Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)

4 West 53rd Street
New York, NY 

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Daily 10 am-5:30 pm
Saturday 10:30 am–7:00 pm
Members only Monday 10:30 am- 1:00pm
Free admission Friday 4:00 –8:00 pm

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

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

moma matisse

Explore spacious galleries and engaging exhibits in a modern, kid-friendly building.

⛲️ No tickets needed for the first floor and Sculpture Garden. Feel the joy of the rainbow Sol Lewitt murals, see Pac-Man in  Never Alone: Video Games and Other Interactive Design, lounge on Eames chairs, and make wishes from the fountain bridge

🖼 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 featuring collection highlights from the 1880s to 1840s. Go early and see those first to avoid crazy crowds.

🚁 Head downstairs and forward in time for more exciting art from modern and contemporary artists such as Andy Warhol, Jackson Pollock,  Jean-Michel Basquiat and Faith Ringgold. Look out for an actual helicopter in the stairwell.

🎨 Work with wire, design emoji, work with light-boxes, play with gorgeous blocks, read picture books and try more creative activities in interactive, all-ages Family Art Lab: Line, Shape, Color.

◎ Walk into and above immersive, text-based Barbara Kruger Thinking of You. I Mean Me. I Mean You, viewable from multiple floors.

📷 Find all sorts of people, protests, parties, gorgeous abstract images, animals, planets and more in massive photography exhibit Wolfgang Tillmans: To look without fear. Be prepared for explicit nudity among the vast range of subjects.

🎧 Visit the Education and Family Information Desk on the second floor of the Museum for Family Activity Guides, information on Family Programs, and suggestions from volunteers. Bring a device and headphones to access kids audio and activity guides. Look for art labels designed for kids throughout Floors 2, 4, and 5. See more tips on visiting with kids.

👶  Stroller-friendly everywhere; changing tables in bathrooms on every floor including private, all-gender restrooms on Floors 1, 3W, 5, and T1.

⭐️ Open only for members & guests on Mondays mornings. Annual memberships start at just $65 and include tons of perks.

🛍 The gift shop is a treasure trove of well-designed toys books and art supplies – plus cool houseware and gadgets for grown-ups.

🍽 Dine on handmade pastas, cured salumi, artisanal cheeses, panini, salads, soups, and desserts at communal tables at casual Café 2. The menu is more limited but includes mac n’ cheese in the sixth-floor Terrace Café, with  indoor and (weather-permitting) outdoor dining. To-go items available in the Sculpture Garden in the summer.

🌳 Lots of room to roam, plus fun shops, fountains and food options at nearby Rockefeller Center. Or head seven blocks north to Central Park and the destination Heckscher Playground.

Café 2

Order rustic Italian cooking, including handmade pastas, cured salumi, artisanal cheeses, panini, salads, soups, and desserts, from the counter to eat at rows of communal, high-design tables. Kids menu with pizza, pasta etc. available as well as cute high chairs.

The line to order can get pretty long mid-day, but near a gift shop for browsing while someone waits. Croissants, danishes, coffee and hot chocolate available at a nearby espresso counter.

MoMA First Floor & Sculpture Garden

No ticket is needed to visit MoMA’s first floor including a lovely Sculpture Garden with a range of interesting statues (and a Paris Metro station entrance). Wander across marble stairs and bridges, throw a penny in the fountain, and bring a picnic or get ice cream and snacks from a stand in the back during warmer months.

By the film entrance, chill in comfy chais among black and white marble and rainbow Sol Lewitt murals. Take advantage of bathrooms with high-tech faucets and charging stations.

To the west, access free galleries with rotating exhibitions.

See our complete guide to MoMA.

Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)

Explore spacious galleries and engaging exhibits in a modern, kid-friendly building.

No tickets needed for the first floor and Sculpture Garden. Feel the joy of the rainbow Sol Lewitt murals, see Pac-Man in Never Alone: Video Games and Other Interactive Design, lounge on Eames chairs, and make wishes from the fountain bridge

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 featuring collection highlights from the 1880s to 1840s. Head downstairs and forward in time for more exciting art from modern and contemporary artists such as Andy Warhol, Jackson Pollock,  Jean-Michel Basquiat and Faith Ringgold. Look out for an actual helicopter in the stairwell.

Work with wire, design emoji, work with light-boxes, play with gorgeous blocks, read picture books and try more creative activities in interactive, all-ages Family Art Lab: Line, Shape, Color. Walk into and above immersive, text-based Barbara Kruger Thinking of You. I Mean Me. I Mean You, viewable from multiple floors.

See our complete guide to MoMA.

Daily 10 am-5:30 pm
Saturday 10:30 am–7:00 pm
Members only Monday 10:30 am- 1:00pm
Free admission Friday 4:00 –8:00 pm

Barbara Kruger Thinking of You. I Mean Me. I Mean You.

Barbara Kruger’s bold textual statements about truth, belief, and power envelop the Marron Family Atrium in a large-scale commission.

Combining provocatively concise language with images drawn from mass-media, the immersive work explores the ways that relationships between spatial and political power invariably relate to considerations of inclusion and exclusion, dominance and agency.

See our complete guide to MoMA.

 

 

Never Alone: Video Games and Other Interactive Design

Explore notable examples of interaction design, the points of contact between objects—whether machines, apps, or entire infrastructures—and people. Watch video games  such as Tetris and Pac-Man, to immersive explorations of the natural world, like Flower, and  records of indigenous traditions and culture, like Never Alone. Works ranges from the iconic and universal @ sign, a symbol dating back to the Middle Ages, to an ad hoc device that allows a graffiti artist with ALS to tag city walls from their bed.

No ticket needed to access this gallery on the first floor.

See our complete guide to MoMA.

 

MoMA Art Lab: Line, Shape, Color

Work with wire, design emoji, engage in light-box play, and more in this all-ages, hands-on space. Drop in and choose from a variety of activities. Make your own emoji, weave paper patterns, browse beautiful picture books, build with unique toys, follow fun drawing prompts and more creative fun.

To get to The Heyman Family Art Lab, walk across the Sculpture Garden, or down the corridor on the second floor of the Museum (past Café 2), then downstairs to the first floor of the Education and Research Building. Small but next to the Sculpture Garden with room for more active play (and snacks for sale).

See our guide to MoMA.

MoMA UNIQLO NYC Nights

Visit MoMA for free the first Friday of every month. Tickets must be reserved in advance (up to two adults, unlimited kids) and are released one week before each event. Proof of residency required.

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Family Art Talk and Workshop: G. Peter Jemison

Celebrate Indigenous Peoples’ Day with painter, mixed media artist, and video artist G. Peter Jemison (Seneca, Heron Clan). Hear how Jemison’s work connects tradition and history with the contemporary Indigenous experience, then tap into your own creativity in a collaborative workshop inspired by Jemison’s art-making process.

Kids and adults participate.

Advance registration required. Registration opens online Friday, September 30, at 10:30 a.m.

See our guide to MoMA.

MoMA Family Gallery Talks

Discover art together through engaging discussions and activities with new themes monthly. Look closely at modern masterpieces and cutting-edge contemporary art and make your own art. One time we discussed why Mark Rothko paintings are like sandwiches then made our own Rothkos from pre-cut paper.

There are multiple groups roughly divided by age. Kids and adults participate.

Registration opens Monday, October 3 at 10:30 am Includes free museum admission for up to two accompanying adults  – plus family passes to come back at a later date!

Also at  2:15 pm for ages 11-14.

See our guide to MoMA.