One must take time to just stand, and patiently absorb all the beauty and the serene atmosphere.

Media and Performance
Media and Performance

Time-based art is gathered, displayed, and preserved by the Media and Performance Department. They concentrate mostly on moving pictures, film installations, video, performances, motion- and sound-based works, and other works that depict time and are made for and displayed in a gallery setting. The department's objective encompasses the needs of media-specific preservation, such as securing equipment, upgrading exhibition-mode technology, and finding ways to recreate duration-based presentations. The Museum created the Department of Media in September 2006 and started collecting and exhibiting time-based art (which includes video, film, slides, audio, or computer technologies because they have duration as a dimension and unfold to the viewer over time). in the 1960s.

Painting and Sculpture
Painting and Sculpture

The Painting and Sculpture department displays 3,600 pieces from the late nineteenth century to the present. It forms the largest and most comprehensive collection of contemporary paintings and sculptures in the world. From masterpieces of today to works by Paul Cézanne and Vincent van Gogh, it offers a complete group of prominent artists and periods since the 1890s.


This is one of the world's most significant pieces of modern and contemporary photography, comprising more than 25,000 pieces in the Museum's collection. The collection features work by artists as well as journalists, scientists, industrialists, and amateurs, making it as diverse as photography itself. Modern photography was first collected at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in 1930, and the Photography department was founded in 1940.

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  1. Timings:
  • Sunday to Friday: 10:30 A.M. to 5:30 P.M.
  • Saturdays: 10:30 A.M. to 7:00 P.M.
  1. Best Time to Visit:
  • 10:30 AM to 1:00 PM
  1. Accessibility:
  • Book your tickets in advance online for hassle-free travel.
  • Visitors with impairments pay $18 less for entrance. A caregiver who is accompanying a visitor with a disability is admitted free of charge.

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  • Grab an opportunity to visit the renowned and enormous Museum of Modern Art in New York spread over 708,000 square feet area

  • Get amazed by famous paintings like The Starry Night, Reflections of Clouds on the Water-Lily Pond, and Soup Cans while roaming around the museum

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  • ID proof is mandatory for each individual guest at the time of arrival.
  • All foreign nationals must share their passport and visa details at the time of arrival.
  • There is no room to store luggage and/or large bags on this tour. Please leave them at your accommodations or vehicles.
  • Re-entry is not allowed after you leave the venue.
  • Restrooms and baby changing stations are located on every floor.
  • Museum of Modern Art is wheelchair accessible.
  • All-gender restrooms are located on floors 1, 3W, 5, and T1.
  • Guests can bring baby strollers, however strollers are not allowed on the escalators.
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    MoMA has become so famous because it is redefining the concept of a museum in modern Western culture. The Museum of Modern Art in New York City is well-known among art lovers for all the avant-garde painting, sculpture, film, and multi-media art on display here.

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