Museum of Modern Art

11 West 53rd Street (between 5th and 6th avenues)

53rd Street-5th Avenue station (E or V train)

212-708-9400

www.moma.org

The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) recently emerged from an incredible $858 million renovation that doubled the size of this important institution and gave it a new life on its seventy-fifth anniversary. The new museum is 630,000 square feet and still incorporates some of the original architectural elements of Philip Johnson's classic 1953 design in the new concept by Yoshio Taniguchi.

TRAVEL TIP

Although most museums are closed on Mondays, some New York museums are closed on different days. The Museum of Modern Art is closed on Wednesdays, the Guggenheim is closed on Thursdays, the Jewish Museum is closed on Fridays, and the New York City Police Museum is closed Sundays.

MoMA is an international force, its influence felt in all parts of the art world. It is a chief arbiter in determining important, emerging, or enduring works in modern art. Important exhibitions generate buzz for decades, forming watersheds in art history.

The collection is massive. To paraphrase from the museum's own literature, the collection contains more than 150,000 paintings, drawings, sculpture, photographs, prints, architectural models and drawings, and design objects. There are 22,000 films, video, and related materials, and 300,000 books and periodicals. The archives hold historical documentation that need about a half mile of shelf space. Special exhibits and film exhibitions change regularly; check the Web site for the latest offerings.

There are three restaurants in the building, all of which are comfortable for families. Café 2, on the second floor, serves rustic Italian food. Terrace 5 is a sleek and sophisticated café overlooking the sculpture garden. The Modern is an Alsatian restaurant with a separate bar area. It also overlooks the sculpture garden and is the only museum restaurant that allows you to linger past museum hours and leave through a separate exit.

The museum's new Design and Book Store came out of renovation as a striking backdrop to a unique collection of merchandise. There are two other MoMA shops. The Design Store is located across the street at 44 West Fifty-third Street (call for info at 212-767-1050). A second shop at 81 Spring Street at Crosby Street (information at 646-613-1367) is also open (see page 235). Items sold at MoMA stores represent the best of modern industrial and fashion design.

Hours and Fees

Open Saturday, Sunday, Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 10:30 A.M. to 5:30 P.M., Friday to 8 P.M. Closed Tuesdays, Thanksgiving Day, and December 25. Admission: adults $20, seniors (sixty-five and older with ID) $16, students (full time with current ID) $12, members and kids under sixteen are free. Friday nights from 4 to 8 P.M are free. A Top of the Rock ticket combines museum and Rockefeller Center Observatory admission for $30. Film showings are free to ticket holders, but there is a charge to nonadmission viewers.

JUST FOR PARENTS

The museum is sensitive to the needs of families. Before you go, log onto www.moma.org/visit_moma/family.html for valuable tips and preparation for visiting this (or, indeed, any) museum with your children.

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