Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)

4 West 53rd Street
New York, New York

Midtown West

Saturday-Wednesday 10:30 am – 5:30 pm
Thursday & Friday 10:30 am – 8 pm

Always exciting and decidedly kid-friendly, MoMA has spacious galleries and elevators, engaging interactive exhibits, occasional performance art and awesome kids programs and hands-on creative spaces.

$: $25, $18/seniors, $14/students, free/ages 16 & under

Annual Memberships: $85+. Includes $5 guest passes and free film screenings among its many perks.

Free Hours: Friday from 4 - 8 pm, line is often around the block. Up to two adults get in free with kids participating in the weekend Family Gallery Talks. Always free admission to the sculpture garden and Art Lab.

Favorite Spots: * Van Gogh's Starry Night, Henri Rousseau's The Dream and Matisse's Dance are just a few of the blockbuster masterpieces on the must-see fifth floor.
* Look out for an actual helicopter in the stairwell.
* The free-admission lobby facing West 53rd Street is a great place to chill by a giant Sol LeWitt rainbow mural.

Current Kid-Friendly Exhibits:

The Long Run (through Nov 4)
This diverse collection of the continued experimentation of artists long after their breakthrough moments includes blokbuster painting, sculptures, video art and more by Louise Bourgeois, Gego, Joan Jonas, Ellsworth Kelly, Georgia O’Keeffe, Frank Stella, and many others. Check out the kids audio guide, which we got to be part of making - listen for some familiar voices.

MoMA Art Lab: Nature (through Dec 31)
Visitors of all ages can discover how artists and designers are inspired by the natural world in a new multisensory installation. Beautiful discovery boxes contain creative activities related to seashells, grass, butterflies, etc. inspired by works in the galleries. Also lots of gorgeous books, building toys and multimedia projects that appeal to all ages (including this mom - I made a cool flower-inspired chair prototype). Great play spot for bad weather days (or good weather - it's right next to the sculpture garden). All ages welcome.

Toward a Concrete Utopia: Architecture in Yugoslavia, 1948–1980 (through Jan 1)
Explore the exceptional work of socialist Yugoslavia’s leading architects featuring modernist architecture and forward-thinking contributions still resonate today. Includes more than 400 drawings, models, photographs, and film reels and the sculptural interior of the White Mosque in rural Bosnia, the post-earthquake reconstruction of the city of Skopje based on Kenzo Tange’s Metabolist design, the new town of New Belgrade, with its expressive large-scale housing blocks and civic buildings, and other exciting designs.

Bodys Isek Kingelez: City Dreams (through Jan 1)
Explore visionary artist Bodys Isek Kingelez's vibrant, ambitious sculptures created from an incredible range of everyday materials and found objects—colored paper, commercial packaging, plastic, soda cans, and bottle caps—all meticulously repurposed and arranged into imagined buildings and cities that reflected dreams for his country (then-Zaire, now the Democratic Republic of Congo), his continent, and the world.

Constantin Brancusi Sculpture (through Feb 18)
See 11 beguiling simple sculptures by Constantin Brancusi, shown together for the first time, alongside drawings, photographs, and films. Guess what animals he's evoking with his bold geometric forms or make up your own interpretation. Check out the accompanying playlist from Brancusi's extensive record collection.

If Everything Is Sculpture Why Make Sculpture? (through Sep 30)
See what frozen things do in a summer in this Peter Fischli’s Artist’s Choice in MoMA's Sculpture Garden which features an actual snowman (encased in a glass-door freezer), a white dome that subtly moves, giant geometric forms perfect for hide-and-seek and other cool stuff posing the questions “If everything is sculpture why make sculpture?” Yummy housemade ice cream available by the Parisian Metro Station entrance. Create and cool off in the engaging MoMA Art Lab: Nature nearby.

Family Programs: Engaging, free Family Gallery Talks for ages 4 to 16 are held on most Saturday and Sunday mornings during the school year. On the first Saturday of the month, enjoy new and classic live-action and animated films. Admission is free for family programs and includes access to the museum for up to two adults.

Strollers/Diapers: Strollers can be checked at the coat check in the lobby or easily wheeled around. Changing tables are located in the women's and men's restrooms, near the escalators on each floor. A private restroom on the fifth floor is available for breastfeeding.

Eat & Treats: Casual Cafe 2 on the second floor has yummy Italian food and high chairs. In the summer snack on small plates and gelato in the peaceful Sculpture Garden. Stop by the midtown outpost of the inventive bakery Momofuku Milk Bar two blocks north for aptly-named crack pie and soft serve cereal milk ice cream.

Other Tips: Visit the Education and Family Information Desk on the second floor of the Museum (near Cafe 2) for Family Activity Guides, information on Family Programs, and suggestions from volunteers. MoMA Audio: Kids, a free audio program for kids ages 5-12, is available at the Audio Program desks on the first and sixth floors.

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